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Monty Williams Building Strong Connection With Kevin Durant

Oct 6, 2015 2:34 PM

Monty Williams has already made a strong connection with Kevin Durant in his first season as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams has reportedly "penetrated Durant's circumspect venner."

"When he talks to Monty," the person said, "he's like a little kid talking to his father. He stares at him, listens to every word he says."

Durant has also appeared to be engaged by Oklahoma City's new offense.

"New system, new coach," Durant said this week. "Feels like a new era of basketball."


Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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

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Donovan Preferring Adams, Roberson In Starting Lineup Over Kanter, Waiters

Oct 5, 2015 12:35 PM

Billy Donovan is preferring Andre Roberson and Steven Adams in the Oklahoma City Thunder starting lineup, joining Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka.

The Thunder matched a four-year, $70 million offer sheet in the offseason signed by Enes Kanter.

Dion Waiters also figures to play significant minutes on the wing.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kevin Durant Appears Fully Healthy In Public Scrimmage

Oct 5, 2015 12:33 PM

Kevin Durant looked all the way healthy during a intrasquad scrimmage of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant had 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting.

“That's what he's been doing in practice,” Billy Donovan said. “Like we said, he's fully cleared to play.”

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant: Stephen A. Smith 'Lying' About Lakers' Interest

Oct 2, 2015 2:18 PM

Kevin Durant was asked about a report from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggesting he's more likely to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers if he leaves the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I don't talk to Stephen A. Smith at all," said Durant. "No one in my family, my friends do. So he's lying."

Durant will become a free agent in 2016.

"I have people who I talk to about everything and I know for a fact they didn't talk to him, so he's making up stories."

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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

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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Michael Qualls Signs Camp Deal With Thunder

Sep 29, 2015 12:16 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Michael Qualls. 

Qualls (6-6, 205), joins the Thunder after a three-year collegiate career at the University of Arkansas where he appeared in 100 games (56 starts) and averaged 11.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23.8 minutes per game. This past season, Qualls received Second-Team All SEC honors after averaging 15.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game during his junior year.


RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Michael Qualls, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Wall Prepared To Help In Wizards' Pitch To Kevin Durant

Sep 28, 2015 11:50 AM

John Wall is prepared to help recruit Kevin Durant to the Washington Wizards.

If Durant seriously entertains leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Wizards are considered a frontrunner due to their young backcourt and because it is where he grew up.

"There's gonna be an opportunity to throw a pitch at him to try to get him to come back home," Wall told Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Durant was on the sidelines of a football game between Washington and the New York Giants last week.

"But I know one thing of just knowing him he's going to be very focused on taking care of Oklahoma City this season, and I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards," Wall said. "But when the time is right and he can get away from all that, yeah, we'll probably have some conversation and throw a pitch."


Tags: John Wall, Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Julyan Stone Agrees To Deal With Thunder

Sep 23, 2015 8:54 PM

Julyan Stone has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Stone has previously played with the Denver Nuggets and Toronto Raptors. Stone played last season in Italy.

Stone went undrafted in 2011 out of UTEP.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Julyan Stone, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Durant Fully Cleared For Camp, Playing 5-On-5 Already

Sep 23, 2015 11:58 AM

Kevin Durant has been fully cleared for training camp as he recovers from multiple foot surgeries.

Durant is already playing 5-on-5 without restrictions.

"He feels great," said Sam Presti. "Looks great. Happy to have him back on the floor."

Presti was asked if Durant's minutes may be reduced.

"I think that's something that Billy (Donovan) and Kevin and our medical team will work on."

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kevin Durant: I'm Still The Best Player In The World

Sep 8, 2015 1:40 PM

Kevin Durant is working on returning to full health and his MVP levels of 2014.

"I think we have a really good team," Durant said during an event in Madrid promoting the new edition of his Nike signature sneaker. "We have to come together and play as one, and that's harder than people realize. But we're ready to take on the challenge. We're under the radar, exactly where we want to be, and looking forward to having a good season. And yes, I'm still the best player in the world."

Durant had multiple surgeries on his foot over the past year.

Dan Devine/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Thunder, Nike Already Discussing Logo Redesign
The Thunder, however, are unlikely to move away from the shield motif.

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Russell Westbrook Marries Nina Earl
The couple met while they were both at UCLA playing basketball.

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Thunder Signing Talib Zanna On Non-Guaranteed Deal
The Thunder have agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with Talib Zanna, league sources told RealGM.

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Dez Wells, Thunder Agree To Undrafted Free Agent Deal
Dez Wells has reached agreement on a free-agent contract with the Thunder, league sources told RealGM.

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Kevin Durant Had Crack In Bone Prior To Surgery
Kevin Durant used a controversial bone-graft material that is not FDA approved for use in the foot to promote greater bone growth this time.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Kevin Durant: I'm The Best Player In The World
Kevin Durant was at Team USA's practice on Wednesday as he attempts his comeback.

Vincent Goodwill/Comcast Chicago

Durant, Carmelo To Practice With Team USA
Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony are scheduled to make their first steps towards their comebacks from injury.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder To Open Season Schedule Against Spurs
It will mark the second time in four seasons that the Thunder has opened its season against the Spurs.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Josh Huestis Signs Four-Year Rookie Deal With Thunder
Josh Huestis became the first domestic draft-and-stash a year ago out of Stanford, agreeing to be the Thunder selection and placed into their D-League affiliate for one season.

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller
Mike Miller was traded by the Cavaliers to the Blazers and he'll be waived.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Durant, Westbrook Organize L.A. Workouts With Several Teammates, Donovan
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook worked out together on UCLA's campus on Monday with Billy Donovan in attendance.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Celtics Acquire Perry Jones From Thunder
The Thunder will save approximately $7 million on the luxury tax by unloading Perry Jones.

Steve Bulpett/Boston Herald

Most Execs Expect Kevin Durant To Re-Sign With Thunder In 2016
Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and most league executives informally polled at Summer League by Ken Berger expect him to re-sign.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Thunder Likely To Shop Steve Novak, Perry Jones III
The Thunder currently are on pace to have a $24 million luxury tax payment at the end of next season.

Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Match Enes Kanter's Offer Sheet With Blazers
Enes Kanter signed a maximum-level four-year deal with a player option on the fourth year with the Blazers worth $70 million.

Royce Young/ESPN

Enes Kanter Signs Four-Year, $70M Offer Sheet With Blazers
Oklahoma City has been expected to match any offer sheet Enes Kanter signs with a rival team.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Reggie Jackson, Pistons Agree Upon Five-Year, $80M Deal
Reggie Jackson had previously turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Thunder.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Durant On Aldridge: You've Got To Focus On You At This Point Of Your Career
Kevin Durant himself will be a free agent in 2016 for the first time in his career.

Royce Young/ESPN

Kyle Singler, Thunder Agree Upon Five-Year, $25M Deal
Kyle Singler was a restricted free agent.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Exec Expects Westbrook, Harden To Join Forces With Lakers
Russell Westbrook is not eligible to become a free agent until 2016, while James Harden isn't a free agent until 2018.

Baxter Holmes, Larry Coon/ESPN

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