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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 25, 2017 11:50 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Suns (1:56), Kings (8:25), Lakers (13:12), Mavericks (20:45), Grizzlies (30:49), Pelicans (34:59), Jazz (44:12), Trail Blazers (51:10), Clippers (55:19), Nuggets (1:02:12), Timberwolves (1:06:27), Thunder (1:15:28), Spurs (1:18:39), Rockets (1:26:09), Warriors (1:31:30) and their best bets in both conferences.

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Paul George: Winning Takes Precedence Over Everything

Sep 25, 2017 11:55 AM

While Paul George has been strongly linked to the Los Angeles Lakers, he is content as he begins his first season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

“Honestly, I'm happy,” he said. “The only thing I wanted out of Indiana was a chance to win my whole career there...That's really what I want out of this, out of the league. I'm not looking for money. I'm not looking for stats. I want to win, and (to) be able to win at a high level.

“It’s Year One, and (the Thunder have) proven - and I haven't even gone through a season yet - and they've already proven everything on my checklist (that) I can check off. That's what feels good. That's what makes me feel like, 'Hey, this can be a landing spot for me, and somewhere I can call home for years.'”

George will be a free agent in 2018.

“I'm not going into this situation thinking, you know, Year One, or this year, playing with Russ and now playing with Melo, we're going to win the championship,” George said. “I'm thinking we have a chance to win a championship. I know it's not going to be easy, and I'm not speaking on it being an easy road to a championship. We're going to have to fight for it, but I like the guys I'm going to battle with. I like, you know, how this is setting up. So again, it goes back to ultimately just having a chance to do it. That's what I'm most happy about in this situation.”

George was asked if winning is rated above the Lakers on his list of priorities.

“Winning takes precedence over all of it. That's the ultimate happiness. It's not location. It's not stardom. It's not 'where can I make the most money.' It's winning, and winning championships.

“That's ultimately what, as a kid, I looked at as the best fit and the biggest thing. I haven't won on any level, besides the (2016) Olympics (in Rio). I haven't won a championship in high school. I haven't won a championship in college (at Fresno State). I don't know what that feels like.”

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls

Sep 24, 2017 10:18 PM

Dwyane Wade has agreed upon a contract buyout with the Chicago Bulls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are considered the leaders for Wade once he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Oklahoma City Thunder could also express interest in Wade.

Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.

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Russell Westbrook, Paul George Played Big Roles Recruiting Carmelo Anthony

Sep 23, 2017 1:53 PM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George played significant roles in convincing Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause to join the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Both Westbrook and George are currently slated to become free agents in 2018.

Anthony has a player option for 2018 that he's expected to exercise.

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Knicks Agree To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Thunder

Sep 23, 2017 1:06 PM

The New York Knicks and Oklahoma City Thunder are engaged in serious trade talks involving Carmelo Anthony.

The Thunder would send Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and the Chicago Bulls' 2018 second round pick to the Knicks for Anthony.

Anthony will likely waive his no-trade clause with a trade call coming on Monday. Anthony will waive his $8.1 million trade kicker to make the trade work.

Anthony is signed for two more seasons at a total amount of $54 million.

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Thunder Remain Hopeful Of Russell Westbrook Signing Extension

Sep 22, 2017 12:31 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder remain hopeful Russell Westbrook will sign a designated veteran player extension by the Oct. 16th deadline.

The Thunder have had the offer on the table to Westbrook throughout the entire offseason.

"We are going to let it play itself out," said Sam Presti. 

Westbrook can sign a $207 million extension with the thunder this offseason or wait until next summer and sign a similarly valued deal that contains player options.

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Kevin Durant Apologizes For Twitter Comments About Thunder, Billy Donovan

Sep 19, 2017 2:39 PM

Kevin Durant spoke about his Twitter incident from Monday in which he was caught talking about Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder from a fake account.

"I have another Instagram account, but that's just for my friends and family," said Durant. "So I wouldn't say I was using it to clap back at anyone. I use Twitter to engage with fans. I think it's a great way to engage with basketball fans. I happened to take it a little too far. That's what happens sometimes when I get into these basketball debates about what I really love, to play basketball.

"I don't regret clapping back at anybody or talking to my fans on Twitter. I do regret using my former coach's name and the former organization I played for. That was childish. That was idiotic, all those type of words. I apologize for that.

"I don't think I'll stop engaging with fans. I really enjoy it and it's a good way to connect us all, but I'll scale back a little bit right now and just focus on playing basketball. I'll move on from that, it was tough to deal with yesterday. I was pretty mad at myself. Definitely want to move on and keep playing basketball.

Anthony Slater/The Oklahoman

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Thunder Hire Rob Hennigan

Sep 13, 2017 12:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Rob Hennigan.

Hennigan was general manager of the Orlando Magic from 2012 until 2017.

Hennigan previously worked for the Thunder before joining the Magic.

The Thunder lost Michael Winger this offseason to the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Russell Westbrook Signs 10-Year Extension With Jordan Brand

Sep 13, 2017 10:56 AM

Russell Westbrook has signed a 10-year extension with Nike's Jordan Brand. The deal will be the richest for any Jordan athlete to date.

Westbrook first joined Jordan Brand in 2013 on a five-year deal.

The increased pay rate will retroactively apply to his 2016-17 MVP season, according to sources.

The deal will include both on- and off-court signature sneakers, new territory for Westbrook. 

The deal also includes a rare "ambassador clause," providing Westbrook with appearance opportunities and additional Jordan Brand legacy potential after he retires from the NBA.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares

Sep 8, 2017 1:33 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of Locked on NBA (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves and choose the Northwest’s best newcomer.

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5, predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division, choose breakout players and much more.

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Source: Bulls Knew Cameron Payne Couldn't Play In NBA After 2nd Practice
Cameron Payne has struggled to stay healthy during his NBA career due to recurring foot issues, but his actual play may be the bigger issue.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Russell Westbrook Has Yet To Give Thunder Answer On Extension Offer
The Thunder have had a standing offer on the table to Russell Westbrook for several weeks.

Royce Young/ESPN

Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George
The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

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Clippers Expected To Hire Michael Winger As General Manager
Michael Winger will report directly to Lawrence Frank.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players
Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Russell Westbrook, Paul George Have First Workout Together
Russell Westbrook and Paul George worked out in Los Angeles along with Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott.

Royce Young/ESPN

Patrick Patterson Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
Patrick Patterson will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.

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Thunder Sign Daniel Hamilton To Two-Way Deal
Daniel Hamilton averaged 14.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 31.2 minutes per game.

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Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections
The Pacers were willing to trade Paul George for Kyrie Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Terrance Ferguson Agrees To Rookie Scale Deal With Thunder
Terrance Ferguson played last season in Australia.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade
The Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest
Troy Weaver helped recruit Carmelo Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse.

Bill Simmons/The Ringer

Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th
Paul George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George
The Cavaliers believe they could have acquired both Chris Paul and Paul George had they known Kyrie Irving wanted out.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Dakari Johnson, Thunder Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Dakari Johnson has played in the G-League over the past two seasons.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Sam Presti Gave Front Office MacGyver Notecards For Offseason Inspiration
After the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs, Sam Presti handed his top lieutenants notecards with a picture of MacGyver on it.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Nick Collison Re-Signs With Thunder, Will Retire Following 17-18 Season
Nick Collison has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Thunder.

Shams Charnia/The Vertical

Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder
Sam Presti said the Thunder were risking more if they didn't trade for Paul George.

Royce Young/ESPN

Thunder Waiting On Russell Westbrook For Answer On Supermax Extension Offer
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018 if he doesn't sign the supermax.

Royce Young/ESPN

Paul George Describes Interest In Lakers As 'Overstated'
Paul George expressed a lack of interest in joining the Lakers unless other players commit to sign there as well.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated