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Thunder Were 'Especially Interested' In Drafting Khris Middleton In 2012

Feb 21, 2019 9:52 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder were "especially interested" in drafting Khris Middleton at the 2012 NBA Draft.

The Thunder instead selected Perry Jones III at No. 28 with Middleton going 39th overall to the Detroit Pistons.

Oklahoma City traded away James Harden several months later.

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Markieff Morris Agrees To Deal With Thunder

Feb 14, 2019 8:26 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder signed Markieff Morris to a free-agent deal.

The 29-year-old Morris was recently waived by the Pelicans. The Lakers, Raptors, and Rockets were also reportedly interested in adding Morris.

After waiving Alex Abrines last weekend, the Thunder signed Richard Solomon, Scotty Hopson, and Morris to fill out their roster.

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Russell Westbrook: I've Been Blessed With Talent Not To Care About Criticism

Feb 13, 2019 3:16 PM

Russell Westbrook has typically been able to tune out criticism during his career, which is the opposite of his former teammate Kevin Durant.

“I’ve been blessed with the talent to not give a (expletive),” said Westbrook.

Westbrook is married with three children.

“Regardless of what happens, it doesn’t change the way I live, what I think. I have an unbelievable family. Great friends. An unbelievable life. Unbelievable job. I make a lot of money at my job. I’m extremely blessed, thankful, humble. I haven’t been in trouble. I don’t cause no problems. I’m perfectly fine. I’m living my best life and I can’t complain one bit. He say, she say, what somebody says about shooting, passing, dribbling, every year it’s something … they’ve got to make up something about me, which is fine, it’s good. One thing I always know is if they’re not talking about you you’re doing something right.”

Westbrook was asked about if the criticism is part of what has made him so successful.

“It’s something I’ve had to fight through my whole life,” Westbrook said. “It’s the reason I have the motto of ‘Why Not.’ It’s what I really believe in. It’s truly what I stand by because there are many people in the world that will let somebody or people tell them they can or can not do something. ‘Oh that can’t happen again. You can’t do that again. You may never see that again.’

“Those words I don’t use in my vocabulary ‘Can’t. Never.’ It doesn’t work. Why not me? Why not be able to do something to change the culture, change basketball, change the way it’s played? I just think differently man, and that’s how I’ve always thought.”

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Thunder Sign Richard Solomon To 10-Day Contract

Feb 12, 2019 1:23 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder plan to sign Richard Solomon to a 10-day contract.

Solomon was with the Thunder during the preseason.

Solomon averaged 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 26.5 minutes per game with the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League this season.

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Russell Westbrook Sets NBA Record With 10th Straight Triple-Double

Feb 12, 2019 1:22 AM

Russell Westbrook set a new NBA record with his 10th consecutive triple-double in a 120-111 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Westbrook had 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 15 assists in the game. He broke Wilt Chamberlain's record of consecutive triple-doubles in a season.

The Thunder are 17-6 when Westbrook has a triple-double this season, and are 103-24 over his career when he posts a triple-double.

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Bojan Bogdanovic, Paul George Named Players Of The Week

Feb 11, 2019 3:06 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic and Paul George have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Bogdanovic averaged 22.5 points while shooting 46.4 percent from three as the Indiana Pacers went 4-0.

George averaged 37.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in Oklahoma City's 3-0 week.

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Russell Westbrook Ties Wilt Chamberlain With 9th Straight Triple-Double

Feb 10, 2019 12:21 AM

Russell Westbrook recorded his 9th straight triple-double in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 117-112 win over the Houston Rockets, tying Wilt Chamberlain for most consecutive triple-doubles.

Westbrook recorded 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the game. He's averaging 19.6 points, 14.1 assists, and 13.1 rebounds during this recent streak.

Westbrook is also currently averaging a triple-double on the season, with 21.2 points, 11.2 assists, and 11.1 rebounds per game.

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Thunder Release Alex Abrines Due To Personal Reasons

Feb 9, 2019 5:46 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have released Alex Abrines.

Abrines has appeared in only 2 games since December 23rd, citing personal reasons.

"He's still battling through some things and wasn't able to be here tonight. Honestly, we go day-by-day with him and continue to be supportive with him. He's around the team, we always talk and communicate," said Billy Donovan on February 5th.

The Thunder now have 12 guaranteed players on their roster, and will need to sign 2 players within the next 2 weeks.

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Bulls Acquire Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Waive Carmelo Anthony

Feb 1, 2019 2:27 PM

The Chicago Bulls have waived Carmelo Anthony to open up a roster spot to acquire Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Anthony was never asked to report to the Bulls after they acquired him from the Rockets on January 22nd.

The Thunder will save $7.3 million off their luxury tax bill by trading Luwawu-Cabarrot. 

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Kevin Durant To Return To OKC For Nick Collison Jersey Retirement

Jan 28, 2019 2:54 PM

Kevin Durant plans on returning to Oklahoma City for Nick Collison's jersey retirement ceremony on March 20th. The Warriors play the Pacers the following day.

"That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special. It's about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff, and just come together -- especially around this time, because it's Nick," said Durant.

The Thunder are aware of Durant's plans and will happily accommodate him. Several ex-Sonics and Thunder teammates are expected to be in attendance.

Durant's return has no bearing on his free agency choice this summer as both sides have moved on. 

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Giannis Wants To Pick Russell Westbrook, Joel Embiid For All-Star Team
Westbrook and Embiid clashed during Thunder's 117-115 win over the 76ers last week.

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Thunder To Retire Nick Collison's #4 Jersey
Collison is the first player in Thunder franchise history to get his jersey retired.

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Third In All-Time Coaching Wins After Double-OT Victory
Popovich surpassed Jerry Sloan for third in all-time coaching wins in the historic victory.

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Nerlens Noel Diagnosed With Concussion
Nerlens Noel avoided any fractures and will continue to be evaluated.

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Thunder Re-Signing Paul George Emboldened Raptors On Kawhi Leonard Trade
Executives from the Thunder credit the bond Paul George formed with Russell Westbrook as the most significant factor in his decision.

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Russell Westbrook: Win Over Blazers Was Personal
It was the Thunder's first road win in Portland since 2014.

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Russell Westbrook Takes Blame For Oklahoma City's Struggles
The Thunder have lost three out of their past four games.

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Donte Grantham Signs Two-Way Deal With Thunder
Donte Grantham went undrafted out of Clemson in 2018.

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Thunder Waive Tyler Davis From Two-Way Deal
Tyler Davis averaged 17.2 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.87 blocks in 26.7 minutes per game in the G League.

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Raymond Felton, Dennis Schroder Suspended One Game
Raymond Felton and Dennis Schroder were suspended one game for leaving the bench.

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Thunder Pick Up 19-20 Option On Billy Donovan
Billy Donovan originally signed a five-year deal with the Thunder in 2015.

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Paul George Says This Season Is Best He's Ever Played
George is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and steals.

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Russell Westbrook Records 108th Career Triple-Double, Moves To Third All-Time
Westbrook had 21 points, 17 assists, and 15 rebounds in a 114-112 win over the Nets.

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Andre Roberson Suffers Setback, Out Another Six Weeks
Andre Roberson underwent an MRI, which revealed a small avulsion fracture.

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Hamidou Diallo Out 7-10 Days With Left Ankle Sprain
Hamidou Diallo landed awkwardly on his left ankle and leg in Wednesday's game and left on a stretcher.

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Paul George: We've Just Got More Creators Now
The Thunder are playing more systematically this season as opposed to letting Russell Westbrook be the system.

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Houston Source: Carmelo Anthony's OKC Season Was Humbling Experience
Carmelo Anthony publicly dismissed the notion of coming off the bench when he joined the Thunder, but was at least accepting of it with the Rockets.

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Russell Westbrook Suffers Left Ankle Sprain, X-Rays Negative
Russell Westbrook suffered the injury when leaping for a rebound against Anthony Davis and landing awkwardly.

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Thunder Exercise 19-20 Option On Terrance Ferguson
Terrance Ferguson has appeared in 65 games with the Thunder.

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Paul George Would Have Signed With Lakers If Not For Thunder Trade
Paul George said he spoke with LeBron James about his possible future plans before his trade to the Thunder.

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