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Paul George Receives 'We Want Paul' Chant From L.A. Fans

Feb 17, 2018 7:12 PM

Paul George received "We want Paul! We want Paul!" chants from the crowd in Los Angeles when he took the podium for All-Star media day.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as he enters free agency this offseason.

"It makes you feel great,'' George said. "I love it. It's not to say that I don't. I felt the energy. I know where the love is.''

George grew up approximately 65 miles from Staples Center.

"It feels good to be welcome. I think anybody would want to be wanted and be welcomed,'' he said.

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Tags: Paul George, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Wolves, Thunder Could Pursue Joakim Noah If Bought Out

Feb 8, 2018 9:08 AM

While a buyout for Joakim Noah with the New York Knicks is unlikely, he would receive interest from several teams if he becomes a free agent.

Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves would be expected to show interest in signing Noah.

Noah is due $18.53 million in 18-19 and $19.3 million in 19-20.

Noah has been away from the Knicks as they attempt to trade him following his altercation with Jeff Hornacek.

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Tags: Joakim Noah, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Have Strong Interest In Avery Bradley

Feb 7, 2018 10:23 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are believed to have strong interest in trading for Avery Bradley.

Bradley is available in trade talks by the Los Angeles Clippers as he's on an $8.8 million expiring contract.

The Thunder have a need on the wing following the season-ending injury to Andre Roberson.

Bradley has a history in effectively defending Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.

The Thunder have limited ways of acquiring Bradley as they can't trade a first round pick until 2022.

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Tags: Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul George Lauds 'Savvy, Smart' Thunder Franchise

Feb 7, 2018 9:14 PM

Paul George is about to move past the trade deadline with the Oklahoma City Thunder feeling very good about the franchise a few months before his free agency.

“This is a very savvy, smart organization,” George said of the Thunder. “They understand that they’re about winning, and some things take time. I don't think when they brought us together, it was something...(where) they thought this was going to be a team that was (winning) 60, 70 (games). I think they knew it was going to be an adjustment, us three coming together.

“I've never been on a team with this much starpower. I know Russ had KD, and Melo has been used to being by himself, so I think what it comes down to is they know this is a process and they're putting all their chips into us. They're confident, and we're confident, in this thing working out.”

George has connected well with Russell Westbrook.

“It feels great,” he said of the fit with Westbrook. “Even tonight (against the Warriors), we were just pushing each other. When I came out early, I'm like, 'Russ, man, take it further. Push it further.' And then when I checked back in, he came out, 'P, take it further, push it further.' So it's great. I think we're feeding off each other. We're both different types of players, and I think that's why this is working so well.

“I'm a catch and shoot (player), like to play off the ball, and he's so great at attacking and getting in the paint and making guys like myself, making it easy for me. I think that's the reason why it's working. We just play really well off one another.”

George is excited for Oklahoma City's playoff run before his free agency.

“Well, I mean I'm happy here,” George said. “I'm happy here. I'm happy with this group. At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family. That has nothing to do with my happiness here though. I've been really happy. It's a great organization to be a part of, but again, you know, I don't want people looking at this and (saying) like, 'Hey, because he said it's his happiness at the end of the day (that he’s definitely re-signing).

“I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason. But I can say I am happy about being here. I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organization. This front office has shown what they can do to go get pieces and how active they are about winning.”

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Tags: Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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Thunder Expected To Make Move By Deadline

Feb 6, 2018 11:53 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been engaging in the trade market leading to the deadline with an emphasis on a wing addition.

The Thunder have been linked to Rodney Hood and Tony Allen.

Oklahoma City can't trade a first rounder until 2022 and would prefer not to deal Terrance Ferguson.

There is a growing expectation that the Thunder will make a move as there's a lot riding on the current season with the impending free agency of Paul George.

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Thunder, Bulls, Pistons Interested In Rodney Hood

Feb 5, 2018 3:18 PM

The Utah Jazz have received interest on Rodney Hood from the Thunder, Bulls and Pistons.

The Nuggets and Magic have shown a passing interest in Hood.

Hood will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Jazz would like a first round pick for Hood.

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Tags: Rodney Hood, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Interested In Trading For Avery Bradley

Feb 3, 2018 11:01 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have expressed interest in trading for Avery Bradley.

Bradley was traded by the Detroit Pistons to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal this past week.

Bradley will be a free agent this offseason and isn't likely to fit into the Clippers' long-term plans.

The Thunder lost Andre Roberson for the season due to injury.

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Russell Westbrook Pushes Fan Who Steps Onto Court

Feb 2, 2018 9:41 AM

Russell Westbrook pushed a fan who stepped onto the court and came face-to-face him with after Oklahoma City's loss at the Nuggets on Thursday.

Westbrook was walking off the court when the fan got in front of him. Westbrook pushed the fan in the shoulder with his left hand.

Westbrook was asked whether he felt that shoving the fan was the only way for him to protect himself, Westbrook responded, "Of course."

"You gotta be able to protect the players, man," he said. "The fans are obviously there to enjoy the game, but they can't come onto the floor. That's totally unacceptable.

"They'll look at it and figure out what's the best way to deal with it, but to me, that's just totally unacceptable."

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Clippers Offered Blake Griffin To Thunder For Paul George

Jan 31, 2018 1:03 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers were aggressive in their pursuit of a Blake Griffin trade before settling on a deal with the Pistons.

"They offered him around to everybody," said Royce Young on The Hoop Collective podcast. 

"I don't know if that's true," replied Brian Windhorst.

"I mean I know they made calls to Oklahoma City for Paul George," Young said. "I'm pretty sure they made calls to Minnesota for players, so I mean, like, they tried to get some bigger name players. It just wasn't happening."

Griffin is from Oklahoma and had long been linked to the Thunder.

George will be a free agent in 2018 and was a Clippers' fan growing up outside Los Angeles.

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Paul George Replaces DeMarcus Cousins On All-Star Team
Paul George is currently averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals.

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Andre Roberson Out For Season With Ruptured Left Patellar Tendon
Andre Roberson was taken off the court on a stretcher after his left leg appeared to give out.

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Paul George Describes Decision As 'Easier To Make' Due To Westbrook's Support
Paul George is in his first season with the Thunder.

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Thunder Unlikely To Trade Paul George Ahead Of Deadline
The Thunder remain willing to lose Paul George in free agency.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron James ranked first in the Eastern Conference in assists (10.3 apg), third in scoring (27.5 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (8.2 rpg).

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Paul George Doesn't Want To Know What Happened Between Westbrook, Durant
When Paul George was traded to the Thunder, he watched hours of tape of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together.

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Paul George Won't Leave Thunder If They're In 'Upward Trend'
Paul George said he doesn't need the Thunder to win a championship as a selling point.

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Russell Westbrook: Sales Pitch To Paul George Will Come After Winning Title
Paul George will be a free agent in 2018 while Russell Westbrook has already committed to the Thunder.

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Paul George: I Would Have Loved Trade To My Home City
Paul George was asked if he regretted reports tying him to the Lakers.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Carmelo Anthony: We Need The Westbrook That Doesn't Defer
Russell Westbrook has begun to play like his MVP self of late and has a PER of 39.1 over his last five games.

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Carmelo Anthony Accepting Off-Ball Role
Carmelo Anthony is embracing his role playing off the ball.

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Thunder Not Yet Considering Paul George Trade
Paul George can become a free agent this offseason and his incorporation into the Thunder lineup has been a struggle at times.

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Paul George: I'm Not Giving Up On Thunder
Paul George remains optimistic about Oklahoma City's odds this season.

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Paul George: We've Never Had Chemistry Problems
Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are adjusting to different roles with the Thunder.

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Paul George: Pacers' Success Provides Closure
Victor Oladipo has become an All-Star candidate with the Pacers.

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Paul George: Obviously This Is Not Where We Want To Be
Oklahoma City currently is ninth in the Western Conference.

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Nazr Mohammed Joins Thunder Front Office
Nazr Mohammed said one of his goals is to become an NBA general manager.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook: I Take Ownership Of Everything That's Going On
The Thunder continue to struggle and Russell Westbrook is taking responsibility for their issues.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Russell Westbrook: Sam Presti Has Done An Amazing Job
Russell Westbrook was complimentary of the job Sam Presti has done in rebooting the Thunder.

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Russell Westbrook: My Job Is To Make Sure Paul George, Carmelo Anthony Are Comfortable
Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are each accustomed to dominating the ball.

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