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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'

Feb 19, 2017 8:24 PM

Four years before Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder via free agency, James Harden was traded by the team to the Houston Rockets.

Harden has remained close with both Durant and Russell Westbrook, who have had a famously icy rivalry in the months since Durant signed with the Warriors.

“They’re two grown men,” Harden said. “They have to figure it out themselves.”

Durant was asked how he's dealt with potential distractions.

“Sometimes it’s tough,” he said. “But when you just block it out, it’s kind of easy. Don’t look at stuff and don’t pay attention. Stuff that you guys think is important, I don’t think it’s important at all. When you look at it that way, it’s pretty easy to me.”

Scott Cacciola/New York Times

Tags: James Harden, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Clippers, Thunder Interested In Wilson Chandler

Feb 19, 2017 2:13 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder both have interest in trading for Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.

Both the Clippers and Thunder have limited assets to offer though they'd like to be buyers at the deadline.

The Thunder had interest previously in trading for Rudy Gay before his season-ending injury.

Chandler is a versatile veteran player that can play either forward position.

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Russell Westbrook: I'm Happy With My Team I Have Now

Feb 17, 2017 6:35 PM

Russell Westbrook was asked a number of questions about Kevin Durant during his media availability on Friday at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Westbrook was asked what he thinks will end the constant questions about his relationship with Durant.

"I don't know what you all need," said Westbrook. "I'm in a great place. I'm having fun. Having a great time. I'm happy with my team I have now and looking forward to moving forward."

When Westbrook was asked more questions about Durant and the Golden State Warriors, he began to reply with questions to the reporters about fashion.

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Russell Westbrook Becomes 5th Straight Different Pre-ASG PER Leader

Feb 17, 2017 1:07 PM

Russell Westbrook heads into the All-Star Game with a NBA-leading PER of 29.7, which is the lowest mark since LeBron James in the lockout-shortened 2011. The NBA has had a different leader in PER in each of the past five seasons since James' streak of six straight came to an end with Kevin Durant in 13-14.


16-17: Russell Westbrook: 29.7

15-16: Stephen Curry: 32.0 / 31.5 / 31.0

14-15: Anthony Davis: 31.6 / 28.8 / 30.7

13-14: Kevin Durant: 30.2 / 28.2 / 29.5

12-13: LeBron James: 31.1 / 32.3 / 31.5

11-12: LeBron James: 31.5 / 30.0 / 30.8

10-11: LeBron James: 26.4 / 29.3 / 27.4

09-10: LeBron James: 31.0 / 31.2 / 31.1

08-09: LeBron James: 31.4 / 32.1 / 31.7

07-08: LeBron James: 29.3 / 28.6 / 29.0

06-07: Dwyane Wade: 29.1 / 18.2 / 28.1

05-06: LeBron James: 28.6 / 27.0 / 27.8

04-05: Kevin Garnett: 27.6 / 29.3 / 28.1

03-04: Kevin Garnett: 29.0 / 30.3 / 29.5

02-03: Tracy McGrady: 28.3 / 33.2 / 30.3

01-02: Shaquille O’Neal: 29.1 / 30.1 / 29.6

00-01: Shaquille O’Neal: 27.8 / 33.2 / 30.3

99-00: Shaquille O’Neal: 29.7 / 31.8 / 30.5

98-99: Shaquille O’Neal: 30.5 (no All-Star Game)

97-98: Shaquille O’Neal: 29.3 / 28.3 / 28.6

96-97: Michael Jordan: 29.0 / 25.9 / 27.7

95-96: David Robinson: 28.9 / 30.2 / 29.5

94-95: David Robinson: 28.6 / 29.6 / 29.0

93-94: David Robinson: 29.3 / 32.3 / 30.6

92-93: Michael Jordan: 29.0 / 31.3 / 29.8

91-92: David Robinson: 27.5 / 26.7 / 27.2

90-91: Michael Jordan: 31.2 / 32.0 / 31.5

89-90: Michael Jordan: 29.3 / 33.4 / 31.0

88-89: Michael Jordan: 31.7 / 30.3 / 31.1

87-88: Michael Jordan: 32.4 / 30.9 / 31.7

86-87: Michael Jordan: 27.5 / 32.4 / 29.7

85-86: Magic Johnson: 24.6 / 22.7 / 23.7

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LeBron, Durant, Curry, Harden, Westbrook Comprise NBA's Top-5 In Total Earnings

Feb 15, 2017 1:27 PM

LeBron James is the highest-paid player in the NBA in terms of total earnings for the third straight year at $88 million. James has earned more than $600 million since turning pro in 2003. James’ salary this season is $31 million after re-signing with the Cavs this summer for three years and $99.9 million, while he'll make $55 million in off-court earnings.

James added endorsement deals with Intel and Verizon over the last year, while parting ways with Samsung and Tencent. The new partners join Nike, Coca-Cola (Sprite), Beats Electronics and Kia Motor in James’ endorsement stable with James “lifetime” Nike deal potentially worth $1 billion, according to his business manager Maverick Carter.

Kevin Durant will make the second most money this season with earnings of $62.5 million, followed by Stephen Curry at $47.1 million. Curry’s $12.1 million salary ranks No. 83 in the NBA but he will make $35 million off the court.

Rounding out the top five highest-paid NBA players are James Harden ($46.5 million) and Russell Westbrook ($41.5 million).

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Tags: LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA CBA

Thunder Sought Patterson, Powell, No. 9 From Raptors For Ibaka In June

Feb 14, 2017 7:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors held trade talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Serge Ibaka last June before he was dealt to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder asked for Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell and the No. 9 overall pick that became Jakob Poeltl from the Raptors. Oklahoma City instead traded Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the pick that became Domantas Sabonis.

Toronto acquired Ibaka on Tuesday from the Magic for Terrence Ross and a late first round pick in this year's draft.

Masai Ujiri has long been interested in acquiring Ibaka.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

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Warriors-Thunder Draws Highest Non-Christmas Rating Since 2013

Feb 12, 2017 6:30 PM

Kevin Durant's return to face the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time as a member of the Golden State Warriors drew the highest rating for any non-Christmas NBA regular season game since 2013.

The broadcast peaked with a 4.7 from 11-11:15 p.m. ET. It averaged a 19.5 rating in the Oklahoma City market, which is the best rating for a regular-season NBA game on ABC or ESPN since 2012 in the market.

Additionally, the broadcast delivered a 14.3 in the San Francisco-Oakland market, making it the second-highest rated game of the season on ABC or ESPN (second to Christmas).

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Westbrook On Durant's Return: Got To Move Forward

Feb 11, 2017 7:33 PM

Hours before Kevin Durant's first return to Oklahoma City, Russell Westbrook spoke as extensively about his former teammate as he has in months.

"Obviously, us playing here, we grew up here together," Westbrook said before Saturday night's game. "Since then, his decision has been made about what's best for him and his future, and I made the decision that was best for mine, and that's just how it's been."

Durant and Westbrook have yet to speak since Durant announced his decision to sign with the Warriors.

Asked how that could be with a player he often referred to as his "brother," Westbrook said that's just how it is.

"Sometimes it happens like that," Westbrook said. "There's nothing I can say about it. Sometimes that's how things go."

Westbrook and Durant were teammates for eight seasons.

"Hurt? I mean, I'm fine. I'm fine. Honestly. Move forward," he said. "Things happen in life, man, and as a man, you've got to move forward. I have a great group of guys here that I love like my brothers. There's been many-a-teammates I've had here before that left me, and they're still my brothers. That I still talk to and I don't talk to. Not just Kevin. There's many guys that have come in and out of Oklahoma City that I've gained a relationship with that maybe you guys don't know about, but I think obviously, with me and Kevin, it's a little bigger stage. It happens."

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Russell Westbrook: Durant Did A Lot For OKC, Crowd Reaction Up To Them

Feb 10, 2017 10:54 AM

After the Oklahoma City Thunder played their final game before the first return of Kevin Durant with the Golden State Warriors, Russell Westbrook was asked what type of atmosphere he's expecting.

"Same one we have every night," said Westbrook.

Westbrook was then asked if he cares how the crowd responds to Durant.

"It's kind of up to them. It's up to them what they want to do," Westbrook said. "Obviously Kevin has done a lot for Oklahoma City and our team while he was here, so it's kind of up to them. It doesn't really matter to me one way or the other. It's a basketball game and we have to go out and compete."

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Kevin Durant Realized Westbrook Storyline 'Fake Drama'

Feb 8, 2017 11:38 AM

Kevin Durant admitted he's "been thinking" about his return to Oklahoma City this Saturday "for the last month" and just wants "to experience it [and] see how I feel once that moment comes."

"I know they're going to be rowdy in there, man," Durant told Stein. "I've been a part of some of the loudest nights in that arena. So I know it's not going to be the friendliest welcome, but, like I said, I can't wait to see the people that I really built relationships with over my time there and, you know, I'm sure fans that I got to know throughout my time playing there, even though they might not cheer for me out loud, I'll give 'em a wink and they know what we had deep down inside."

Durant also talked about the storyline pitting him against Russell Westbrook since his departure.

"I realized that earlier on in the season," Durant said, explaining his contention that it's "fake drama."

"I was doing an interview with someone and I used the word 'unselfish' to describe my teammates here [with] the Warriors and someone asked Russell the question, asked if he heard what I said about being unselfish and he phrased the question as if I was saying that the Thunder and the organization and the team was selfish. And once I heard that, I was like, 'They are trying to get in between this thing and make it bigger than what it is.'

"Obviously Russell wasn't going to hear that [full] interview I had about me just talking about my teammates I have now and someone in Oklahoma City phrased it to him as if I was calling them selfish. It's that easy. It's that easy for the media to twist something up and for the media, you know, [to] make a feud between us."



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James Harden Overtakes Westbrook As Oddsmakers' MVP Favorite
James Harden's odds are at 10/11 compared to 5/4 for Westbrook.

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Sam Presti: Some People In OKC Hold Themselves Differently Because Of Westbrook
Sam Presti suggests Russell Westbrook helps people in Oklahoma City with their job interviews because of his confidence.

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Enes Kanter Apologizes For Breaking Forearm
Enes Kanter fractured his arm when he attempted to punch the seat of a padded chair in frustration.

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Enes Kanter Out 6-8 Weeks With Fractured Forearm
Enes Kanter suffered a fractured right forearm punching his hand on a chair.

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Kings Aspired To Create Big 3 With Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay
Vivek Ranadive previously told one league insider he aspired for the Kings to assemble a big three with Russell Westbrook joining DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

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Russell Westbrook Promises Revenge Upon Zaza Pachulia
Zaza Pachulia was handed a flagrant foul 1 for the play, following a review by the officials.

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Kevin Durant Reflects On Time With Westbrook, Harden
Kevin Durant reflected back this week on how special the Thunder were earlier in his career playing beside fellow MVP candidates Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Anthony Slater/San Jose Mercury News

Thunder Assign Semaj Christon To D-League
In 36 games with the Thunder this season, Semaj Christon is averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 assists in 15.4 minutes.

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Cameron Payne Recalled From D-League By Thunder
Cameron Payne averaged 18.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 rebound in 20.0 minutes in two games in the D-League.

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Russell Westbrook Claims Throwing Ball At Ref Was Unintentional
Russell Westbrook was called for a technical foul when he threw the game ball at a referee who wasn't looking.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant May Have Chosen Celtics Had Warriors Won 2016 Title
The Celtics were one of the teams that met with Kevin Durant during his 2016 free agency in the Hamptons.

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Thunder Assign Cameron Payne To D-League
Cameron Payne hasn't played this season as he's dealt with multiple foot injuries.

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Russell Westbrook Believes He's Treated Differently By Officials
Russell Westbrook was ejected in Thursday's loss to the Grizzlies.

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Isaiah Thomas, Russell Westbrook Named NBA Players Of The Week
Isaiah Thomas led the Eastern Conference in scoring (33.3 ppg) and ranked sixth in assists (7.3 apg) as the Celtics went 3-1, with all three wins coming on the road.

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Russell Westbrook Denies Yelling 'Thank You Kyrie'
Russell Westbrook was adamant he didn't yell "Thank you Kyrie!" as he ran off the court making a shot to close out his pregame shootaround.

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook, James Harden Will Be Grandfathered Into Super-Max
Both James Harden and Russell Westbrook signed extensions in the 2016 offseason.

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Victor Oladipo Continues To Miss Time But Won't Need Surgery On Wrist
Billy Donovan didn't say Victor Oladipo was day-to-day, but emphasized that Oladipo is "getting better and progressing."

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Cameron Payne Nearing His 16-17 Season Debut
Cameron Payne suffered a fracture of his fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

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Russell Westbrook Sick Of Triple-Double Talk After Two Straight Games Without One
Before Russell Westbrook's two-game slide of losses and no triple-doubles, he was more willing to discuss triple-doubles.

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Thunder, Pacers, Rockets Have Had Interest In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay can become a free agent this offseason and has openly suggested he isn't interested in re-signing with the Kings.

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