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Paul George Would Have Signed With Lakers If Not For Thunder Trade

Oct 18, 2018 11:03 AM

Paul George revealed he would have signed with the Los Angeles Lakers had he never been traded from the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bit George said he fell in love with the Thunder and playing with Russell Westbrook. George re-signed with the Thunder on a four-year, $137 million contract.

"It was 50-50 on deciding whether I wanted to come back home or if it was smarter to be in the situation I am in now," George told The Undefeated. "But it wasn't overstated. I wanted to play in L.A. That is where I wanted to go. Had that trade never went down, had I played one more year in Indy, I would have been in a Lakers uniform."

The Lakers hoped to meet with George in free agency, but he instead quickly re-signed with the Thunder.

George said he spoke with LeBron James about his possible future plans before his trade to the Thunder, but they never had a similar conversation afterward.

"Going toward the summer and going toward free agency, I kind of had my mind made up talking with the team, talking with Russ and talking with the front-office," George said. "I kind of felt good where we were at. Last [season], I didn't get a chance to start with this team fresh. I got traded late. So, I picked up things late with the team. I wanted to get to it right away this time and start creating early."

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Russell Westbrook Listed As Out For Season Opener

Oct 15, 2018 8:22 PM

Russell Westbrook has been listed as out for the Oklahoma City Thunder's regular season opener against the Golden State Warriors.

While Westbrook is listed out, he could be upgraded on Tuesday.

Westbrook had his knee scoped in September and has missed the entire preseason.

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Russell Westbrook Still Not Cleared For Full Contact

Oct 12, 2018 9:36 AM

Russell Westbrook has yet to be cleared for full-contact practice, which puts his status for the Oklahoma City Thunder's regular season opener against the Golden State Warriors in doubt.

Westbrook had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Sept. 12. 

"Every day for him, he feels better and better," said Donovan. "I don't want to say [if he'll be ready]. I know you guys want to know that, but that's too far out and there will be a lot of things that will go into that decision.

"There's certain things he'll have to go through to get himself fully cleared to play, but he's certainly moving in the right direction and he's worked really hard at his rehab to get himself back."

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

Thunder Sign Donte Grantham, Scotty Hopson, Dez Wells

Oct 10, 2018 7:29 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Donte Grantham, guard Scotty Hopson and forward Dez Wells.

Grantham (6-8, 205) was a four-year starter at Clemson University. In 114 career games (113 starts), he averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.2 minutes per game.

Hopson (6-7, 204) played with Galatasaray in Turkey during the 2017-18 season, appearing in 27 games (13 starts) and averaging 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 20.9 minutes per game.

Wells (6-5, 215) spent the 2017-18 season with Sidigas Avellino in Italy, appearing in 52 games (28 starts) and averaging 11.3 points on 54.2 percent shooting from the field, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.4 minutes per game.

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Thunder Waive Bryce Alford, K.J. McDaniels, Richard Solomon

Oct 10, 2018 10:35 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived guard Bryce Alford, forward K.J. McDaniels and center Richard Solomon.

Alford appeared in three preseason games and averaged 2.3 points and 0.7 rebounds in 3.0 minutes per contest.

McDaniels saw action in two preseason matchups and recorded averages of 3.5 points and 3.0 rebounds in 8.2 minutes.

Solomon did not appear in a game this preseason.

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Andre Roberson Out Two More Months With Knee Setback

Oct 4, 2018 11:18 PM

Andre Roberson will be out for at least two months after suffering a setback in his recovery from left knee surgery. Roberson will likely need even more additional time before he returns to game action.

Roberson was on track to return in November after suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in January.

Roberson is believed to be healing properly from the initial surgery to repair his patellar tendon, but the suture needed to be removed.

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Kevin Durant Supports NBA Team Returning To Seattle

Oct 3, 2018 3:07 PM

Kevin Durant is in support of the NBA returning to Seattle. Durant was drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics and played one season for the team before they relocated to Oklahoma City.

"For sure," Durant told ESPN. "Most definitely. It's a basketball city. It's a sports town. ... They have a good representation of basketball in the NBA from Seattle-born players, Washington state-born players. And I feel like that whole brand deserves an NBA team. Just like the Golden State Warriors deserve a team or the Los Angeles Lakers deserve a team, Seattle is that same way. [A team] has that same type of impact in the community. So [we have] a lot of time in life before this whole thing is over, and I'm sure we'll see a team before it's time."

Durant has always spoken fondly of his time in Seattle and still feels a connection with his first professional home.

"I look back on it and picture what it would have been like to [still] live there and play there, but I had no control [over the move]," he said. "I spent some great, great years in Oklahoma City, and that path was perfect for me. But I still got a connection with the Northwest area, always going up there with Nike in Portland, making trips to Seattle here and there, just knowing that I'm always going to be a Sonic. I think no matter what jersey I put on, I think those fans know that."

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders

Sep 28, 2018 4:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

They discuss the win total, division, conference and title odds as well as any pertinent individual award lines for the Kings (1:58), Suns (10:35), Mavericks (16:40), Grizzlies (25:51), Clippers (30:40), Trail Blazers (39:55), Spurs (46:39), Pelicans (54:25), Timberwolves (1:01:22), Lakers (1:13:21), Nuggets (1:24:22), Thunder (1:30:27), Jazz (1:37:59), Rockets (1:44:26) and Warriors (1:57:51).

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Russell Westbrook Undergoes Knee Surgery

Sep 12, 2018 3:17 PM

Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Westbrook was feeling some stiffness in the last week.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

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Sasha Vujacic Works Out For Pelicans, Thunder

Sep 11, 2018 8:52 AM

Sasha Vujacic worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and will have a workout on Tuesday with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source.

Vujacic last played in the NBA for the New York Knicks in 16-17.

Last season, Vujacic played in Italy.

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Thunder Use Waive-And-Stretch On Kyle Singler
The Thunder will save $23.4 million in salary and luxury tax payments by stretching Kyle Singler's $5 million salary.

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Paul George Didn't Want To Waste Lakers' Time In Free Agency
Paul George announced his decision at a house party in Oklahoma hosted by Russell Westbrook.


RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the Northwest Division

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Thunder To Sign Tyler Davis To Two-Way Contract
Tyler Davis averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Warriors To Play Kings In Seattle On Oct. 5
The preseason game will be the NBA's first return to Seattle since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Durant: I'm Now The Real Me, I Was Phony In OKC
Kevin Durant's demeanor on and off the court has changed since leaving the Thunder.

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Pacers Had 'Qualms' Offering Supermax To Paul George Had He Qualified In 2017
Paul George didn't make an All-NBA team in 2017 and didn't qualify for a supermax.

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Paul George Felt Thunder 'Was The Road For Me To Win'
Paul George privately decided to return to the Thunder several weeks before free agency began.

Marc J. Spears/The Undefeated

Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder
Ed Davis signed a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets.

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Carmelo Anthony: Oklahoma City Wasn't A Good Fit
Carmelo Anthony believes winning "rewrites everything."

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Hamidou Diallo Agrees To Three-Year, $4M Deal With Thunder
Hamidou Diallo was the 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

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Thunder Acquire Abdel Nader From Celtics For Rodney Purvis
Abdel Nader appeared in 48 games last season with the Celtics.

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Thunder Agree To Trade Dakari Johnson To Magic For Rodney Purvis
The Thunder have been working to reduce their luxury tax bill.

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Hawks Trade Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala To Thunder For Carmelo Anthony, 2022 FRP
Carmelo Anthony will be waived.

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Thunder Likely To Waive-And-Stretch Carmelo Anthony
The Thunder are unlikely to find a trade of Carmelo Anthony.

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Rockets Considered Strong Frontrunners To Sign Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has also considered signing with the Heat.

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Paul George Believed To Take Middle Ground Between Security And Maximizing Money
Paul George could have signed a new contract worth 35 percent of the cap after Year 2 if he signed a 2-plus-1 contract.

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Carmelo Anthony Granted Permission To Meet With Rockets, Heat
Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder are working towards a buyout.

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Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony
The Rockets have lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

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Carmelo Anthony To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Heat
The Lakers and Rockets are considered more likely landing spots for Carmelo Anthony than the Heat.

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