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Russell Westbrook: Sam Presti Has Done An Amazing Job

Nov 22, 2017 11:05 AM

Russell Westbrook was complimentary of the job Sam Presti has done in rebooting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.

"He's done an amazing job. He's done a great job ever since I've been here," Westbrook said of Presti. "He's finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team. You know ... you definitely are very, very thankful to have somebody like that in charge of making those decisions."

Westbrook signed an extension with the Thunder in September. 

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Russell Westbrook: My Job Is To Make Sure Paul George, Carmelo Anthony Are Comfortable

Nov 17, 2017 7:28 PM

Russell Westbrook said it is up to him to make things work with Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

"That's a part of my job to make sure those guys are [comfortable]," Westbrook said. "Those guys are great players, and my job is to make sure they're comfortable, and in their spots, and comfortable with the things that best benefits their game."

Westbrook, George and Anthony are each accustomed to dominating the ball.

Westbrook has resisted the urge to shoot as frequently as he did last season.

"No, that was last year," Westbrook said. "This is a new year, new team."

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Kevin Durant Has Moved To Better Place With Feelings Towards Thunder

Nov 16, 2017 5:19 PM

Kevin Durant spoke about how he's finally moved on past his negative feelings towards the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant has yet to reconcile with Russell Westbrook or Sam Presti, and he was initially bothered by Okalhoma City's decision to allow PJ Dozier to wear No. 35.

"Those people really mean a lot to me to this day," Durant said. "No matter if they talk to me or they're mad at me. Whether it's Sam Presti or Troy Weaver or Russell Westbrook or Nick Collison. Whether it's Wilson Taylor or Clay Bennett and his family, I love them from the bottom of my heart. We're not talking, but eventually we will.

"I didn't have that perspective at first. I didn't have it when I went back to OKC. I was like, 'F--k all of them.' I didn't have it when they gave my number away. I was, 'F--k all of them.' My best friend works for the team, I told him, 'F--k all y'all. That's f--ked up.' Then I had to get out of my head, tell myself, 'It's not that serious, it is what it is.' I understand it's not my number anymore, they can do whatever they want with it, but you hand that number to a two-way player, you've got to be, like, 'Nah, we've got too many good memories with this number, man.' But at some point, that thing's going to be in the rafters anyway; it's all good. I did something they didn't like. They did something I didn't like. S--t happens. If I was on my death bed, I guarantee you Sam Presti and Russell Westbrook would come check on me. So I'm going to look at it that way rather than the other way."

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Thunder Unlikely To Afford Current Roster Beyond 17-18

Nov 10, 2017 11:03 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to continue with their current trajectory of an expensive roster and the luxury tax ramifications. The Thunder will have a luxury tax bill of approximately $25 million this season and it would be even higher in 18-19.

The Thunder signed Russell Westbrook to a $233 million extension in training camp while Paul George can sign a new deal this offseason.

"If we're being honest with ourselves, this is a one-year run with this team," said Wojnarowski on his podcast. "They have one chance with this team because they cannot bring back this team together next year. Even if Paul George re-signs and says 'I want to stay.' Financially, it is impossible for this team, I don't want to say remotely look the same, but the idea of Carmelo, Westbrook and George on the same roster withe Melo opting into his salary next year.

"This would be an incredible bill for the New York Knicks, the Lakers or Steve Ballmer to pay, nevermind Clay Bennett in a small market like Oklahoma City."

Wojnarowski, Royce Young and Bobby Marks talked about how their decision to decline the option on Josh Huestis as an example of how they're already making cost conscious moves.

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Thunder Hold Meeting Following Latest Loss

Nov 10, 2017 10:16 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder held an extended closed door meeting following their loss at the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. The Thunder now have an 0-6 record against Western Conference teams.

“It was just good to get everything out on the table,” said Paul George. “Especially where we’re at right now, it’s no good if we’re bottling it up. Because then we could carry it over to the next game and the next game. Just leave everything out in the open.”

“I don’t think it’s frustration among ourselves,” Raymond Felton said. “It’s just frustration about losing. We got a lot of guys who hate to lose, a lot of guys who are big competitors. That’s a good spirit to have. I’ll take that all day. If we’re not frustrated, then that’s a big problem.”

“Obviously every year, every season you go through adversity,” Russell Westbrook said. “Right now we’re going through ours.”

“It can either go two ways,” Carmelo Anthony said. “We can let this one sit in our heads and think about it or we can put it behind us and move forward and get ready for tomorrow. That’s the beauty of being in this league and having so many games. I know we complain about back-to-backs, but sometimes the back-to-backs is in our favor as players, because you get a chance to put that game behind you and look forward to the next game.”

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Billy Donovan, Paul George, Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 Apiece

Nov 8, 2017 9:32 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan, forward Paul George and guard Russell Westbrook have each been fined $15,000 for public criticism of the officiating.

The comments were made following the Thunder’s 103-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday, Nov. 5 at Moda Center.

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Thunder Decline 18-19 Option On Josh Huestis

Oct 31, 2017 9:44 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have declined their team option on Josh Huestis.

Huestis was the 29th overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Huestis has averaged 12.7 minutes per game this season for Oklahoma City.

The Thunder have luxury tax concerns moving forward.

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Russell Westbrook Records Triple Double Against Every Team He's Faced

Oct 29, 2017 9:14 AM

Following his 12 point, 13 rebound, 13 assist performance against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Russell Westbrook has recorded a triple double against every team he's faced. 

Westbrook said he didn't know he'd achieved the feat.

"Just get a win. That's all I did, that's all I worry about -- getting a win," he said. "Happy it could come against them."

Westbrook is averaging 22.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 12.0 assists six games into this season.

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Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks

Oct 18, 2017 11:40 PM

Carmelo Anthony's debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder will coincidentally come against the New York Knicks.

Anthony talked about his exit from the Knicks.

"I always envisioned myself coming back, even when I was being pushed out," Anthony told reporters at the Thunder's practice. "I think for me, I knew what was going on behind closed doors, I knew the talk that was happening. I just wanted them to come to me direct and say, 'Look, this is what we're thinking,' and not have to read it or hear about it and then go to them and say, 'What is this?' If they felt that I just wanted them to be honest and direct.

"I think I was very honest and direct with them about wanting to be in New York, wanting to be on a winning team, wanting to have a good team. I was very honest with that. I just didn't feel like they were honest with me."

Anthony also reflected upon his relationship with Phil Jackson.

"I was always, 'I'm going to put my trust in Phil, I'm going to put my trust in Phil,'" Anthony said. "That diminished after a while. I'm out here doing everything I can and I'm still getting stabbed in the back. I'm not trusting in that anymore. I'm trusting in these guys [teammates] that are out here. Whoever's out here, this is who I'm dealing with."

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Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract

Oct 17, 2017 2:51 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract.

In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64 starts) and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.34 steals in 24.0 minutes per game.

During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Dozier averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as he helped the Gamecocks clinch their first Final Four berth in school history.

Dozier has also been assigned No. 35 upon his request, which previously belonged to Kevin Durant.

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Thunder Sign Yannis Morin, Chris Wright
Yannis Morin played for the Thunder in Summer League.

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Thunder Waive Bryce Alford, Markel Brown, Rashawn Thomas
The Thunder reduced their preseason roster by three.

Jordan Brand Discontinuing Carmelo Anthony's Signature Shoe
Carmelo Anthony's signature line ends as the fifth longest in NBA history.

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Mike D'Antoni Had No Reservations About Coaching Carmelo Anthony Again
Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony had a tumultuous working relationship when they were with the Knicks.

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Carmelo Anthony: I've Always Been A Product Of My Environment
Carmelo Anthony compared the vibe in Oklahoma City to his one season at Syracuse.

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Thunder Name Rob Hennigan VP Of Insight & Foresight
The Thunder announced the title of Rob Hennigan and promoted Will Dawkins to Vice President of Identification & Intelligence.

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Source: Paul George Will Give Thunder An Audience In Free Agency
Paul George was impressed that the front office "had the (guts)" to pursue him.

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Russell Westbrook: I Like Where I'm At
Russell Westbrook wasn't worried about the possibility of distraction if he were to not sign an extension.

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Paul George: Westbrook's Extension 'Absolutely' To Factor In 2018 Decision
Paul George will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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Russell Westbrook Agrees Upon Five-Year, $205M Extension With Thunder
Russell Westbrook is now signed for six seasons at $233 million through 22-23.

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Join Paul George With Cavs On Draft Night
Carmelo Anthony believed he was on the verge of being traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

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Knicks Sought Tristan Thompson From Cavs For Carmelo Anthony
Cleveland never moved from their offer of Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.

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Agent: Carmelo Anthony Believed Rockets' Trade Was Nearly Done In Early July
The Knicks nearly traded Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets, but they ultimately decided to not take on the contract of Ryan Anderson.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Paul George: Winning Takes Precedence Over Everything
While Paul George has been strongly linked to the Lakers, he is content as he begins his first season with the Thunder.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls
Dwyane 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
Both Russell Westbrook and Paul George are currently slated to become free agents in 2018.

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

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Thunder Remain Hopeful Of Russell Westbrook Signing Extension
The Thunder have had the offer on the table to Russell Westbrook throughout the entire offseason.

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Kevin Durant Apologizes For Twitter Comments About Thunder, Billy Donovan
Kevin Durant spoke about his Tweets from a fake account.

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