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Thunder Not Ruling Out Playing Kevin Durant At Center Against Warriors

Feb 5, 2016 7:53 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder had Serge Ibaka defending D.J. Augustin in one-on-one situations in practice on Friday ahead of their game against the Golden State Warriors.

Billy Donovan didn't rule out having Kevin Durant play center as well.

"I don’t know about that necessarily. I think we’ll have to see the way the game goes,” Donovan said. “Kevin is one of those guys, I’d say, because of his IQ it’s not something I would worry about. I think he’s really smart, he can pick up anything.”

Durant has played 79 percent of his minutes at small forward and 21 percent at power forward.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Rockets Still Planning All-Out Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

Feb 3, 2016 6:23 PM

The Houston Rockets continue to plan an all-out pursuit in free agency of Kevin Durant.

The Rockets have long believed they're in as good of a position as any team to sign Durant away from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant and James Harden remain close friends. Harden was traded by the Thunder to the Rockets in 2012.

The Rockets can sign Durant to a max contract while also re-signing Dwight Howard.

Calvin Watkins, Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: Free Agency Reports Don't Distract Thunder

Feb 3, 2016 2:28 PM

Kevin Durant said rumors about his free agency are not a distraction for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"Nah, nobody talks about it here," Durant told reporters following shootaround Wednesday. "We don't even talk about basketball outside the court, much less free agency chatter. We don't talk about that stuff. As soon as we walk off this court it's friendships and brotherhood. It makes it easier when you have a group of guys where's that's not always turned on talking about basketball."

A report on Tuesday indicated the Golden State Warriors are "significant frontrunners" to sign Durant should he leave the Thunder.

"It's out of my control," Durant said. "Guys are going to write stories, write what they want to write about, but I just try to stay locked in where I am and try to be the best teammate and help my team win a championship."

Durant was again linked to the Los Angeles Lakers this past weekend by Stephen A. Smith with Russell Westbrook mentioned as possibly joining him.

"I blame it on you, man," Durant joked to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman about the recent increase, who last week wrote a piece on the surprising lack of conversation about his free agency. "Before you had a little story out, nothing was happening and it was cool. But now, I guess you could say it's ramped up.

"But that's just a part of it, that's a part of this process. I understand that. Everybody has to do their jobs," Durant continued. "Of course the fans want to know what's going on but I can't control any of that. I just try to come out and work hard every single day and focus on what's in front of me and not worry about what's going to happen down the line. All that stuff I can't control. Like I said, when that time comes we'll talk about it, but for right now I'm 100 percent locked in and committed to being the best teammate and player I can be and helping my team get a championship."

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant Named January's Players Of The Month

Feb 2, 2016 3:49 PM

Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been named co-winners of the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award for January, while Kevin Durant received the honor in the Western Conference.

DeRozan ranked second among Eastern Conference players in January, averaging 23.9 points and recording eight games with 20+ points. He shot .442 (118-for-267) from the field, .417 (15-for-36) from three-point range and .848 (84-for-99) at the free throw line. DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points January 8 at Washington and matched a career-high with 11 rebounds January 14 during an NBA Global Game in London, England versus Orlando. He also matched a career high with three consecutive 30-point games January 18-22, averaging 32.3 points during this stretch.

Lowry finished seventh in East scoring last month averaging 21.7 points and was the only player in the conference to record 300+ points, 90+ assists and 30+ steals. Lowry matched a season high by making seven three-pointers January 18 versus Brooklyn and ranked second among East players with 39 three-pointers. He recorded five double-doubles during the month, which tied for second among East guards. Lowry recorded a season-high 11 assists January 1 versus Charlotte and matched a season high with 10 rebounds January 8 at Washington.

Durant finished second in the NBA in scoring (28.5 ppg) and added 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists as the Thunder went 13-3 in January. He shot 49.7 percent from the field and 88.8 percent from the free throw line. 

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Clippers Willing To Deal Blake Griffin For Durant In Sign-And-Trade

Feb 2, 2016 1:51 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers are determined to play out the season with Blake Griffin despite receiving trade calls on his availability.

The Clippers are expected to pursue Kevin Durant in free agency and wouldn't hesitate to trade away Griffin for him.

The Thunder would resist a sign-and-trade deal involving Durant until they're sure he would leave anyway.

Griffin is an Oklahoma native and he would give the Thunder the opportunity to acquire another perennial All-Star.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors Considered Favorites For Kevin Durant If He Leaves Thunder

Feb 2, 2016 1:42 PM

The Golden State Warriors are considered the significant frontrunners to sign Kevin Durant should he decide to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency.

Durant has not even come close to making any decisions about his future with the Thunder, but he is determined to win and that keeps bringing him back to the Warriors.

Durant is expected to explore his options in free agency barring a title by the Thunder.

Draymond Green would perhaps need to sacrifice the most if the Warriors acquire Durant, but he also is strongly in support of pursuing him. Green is expected to be a tenacious recruiter of Durant.

“We obviously have a very appealing and attractive team and organization,” Joe Lacob told The Vertical.

“… We have a team – and a team concept,” Lacob said. “We’re proud of that. Proud of the way the coaching staff coaches that way, the players play that way. And our leader, Steph, epitomizes that. I do think that they all just want to win. That’s our mantra for the whole organization. I think anybody could feel comfortable coming onto this team.”

The Warriors would have to make several moves in order to clear enough cap space to sign Durant.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Interested In Upgrading Wing Position At Deadline

Feb 2, 2016 11:34 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have shown interest on the trade market for available wings.

Courtney Lee or P.J. Tucker would represent upgrades at the position for the Thunder.

Trade talks have not progressed to the serious stage yet for the Thunder.

Oklahoma City isn't yet sure who will play down the stretch amongst Andre Roberson, Dion Waiters, Cameron Payne, Kyle Singler and Anthony Morrow.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Doing Better Job Than Brooks Holding Stars Accountable

Feb 2, 2016 11:32 AM

Billy Donovan has reportedly done a better job than Scott Brooks in holding the Oklahoma City Thunder stars accountable on defense in film sessions.

The Thunder are always a good defensive team but they can be great when they are dialed in.

Oklahoma City currently ranks 12th in defensive efficiency at 104.2 points per 100 possessions allowed.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant Named NBA Players Of The Week

Feb 1, 2016 4:17 PM

Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant were today named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Jan. 25 through Sunday, Jan. 31.

Wade led the Heat to a 4-0 week, which included wins over the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, behind averages of 24.0 points (tied-third in the Eastern Conference), 7.0 assists (fourth in the conference), 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals (tied-eighth in the conference) and 1.75 blocks (tied-fifth in the conference). On Jan. 26, he tallied 27 points, eight assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks during a 102-98 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Durant's league-best 34.7 points on the week helped the Thunder to a 3-0 record. He ranked fourth in the Western Conference with 11.7 rebounds, contributed 4.3 assists and averaged a conference-high 40.0 minutes. Durant recorded point-rebound double-doubles twice, including a 44-point, 14-rebound outing on Jan. 26, as the Thunder topped the New York Knicks 128-122 in overtime.

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Tags: Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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Stephen A. Smith: Lakers Led To Believe Durant, Westbrook Could Join Team

Jan 31, 2016 11:33 AM

Stephen A. Smith of ESPN again spoke about the possibility of Kevin Durant signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Keep in mind this, one of the biggest reasons I'm told, that Kevin Durant may have the Lakers at the top of his list, is because the Lakers have been led to believe, by whom specifically I do not know, but the Lakers have been led to believe that it is a very good chance that the following year Russell Westbrook is coming," said Smith.

Westbrook grew up in Los Angeles and will become a free agent in 2017, one season after Durant.

"Make no doubt about it, Russell Westbrook doesn't have a problem being in L.A."

Ryan Ward/Los Angeles Examiner

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant: I Haven't Sat Down And Thought About Free Agency
Kevin Durant was asked about his 2016 free agency on Tuesday and what's important to him in that process.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Media Not Asking Kevin Durant About 2016 Free Agency
There have been no sourced stories about Kevin Durant's free agency plans since a controversial Stephen A. Smith report about the Lakers.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Andre Roberson Out At Least Three Weeks With Knee Injury
Russell Westbrook crashed into Andre Roberson's right leg after flying in for a missed reverse layup.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Kevin Durant: We Can Achieve Same Result As Spurs Without Tons Of Passing
Kevin Durant spoke about the differences between the Thunder offense and the ball movement of the Spurs.

Royce Young/Oklahoman

Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Get Final ASG Starter Spots
Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the five starters for the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

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LeBron, Durant, Kobe In Top-3 Of Highest Total Earnings
LeBron James has the most earning power of current NBA players with $71 million in combined player contract salary and endorsements.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

John Wall, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
John Wall led the Wizards to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.0 points, a conference-leading 9.8 assists, 6.0 rebounds and a conference-leading 3.0 steals.

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Kevin Durant Clarifies Feelings Towards Media
Kevin Durant's opinions of how the media perceives the Thunder became a topic again this week.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Thunder Have Only Played 3 Of 17 Scheduled Games Against Each Other
Games between the Warriors/Spurs, Warriors/Thunder and Cavs/Spurs have yet to happen despite approaching the midway point in the season.

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, John Wall Named NBA Players Of Month
John Wall was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shared the honor in the Western Conference

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Jeremy Lamb: I Just Wanted An Opportunity
Jeremy Lamb has been given more minutes with the Hornets.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Warriors Receiving Some Buzz As Destination For Kevin Durant
According to the speculation of some of "those around league" that have spoken with Chris Broussard, the Warriors are a possible destination for Kevin Durant.

Chris Broussard/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Russell Westbrook Watched Tape In Offseason Of His Technical Fouls
Russell Westbrook has four technical fouls in 31 games so far this season compared to 15 in 67 last season.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Marcin Gortat, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Week
Marcin Gortat led the Wizards to a 3-0 week behind averages of 21.3 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.67 blocks.

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Durant, Westbrook Have NBA's First Dual 25 Point-10 Assist Game Since 1996
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were the first teammates to each have at least 25 points and 10 assists in a regulation game since John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Murray Evans/Associated Press

LeBron: Kevin Durant Could Break Kareem's Scoring Record
LeBron James said Kevin Durant has an unprecedented combination of skills.

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Thunder Have Had Positive Dealings With Roc Nation
There were initially concerns within the Thunder organization that the presence of Roc Nation would influence Kevin Durant to move a bigger market.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Thunder Assign Josh Huestis, Cameron Payne To D-League
Cameron Payne recorded 19 points, seven assists and four steals during the Blue's 116-92 victory over the Westchester Knicks on Dec. 5.

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Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Russell Westbrook Gives Largest Contribution To UCLA By Former Basketball Player
UCLA will name the floor of the Men's Basketball practice facility Russell Westbrook Court after his significant financial contribution.

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