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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest

Jul 24, 2017 12:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be a trade candidate for Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause with the New York Knicks and has preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

Troy Weaver helped recruit Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Weaver has been assistant general manager of the Thunder since the 10-11 season.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that one source doubts Anthony would play for the Thunder but he would possibly be willing to discuss it. A second source simply said "Houston" when asked about the Thunder report.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th

Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets thought they had a Paul George deal in place.

Everyone tentatively agreed on a conference call between the teams.

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.

A call was to be arranged between George and Dan Gilbert, which was an important step before finalizing the trade. Cleveland's front office began making other plans for the offseason.

Kevin Pritchard then sent message that the Pacers were backing out and then quickly agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Paul George, Kevin Love, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dakari Johnson, Thunder Agree Upon Two-Year Deal

Jul 20, 2017 8:11 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to sign Dakari Johnson to a guaranteed two-year deal.

Johnson was a second round pick in 2015 out of Kentucky.

Johnson averaged 18.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.5 minutes per game in the Summer League for the Thunder.

Johnson has played in the G-League over the past two seasons.

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Tags: Dakari Johnson, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Sam Presti Gave Front Office MacGyver Notecards For Offseason Inspiration

Jul 14, 2017 12:35 PM

After the Oklahoma City Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Houston Rockets, Sam Presti handed his top lieutenants notecards with a picture of MacGyver on it.

Presti's message was obvious to his front office colleagues.

“We’ll have to use some tools we don’t have yet or some tools we haven’t had,” said director of basketball operations Paul Rivers, “and look from a perspective we haven’t had to look from before.”

The Thunder possessed less assets than many other teams but still found a way to trade for Paul George.

Presti conveyed an empathetic message to Kevin Pritchard as he recently went through a similar situation with Kevin Durant.

“I’ve been in this situation,” Presti told Pritchard. “It’s hard. I wish we weren’t talking about it.”

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Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Nick Collison Re-Signs With Thunder, Will Retire Following 17-18 Season

Jul 14, 2017 12:09 PM

Nick Collison has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Collison will retire following the 17-18 season.

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Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder

Jul 13, 2017 10:00 AM

Paul George was shocked when he learned he had been traded by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder were not previously mentioned as a team who could potentially trade for George.

"It was surprising. This team wasn't one of the teams that we had in mind," George said. "I thought I was going to four or five other teams that were pretty active in trade [talks]. When I found out it was OKC, I was quite surprised, but at the same time I was happy about the trade. I was thrilled, I was looking forward to it. All I wanted was a chance and an opportunity to play for something special and ultimately to try and win a championship, and right off the bat I think I can do that here playing alongside Russ [Russell Westbrook]."

George had informed the Pacers, through his agent, that he intended to sign elsewhere when he reached unrestricted free agency next summer.

"The risk in this decision was not making it," Thunder general manager Sam Presti said.

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

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Thunder Waiting On Russell Westbrook For Answer On Supermax Extension Offer

Jul 11, 2017 1:15 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are awaiting an answer from Russell Westbrook on their offer of a supermax extension at 35 percent of the salary cap.

Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018 if he doesn't sign the supermax.

"I wouldn't really say that one's a negotiation," said Sam Presti.

The Thunder are essentially waiting for an answer from Westbrook on the offer.

James Harden agreed to a similar supermax on Saturday.

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Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul George Describes Interest In Lakers As 'Overstated'

Jul 11, 2017 10:37 AM

Paul George clarified his position on the possibility of joining the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in 2018.

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan,” George says. “I idolized Kobe. There will always be a tie here, a connection here. People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A., to be the man in your city. But it’s definitely been overstated. For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it. I’m not a stats guy. I’m playing this game to win and build a legacy of winning. I’ve yet to do that. I’m searching for it. If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that.”

The Lakers are building around Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and cap space.

“It’s too early for L.A.,” he says. “It would have to be a situation where the ball gets rolling and guys are hopping on. This guy commits, that guy commits. ‘Oh s---, now there’s a team forming.’ It has to be like that.” 

George is optimistic about what he and Russell Westbrook can build with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“I’m in OKC, so hopefully me and Russ do a good enough job and make it to the conference finals and love the situation, why not recruit someone to come build it with us? I’m open in this whole process.”

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

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Kevin Durant Endorsed Oklahoma City To Paul George

Jul 11, 2017 10:26 AM

Paul George is arriving to the Oklahoma City Thunder without a prior relationship with Russell Westbrook or Sam Presti.

George has done some due diligence about Oklahoma City and even asked his 2016 Olympic teammate, Kevin Durant, about the situation.

“KD was like, ‘That place will blow you away,’” George says. “He told me, ‘They can offer what other teams can’t in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals.’ He was pretty high on them. He thought it was a first-class organization in every way.” 

Reggie Jackson is one of George's friends and he told the newest member of the Thunder that he would love it. Jackson was traded by the Thunder a few months after they were unwilling to come to terms on an extension.

George understands why the Indiana Pacers were frustrated with his decision to want to leave the team.

“There’s no right way to handle it,” George says. “I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship. I wanted to bring that to Indiana. I really did. I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”

George can become a free agent in 2018.

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Agree To One-Year Deal With Raymond Felton
The Thunder had a severe deficiency at backup point guard last season.

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Andre Roberson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Thunder
Andre Roberson could have signed a four-year deal with the Thunder, but he preferred getting back onto the open market at a younger age.

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Patrick Patterson Agrees To Three-Year, $16.4M Deal With Thunder
Oklahoma City had a major need at power forward.

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Lakers Still Confident Paul George Will Sign In 2018
According to a report, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have already conveyed to Paul George "behind the scenes how he can be the first to experience what they will do" running the Lakers.

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Ty Lawson Receiving Interest From Wolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Kings
Ty Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per game over 69 games for the Kings.

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Russell Westbrook Not Expected To Immediately Sign $217M Extension
Russell Westbrook has a standing offer of a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Pacers Were Offered Gary Harris In Three-Way Paul George Trade
The Pacers were seeking Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and multiple picks from the Celtics.

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Thunder Trade For Paul George From Pacers
The Thunder have traded for Paul George from the Pacers.

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Thunder Interested In Michael Carter-Williams
The Bulls declined to tender a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams in free agency.

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Knicks Identify Sam Presti As Possible Candidate
The Thunder would likely require compensation from the Knicks for allowing Sam Presti out of his contract.

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Thunder Remain Interested In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay will hold free agent meetings in Austin, Texas.

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Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant
The Thunder could have declined Jerami Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent.

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Russell Westbrook Doesn't Comment On Potential Extension With Thunder
Russell Westbrook can sign a supermax contract beginning on July 1st.

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Russell Westbrook Named Most Valuable Player
Russell Westbrook joins Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Derrick Rose and Dirk Nowitzki as active players who have won MVP.

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Thunder Tender Qualifying Offer To Andre Roberson
Andre Roberson has become one of the NBA's best wing defenders.

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Thunder Sign Rashawn Thomas To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Rashawn Thomas averaged 22.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game as a senior at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

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Kevin Durant Wears Hat With Ring On Top Of Cupcake (Photo)
Kevin Durant was spotted at JaVale McGee's charity softball game wearing a hat featuring a cupcake with a ring on top of it.

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Celtics, Lakers, 76ers, Suns, Kings Thunder Have Discussed Kristaps Porzingis Trade
Phil Jackson expressed in an MSG interview that he's still disappointed Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit meeting.

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Finals TV Ratings In Oklahoma City Were Down Despite Kevin Durant
With Kevin Durant in The Finals as a member of the Warriors, one would have guessed his old fans in Oklahoma City would have tuned in to either root against him or for him.

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