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Thunder Intend To Keep Andre Roberson

Apr 26, 2017 7:56 PM

The Oklahoma City and Andre Roberson were unable to agree upon an extension before their deadline at the beginning of the season and he'll be a restricted free agent.

While Roberson is a liability on offense, he has developed into a very good defensive player. Oklahoma City has moved away from the league-wide trend of valuing shooting and instead want cutting and driving.

The Thunder intend to keep Roberson.

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Russell Westbrook Hasn't Thought About Extension But 'Loves' Being With Thunder

Apr 26, 2017 2:45 PM

Russell Westbrook can sign a five-year extension this offseason with the Oklahoma City Thunder worth approximately $220 million.

“I haven’t thought about anything,” Westbrook said Wednesday. “Obviously, everybody knows that I like Oklahoma City and I love being here. I love everybody here. But I haven’t even thought about that.

“I’m worried about making sure my wife was all right, so everything else really doesn’t matter at this point.”

Westbrook talked positively about the future of the Thunder.

"There's a lot of room for us to grow. That's the upside of it all," said Westbrook. "I'm excited about it."

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Russell Westbrook Has Never Complained About Teammates To Front Office

Apr 26, 2017 12:53 PM

Russell Westbrook has never complained about players on the Oklahoma City Thunder, either this season or in the past, a source tells ESPN.

Westbrook prefers to stay out of most front office affairs.

Westbrook is believed to be "very happy with the players on the team and the outlook of the roster."

Westbrook can sign an extension worth approximately $220 million over five years this summer. Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018.

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Thunder Complete 2nd Straight 'Season Of Discovery'

Apr 26, 2017 12:50 PM

Sam Presti repeatedly called 16-17 a "season of discovery" for the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

The Thunder had to remake their roster following the departure of Kevin Durant. Presti had envisioned a starting five that featured Durant, Russell Westbrook and Al Horford with Victor Oladipo and Enes Kanter anchoring their bench when he began the 2016 offseason.

Presti used the same language to describe the 15-16 season.

"You have to remember that this team was 7-6 at one time, and the coaches and the players didn't deviate from that process of discovery, evolution and progress that we talked about, and I think they deserve a lot of credit for that," said Presti during his end of season press conference in 2016.

"And we got to the postseason and felt as if we could continue to play and win series, it gave this team more runway to improve and discover itself. And that's one of the things I think that is really important about the year is that I think it really was a season of discovery, of learning, of cohesion, and as a result of the length of time we were able to play, I thought it allowed us to find ourselves, find our voice as a team and continue to embrace kind of this identity of the Thunder, which is versatility, size, length, and a group of guys that at the end of the year were really playing for one another," said Presti after the loss to the Warriors.

While Westbrook is likely to win MVP, the Thunder were eliminated in five games in the first round of the playoffs.

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Thunder Were +5 In Series When Both Westbrook, Harden Were On Floor

Apr 26, 2017 12:45 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder outscored the Houston Rockets by five points during the minutes of their playoff series in which both Russell Westbrook and James Harden were on the floor at the same time.

The Thunder were +15 when Westbrook was on the floor and -58 with him on the bench in their five-game series.

Westbrook finished the series with averages of 37.4 points, 11.6 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 6.0 turnovers per game.

Westbrook and Harden are expected to finish first and second in regular season MVP voting.

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Russell Westbrook: Don't Try To Split Us Up

Apr 23, 2017 8:50 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled in their series against the Houston Rockets whenever Russell Westbrook has been off the floor.

The Thunder were outscored 13-4 in a stretch that lasted from late in the third quarter to early in the fourth in Game 4.

During a joint press conference, Steven Adams was asked about the issue but was interrupted by Westbrook.

"Hold on Steven," Westbrook said. "I don't want nobody to try and split us up. We're all one team. If I go to the bench and Steven's on the floor and I'm off the floor, we're in this together. Don't split us up. Don't try and split us up. Don't try to make us go against each other or make it Russell and the rest of the guys. Russell against Houston. I don't want to hear that. We're in this together. We play as a team. That's all that matters."

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NBA Reviewing Incident Between Patrick Beverley, Son Of Thunder Minority Owner

Apr 22, 2017 3:52 PM

The NBA is reviewing an incident between Patrick Beverley and a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the first half, Beverley got knocked down after attempting a layup and landed at a fan's feet, identified as Stuart Scaramucci, son of minority Thunder owner Jay Scaramucci. Beverley got up and immediately started to complain about Scaramucci.

Beverley pointed at Scaramucci as referee Scott Foster and several Rockets went to help him up. After the game, Beverley approached Scaramucci, who was sitting behind the basket, and they got into a heated discussion.

The Rockets requested the league look into the incident after Beverley informed them of it.

"The Rockets are taking care of the situation," Beverley said before Saturday's practice. "I'll talk after the investigation is done."

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Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 For Inappropriate Language After Game 2

Apr 21, 2017 11:57 AM

Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his postgame press conference after Game 2.

Westbrook had 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds in the game but used strong words when asked about his stat total.

"I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost."

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Russell Westbrook Shattering Usage Rate Record In Playoffs

Apr 20, 2017 11:18 AM

After the first two games of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Russell Westbrook has a usage rate of 52.0 while James Harden ranks second at 40.9. Westbrook had a usage rate of 41.6 during the regular season, which broke Kobe Bryant's record.

Westbrook's usage rate is shattering all prior marks with Michael Jordan's mark in 1986 of 39.3 being the next closest.

2017: Russell Westbrook, 52.0
2016: Russell Westbrook, 34.3
2015: LeBron James, 37.6
2014: Russell Westbrook: 34.3
2013: Carmelo Anthony, 38.0
2012: Carmelo Anthony, 36.2
2011: Derrick Rose, 35.2
2010: Dwyane Wade: 34.1
2009: Tony Parker: 39.1
2008: Tracy McGrady: 36.0
2007: Tracy McGrady: 35.7
2006: Vince Carter: 34.0
2005: Tracy McGrady: 34.8
2004: Paul Pierce: 33.3
2003: Allen Iverson: 36.8
2002: Allen Iverson: 35.5
2001: Karl Malone: 38.2
2000: Jerry Stackhouse: 35.6
1999: Allen Iverson: 33.1
1998: Michael Jordan: 36.9
1997: Shaquille O'Neal: 35.9
1996: Karl Malone: 35.0
1995: Hakeem Olajuwon: 372
1994: Scottie Pippen: 32.3
1993: Michael Jordan: 38.3
1992: Michael Jordan: 37.2
1991: Michael Jordan: 32.9
1990: Michael Jordan: 36.1
1989: Michael Jordan: 35.7
1988: Dominique Wilkins: 35.9
1987: Michael Jordan: 38.9
1986: Michael Jordan: 39.3

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Russell Westbrook Claims To Not Care About 51/10/13 Line After Game 2 Loss

Apr 20, 2017 11:09 AM

Russell Westbrook sat with his head buried in his phone for 25 straight minutes texting his family and friends after Oklahoma City Thunder dropped Game 2 to the Houston Rockets 115-111.

Westbrook had 51 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds.

"I don't give a f--- about the line," Westbrook said. "We lost."

Westbrook went 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter.

"We can't give away leads like that on the road, man," Westbrook said. "It's too difficult."

 

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Daryl Morey Subtweets Russell Westbrook On Rebounds
Daryl Morey appeared to subtweet Russell Westbrook when replying to a Tweet by Matt Bullard about how Hakeem Olajuwon made it clear that he wanted every available rebound.

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Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision
Russell Westbrook would have been eligible for free agency in 2017 had he not signed an extension.

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Russell Westbrook To Sit For First Time In 16-17
Billy Donovan said Russell Westbrook ultimately made the decision to rest after discussing the issue with the coaching and medical staffs.

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Paul George paced the East in scoring (31.7 ppg) and tied for seventh in rebounding (9.0 rpg) while shooting 57.4 percent from the field as the Pacers went 3-0 for the week.

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Russell Westbrook Breaks Record With 42nd Triple-Double Of 16-17
Russell Westbrook recorded his 42nd triple-double of the season, breaking Oscar Robertson's record from the 61-62 season.

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Russell Westbrook Clinches Triple Double Average For Season
Russell Westbrook is now the first player to average a triple double since Oscar Robertson in the 61-62 season.

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Anthony Grant Leaves Thunder To Become Head Coach Of Dayton
Anthony Grant was an assistant coach for Billy Donovan with the Thunder for the past two seasons.

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Billy Donovan Denies Meeting With Hoosiers About Job
Billy Donovan was previously asked about the job when it became available in mid-March.

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Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry Dispute Report About OKC's Treatment Of Durant
Steve Kerr said "emotional returns or farewells" in the NBA have become "routine" because "guys get traded, they get cut, they sign elsewhere as free agents."

Ethan Sherwood Strauss/ESPN

Warriors Were Upset At Thunder Leadership During Kevin Durant's Return Game
The Warriors felt Kevin Durant should have been acknowledged or thanked in a news conference setting for his time with the Thunder.

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Straw Poll Of 106 Media Members Shows Harden Ahead Of Westbrook In MVP Race
James Harden received 53 first-place votes while Russell Westbrook had 26 first-place votes.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Russell Westbrook In Danger Of Falling Below 10 Assists Per Game
Russell Westbrook needs to average 9.8 assists down the stretch but he's averaging 9.14 in February and March.

Berry Tramel/Oklahoman

Mark Cuban Doesn't Put Russell Westbrook In MVP Conversation
Mark Cuban believes the MVP is a toss-up between James Harden and LeBron James.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month For February
LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for February.

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Thunder Sign Norris Cole For Remainder Of Season
Oklahoma City traded away Cameron Payne last week and needed a backup point guard.

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Thunder Acquire Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson From Bulls For Cameron Payne
Taj Gibson will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Bulls, Thunder Discussing Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson, Andre Roberson, Cameron Payne
The Bulls have interest in Cameron Payne.

Marc Stein, Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Targeting Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

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Clippers, Thunder Continue To Express Interest In Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler requested a trade from the Nuggets in early February.

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James Harden: Durant, Westbrook 'Have To Figure It Out Themselves'
James Harden has remained close with both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Scott Cacciola/New York Times