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Cameron Payne Sees Fit With Thunder, Will Do Whatever Asked Of Him

Jun 26, 2015 1:02 AM

The breakout star of NBA Draft week, Cameron Payne, found himself in a unique position when the Oklahoma City Thunder selected him with the 14th pick on Thursday night. He was taken by a team that should contend for a championship next season despite missing the playoffs altogether this spring, but may not get much of a chance to showcase his playmaking skills early on.

“I was shocked they picked me,” Payne said. “I was thinking I was going to go earlier, but man, God put me in the perfect fit. Everything happened for a reason.”

Payne told RealGM on Wednesday that he loves to play with the ball in his hands.

"I feel my best attribute and the best way for me make my teammates better is me having the ball," Payne said a day before being drafted. "I put people in the perfect position to score; I mean the perfect position. People like playing with me because I can do that and not a lot of people can do that. With the ball, I can set up guys.”

If he spends time on the court alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, Payne is going to have to find another way to make a difference.

“I can be a combo guard. I can be a shooting guard,” Payne said when asked what he’ll bring to the Thunder. “On my team at Murray [State] I really had to score the ball, I was down there on the ball. But anything coach needs me to do, Cameron Payne is going to do it. There’s no way I’m going to be a selfish guy. I’m a point guard, I’m the most unselfish player on the court. If I’m needed to play the two, if I’m need to play the five, I’m going to do it."

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Tags: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Jeremy Lamb Traded To Hornets For Luke Ridnour

Jun 25, 2015 12:45 PM

Jeremy Lamb has been traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a second round pick.

Ridnour has been previously traded by the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies this offseason. Ridnour has a non-guaranteed contract.

Lamb was a lottery pick in 2012 out of UConn.

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Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Luke Ridnour, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jeremy Lamb To Be Traded To Hornets

Jun 24, 2015 7:46 PM

The Charlotte Hornets will acquire Jeremy Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder involving the contract of Matt Barnes.

Barnes will not end up with the Thunder as part of the deal.

Lamb was the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of UConn, coming to the Thunder as part of the James Harden trade.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Tags: Jeremy Lamb, Matt Barnes, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Shopping Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Steve Novak

Jun 23, 2015 2:35 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have made Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Steve Novak available in trade talks.

While the Thunder are financially motivated in their attempts to move a combination of those players, they are also looking for a draft pick.

Jones and Lamb are former first rounders that were unable to find a place in Scott Brooks' regular rotation.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Steve Novak, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Maurice Cheeks Considered Strong Candidate For Thunder Assistant Job

Jun 9, 2015 5:07 PM

Maurice Cheeks has emerged as an assistant coaching candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Cheeks has a good relationship with Russell Westbrook from his previous tenure as an assistant with the Thunder.

Cheeks has been off the sidelines since his brief stint as head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 13-14.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Monty Williams Agrees To Join Thunder As Assistant Coach

Jun 2, 2015 11:19 PM

Monty Williams has agreed to become the top assistant for Billy Donovan with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Williams was fired this offseason by the New Orleans Pelicans.

For Donovan, who is transitioning from the University of Florida to the NBA, the securement of Williams stands as the first significant coup of his regime.


Williams is one of the NBA's most well-respected coaches.

Donovan will keep Oklahoma City assistant Mark Bryant and Darko Rajakovic on staff, and likely make former Alabama coach Anthony Grant his No. 3 assistant coach, league sources said. 

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cameron Payne May Have Promise From Thunder At No. 14

Jun 2, 2015 1:49 PM

Cameron Payne of Murray State has become a player moving up the draft boards of teams rapidly since declaring for the NBA Draft.

Payne has been generating a lot of buzz for the Indiana Pacers.

Several rival general managers believe the Oklahoma City Thunder have made a promise to Payne to take him at No. 14.

Payne could now go well before then to the aforementioned Pacers or even as high as the Sacramento Kings, Denver Nuggets or Charlotte Hornets.

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Tags: Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Pelicans Hoping To Hire Robert Pack

Jun 2, 2015 1:07 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to add Robert Pack to their coaching staff.

Pack has been an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013 after stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans. Pack is unlikely to be retained with the Thunder under Scott Brooks.

Pack had a 13-year NBA playing career and was gathering steam as a head coaching candidate while with the Clippers.

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Scott Brooks Passing On Interviews With Nuggets, Pelicans

May 20, 2015 12:17 PM

Scott Brooks is passing on opportunities to interview with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans. Brooks appears inclined to sit out the entire 15-16 season.

Brooks has a 338-207 career coaching record following his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder and wants to return to the sideline at some point in the future. Brooks was fired by the Thunder this offseason.

Brooks wants to look at television opportunities and reconnect with his family living in California.

Brooks is owed the balance of his 15-16 salary by the Thunder.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Durant Recovering Well, Not Yet At Weight-Bearing Stage

May 19, 2015 11:08 PM

Kevin Durant continues his recovery from his latest foot surgery.

“Doing well," said Sam Presti. "Progressing. There’s certain benchmarks within the season and offseason. We’re not at a weight-bearing stage, but we’re definitely moving in the right direction and excited about him being back on the floor toward the end of the summer.”


Durant hopes to be back on the court by August 1st.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

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

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery
The Wolves have won the lottery with the Lakers moving up to No. 2 and the 76ers staying at No. 3.

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Thunder Appear To Be Targeting Point Guards, Shooters In Draft
The Thunder appeared to focus on point guards and shooters during their interviews at the NBA Draft Combine.

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Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants
Monty Williams was recently fired by the Pelicans, while Andy Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Nate Tibbetts with the Blazers.

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery
The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

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Anthony Grant To Join Thunder Coaching Staff
Anthony Grant was an assistant for Billy Donovan at Marshall and Florida until 2006.

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Russell Westbrook To Represent Thunder At Lottery
The Thunder haven't been in the lottery since they won the third overall pick in 2009 and drafted James Harden.

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Donovan Wants Westbrook To 'Be Able To Be Who He Is'
Billy Donovan wants to establish a personal relationship with Russell Westbrook before they begin to discuss the basketball aspects of their partnership.

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Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

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Kevin Ollie's $5M UConn Buyout Was Non-Starter For Thunder
Kevin Ollie was considered a strong candidate for the job with his success as a coach at UConn and his connection as a former teammate to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

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Thunder Hired Two Former Donovan Staffers Within Past 12 Months
The Thunder hired Mark Saigneault as coach of the Thunder D-League team, while Oliver Winterbone was hired as a data analyst.

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Billy Donovan Hired By Thunder As Head Coach
Billy Donovan will sign a five-year deal with the Thunder.

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Billy Donovan, Thunder Close To Agreement
There's confidence from both the Thunder and Billy Donovan that a deal can be reached.

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Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job
Kevin Durant has reached out to multiple former Florida players about Billy Donovan.

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Thunder, Billy Donovan Begin Discussions For Coaching Job
Billy Donovan is widely regarded as the clear favorite to succeed Scott Brooks.

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Thunder Considering Ettore Messina As Head Coach Candidate
Ettore Messina has had great success as a head coach in Europe and is currently an assistant coach with the Spurs.

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Report: Kevin Ollie Removes Name From Consideration For Thunder Job
Kevin Ollie has been considered a strong candidate for the job following his success at UConn and relationship with Kevin Durant.

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Thunder Confident Enes Kanter Will Re-Sign
Enes Kanter was acquired by the Thunder at the trade deadline.

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Billy Donovan, Kevin Ollie Emerge As Serious Candidates For Thunder
Billy Donovan recently worked on background research on Kevin Durant.

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Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Magic and Nuggets.

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Thunder Fire Scott Brooks
The Thunder have fired Scott Brooks as head coach and Billy Donovan is expected to become a serious candidate.

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