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Jerami Grant Optimistic About Re-Signing With Thunder

May 19, 2018 10:46 AM

Jerami Grant enters free agency after becoming a key part of the Oklahoma City Thunder rotation in his second season with the club.

The Thunder exercised their 17-18 team option on Grant last offseason, which prevented him from becoming a restricted free agent but makes him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I definitely think it's a possibility," Grant said. "I know it's a lot of moving pieces but I definitely think it's a great possibility me being there. There's a lot of things they have to figure out but I think it’s a good chance."

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Rockets Were Optimistic About Trade For Carmelo Anthony Before Phil Jackson's Exit

May 16, 2018 12:18 PM

The Houston Rockets pursued a trade for Carmelo Anthony last offseason and sources say they were optimistic at one point that a three-way deal would be agreed upon with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

The talks with the Knicks, however, fizzled, after the exit of Phil Jackson after the draft and before the start of free agency.

The Rockets' potential trade for Anthony had no impact on their interest in signing P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

James Harden began to recruit Tucker days after their season ended as they hung out together in Atlanta.

"Yo, you're coming to Houston," Harden told him then, according to Tucker. "We need what you do."

Anthony was eventually traded to the Thunder in a package for Enes Kanter.

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Raptors Had Deal With Thunder To Select Giannis If Steven Adams Was Off Board

May 12, 2018 11:13 AM

The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks were two teams that wanted to select Giannis Antetokounmpo on draft night in 2013.

"Atlanta was really determined to get him," said Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod. 

"I will submit the Danny Ferry sob story about this one," replied Brian Windhorst.

"Danny Ferry, Wes Wilcox were really focused on him," said Wojnarowski. "And Masai (Ujiri) had a deal in Toronto. Masai was working with Oklahoma City on a possible trade. I think Oklahoma City was at ten that year and they took Steven Adams. Ten or 11, or 12. Somewhere in there. Once (Steven) Adams made it to the Thunder, there was no trade. But I think if Adams would have been taken ahead of them, Oklahoma City may have traded out of there and Toronto would have gotten him. 

"The mythology of Giannis' draft year, because it was a horrendous draft. Especially at the top."

The pick owned by the Thunder that year coincidentally was Toronto's, which they dealt to the Rockets for Kyle Lowry and was then moved to Oklahoma City in 2012 for James Harden.

Ujiri had just been hired by the Raptors and they were widely expected to embark on a rebuild, but they instead pivoted to becoming an Eastern Conference contender around Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

The Hawks owned the 17th pick, two slots behind the Bucks at No. 15, which they ultimately used on Dennis Schroder. 

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Tags: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steven Adams, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Nick Collison Retires From NBA

May 10, 2018 2:37 PM

Nick Collison has announced his retirement from the NBA in a lengthy first person essay.

Collison was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003.

"I've played with some incredible players, future Hall of Famers, and had the unique experience of spending my entire career with one franchise, but in two different cities," wrote Collison.

"I love KD. I miss him. I played my best basketball with James (Harden). I wish we would have had more time. I feel like a proud big brother watching Russ become both the player and the man that he is. I really appreciate all the battles we've been through."

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Paul George Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee

May 9, 2018 7:51 PM

Paul George underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday.

George will be out six to eight weeks.

The Thunder, George and his representation collectively determined for the procedure to be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache with Thunder medical personnel present at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif. 
In 79 games (all starts) this past season, George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.04 steals in 36.6 minutes. The five-time NBA All-Star made a career-best 244 three-point field goals during the 2017-18 season as he became one of five players (Larry Bird, Hersey Hawkins, Michael Jordan and Stephen Curry) in the past 30 years to average 20+ points on better than 40.0 percent three-point shooting to go along with 2+ steals.  

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Alex Abrines Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery

May 3, 2018 3:15 PM

Alex Abrines underwent a successful procedure to address a sports hernia.

The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.

This past season, Abrines appeared in 75 games (eight starts) for the Thunder and recorded averages of 4.7 points while shooting .380 percent from three-point range (84-221 3FGs) to go along with 1.5 rebounds in 15.1 minutes.

Abrines is expected to miss six weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

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Sam Presti Believes Best Thing For Paul George Is 'Continuity'

May 2, 2018 4:11 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are "encouraged" by the discussions they've had with Paul George this season.

The Thunder hope to re-sign George in free agency.

“I think the best thing for him, and I think the biggest opportunity for him, is in the continuity,” Presti said. “Additionally, just continuity in general, with the type of team we have assembled and the way it was assembled, generally, continuity is his best friend going forward.”

The Thunder acquired George last June in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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Thunder Will Retain Billy Donovan As Head Coach

May 2, 2018 4:04 PM

Sam Presti confirmed the Oklahoma City Thunder will retain Billy Donovan as head coach.

Donovan was hired as head coach of the Thunder in 2015 and he has compiled a 150-96 record over three seasons.

Presti hopes Donovan will “be able to work with the same core of a team that has a baseline that we’ve established.”

Presti said the organization is “disappointed” with the 2017-18 season, which ended with loss in six games to the Utah Jazz in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. 

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

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Carmelo Anthony Won't Consider Bench Role Next Season

Apr 28, 2018 10:58 PM

One day after the Thunder were eliminated from their first round series against the Jazz, Carmelo Anthony rejected the possibility of accepting a bench role next season.

"Yeah, I'm not sacrificing no bench role," Anthony said. "That's out of the question."

Anthony struggled at times this season and was particularly limited in the playoffs.

When asked about moving to the second unit, and asking Paul George as he walked by, "Hey, P! They want me to come off the bench!"

Anthony is owed $28 million on the final season of his contract.

Anthony said he's going to have to weigh his basketball happiness with whatever he decides.

"I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I'm willing to accept that at all," Anthony, 34, said. "I think everybody knows that I've sacrificed kind of damned near everything, family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. So it's something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball."

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Report: Thunder Didn't Have Any Chemistry Issues

Apr 28, 2018 1:29 PM

The first year of the Oklahoma City Thunder experiment with Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony featured many highs and lows.

The Thunder had big wins against some of the league's best teams, but they also inexplicably lost with frequency to teams in the lottery.

Sources within the Thunder were adamant that chemistry was never an issue for the team. Even as players struggled to adjust to new roles, they bought into what they were trying to accomplish.

George and Anthony in particular made the biggest adjustments. Westbrook took a lesser role early in the season and struggled, but was playing similar to his 16-17 season as the year progressed.

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Paul George 'Would Love To Remain A Thunder But That's What This Summer Is For'
Paul George and the Thunder had an up-and-down first season together.

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Russell Westbrook Addresses Confrontation With Fans
Russell Westbrook believes the issue of fans saying "disrespectful" things needs to be addressed.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $10,000 For Confronting Rudy Gobert
Russell Westbrook was assessed a technical foul after the fact for his incident in Game 4 in which he confronted Rudy Gobert.

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Kevin Durant On Westbrook: I Don't Want Problems With Nobody
Kevin Durant's relationship with Russell Westbrook has seemingly improved over the past few months.

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Donovan Mitchell: The Strength Of Our Team Is The Strength Of Our Team
The Jazz didn't allow Russell Westbrook's comments to get them out of their team-oriented game.

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Durant Likes Comment Describing Westbrook As OKC's Problem By 'Total Accident'
Kevin Durant claims he accidentally 'Liked' a comment on Instagram that blames Russell Westbrook for why the Thunder were unable to win a title.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves
On Cavaliers/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder and Rockets/Wolves.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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James Harden On OKC Trade: How Do You Give That Up?
James Harden thinks about what could have been with the Thunder on a daily basis.

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Russell Westbrook Declines To Endorse James Harden For MVP
Russell Westbrook beat out James Harden to win MVP last season.

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Paul George Won't Let How Thunder Finish Season Dictate Free Agency Decision
Paul George said he's not in a "championship or bust" mindset as he evaluates his free agency options.

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Kevin Durant: I Don't Think We Would've All Been MVPs In OKC
The Thunder will have had three future MVPs on their team that reached the 2012 Finals.

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Thunder Don't Have Owner With More Than 19 Percent Stake In Franchise
The Thunder have the third highest payroll in the NBA.

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Carmelo Anthony Surprised To Sit Entire Fourth Quarter
Carmelo Anthony subbed back in to start the overtime period.

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Scott Brooks, Mike D'Antoni Named Coaches Of The Month
Scott Brooks led the Wizards to an 8-4 record in February, including a 6-1 mark on the road.

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Corey Brewer Commits To Thunder
Corey Brewer spoke with Billy Donovan and Sam Presti about the situation.

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Derrick Rose Has Only Received 10-Day Contract Interest
Derrick Rose's camp hopes the Thunder could eventually be interested in him.

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Corey Brewer Likely To Sign With Thunder
Billy Donovan was Corey Brewer's coach at Florida.

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Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Interested In Joakim Noah If Bought Out
Joakim Noah remains away from the Knicks following a January altercation at practice with Jeff Hornacek.

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Paul George Receives 'We Want Paul' Chant From L.A. Fans
Paul George grew up approximately 65 miles from Staples Center.