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RealGM Radio: David Locke, Adam Mares On The Northwest Division

Aug 15, 2018 2:37 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), David Locke of the Utah Jazz and Locked on Podcast Network (@Lockedonsports) and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs (@Adam_Mares) break down the Northwest Division.

They discuss how the Jazz, Nuggets, Thunder, Timberwolves and Trail Blazers fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Thunder To Sign Tyler Davis To Two-Way Contract

Aug 13, 2018 9:58 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will sign Tyler Davis to a two-way contract.

Davis went undrafted out of Texas A&M.

Davis averaged 11.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.8 minutes per game for the Nets in Summer League.

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Tags: Tyler Davis, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Blue, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Warriors To Play Kings In Seattle On Oct. 5

Aug 7, 2018 10:07 AM

The Golden State Warriors will play the Sacramento Kings on Oct. 5 at KeyArena in Seattle.

The preseason game will be the NBA's first return to Seattle since the Sonics left for Oklahoma City in 2008.

Kevin Durant played his rookie season in Seattle with the Sonics.

“That would be amazing, hopefully that goes through,” Durant said in February of returning to Seattle for a preseason game, when the exhibition was in its planning stages. “I mean, the fans of Seattle definitely deserve basketball, and that would be amazing. So, I’m looking forward to that.”

Connor Letourneau/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kevin Durant: I'm Now The Real Me, I Was Phony In OKC

Aug 2, 2018 5:19 PM

Kevin Durant reportedly revealed to Chris Broussard that he was a phony when he was with the Oklahoma City Thunder and that he is now able to be more himself.

"He's a conflicted guy. There's a part of him that's religious. He has ministers come visit him and hang out with him during the season. Then there's a big part of him that's doing things that don't match up with his faith.

"He was engaged a few years ago. His fiancee broke up with him, she said he stopped living like a Christian. And I've talked to him about that. He's conficted in that regard with who he is in terms of that.

"And then on the court ... the guy we saw in Oklahoma City was not cursing all the time, was not being as aggressive in terms of arguing and maybe fighting with guys or getting technicals...

"Durant texted me and said 'the guy you see now is the real me. The guy in Oklahoma City was the phony -- I was just trying to please everybody and do what I thought everybody wanted me to do.'

"I'm gonna take him at his word."

Chris Broussard/Fox Sports (via Drew Shiller)

Tags: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Pacers Had 'Qualms' Offering Supermax To Paul George Had He Qualified In 2017

Jul 27, 2018 11:14 AM

The Indiana Pacers had "qualms" about signing Paul George to a supermax contract extension in 2017 had he made an All-NBA team to become eligible for one.

George didn't qualify and the Pacers traded him to the Oklahoma City Thunder when he requested a trade.

George re-signed with the Thunder in 2018.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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

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Paul George Felt Thunder 'Was The Road For Me To Win'

Jul 27, 2018 9:54 AM

Paul George privately decided to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder several weeks before free agency began. After telling the Indiana Pacers he planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the 16-17 season, George never even met with the Lakers.

"It was absolutely tempting," George said. "Honestly, I wanted to come back home. But again, I got traded to Oklahoma. Loved the situation. Loved where I was at. I decided to stick around a little longer. ...

"I just wanted my free agency to be over with. In my heart, I felt great about Oklahoma and I wasn't going to prolong it if I felt good about it already."

George said he "felt most comfortable" with the Thunder.

"I felt when it came down to it and all the factors that played into it, deep down there was a nasty taste where we finished," George said. "I just felt I had more to offer. I had more to give. I just felt about where we were as a whole.

"I honestly went through the process and doing pros and cons throughout the whole [season]. I wouldn't say the whole [season] was a recruiting process. I was just trying to find the highs and lows and the good and bad. Ultimately, I just felt this was the road for me to win."

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

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Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder

Jul 26, 2018 9:50 AM

Ed Davis received interest from the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers before agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.

“The main thing is they definitely came out aggressive when July 1 hit, so I definitely wanted to go to where I was wanted, so that had a lot to do with it,” Davis said on a conference call. “Then, I talked to Allen (Crabbe) and Jeremy (Lin) a little bit about the coaching staff and things like that and how the organization was run, and it was nothing but great things. Then, I think this team has potential definitely. We can try to make this push into the playoffs this year, and it’s going to be a challenge, but that’s one of the reasons why I’m here.”

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Tags: Ed Davis, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Carmelo Anthony: Oklahoma City Wasn't A Good Fit

Jul 26, 2018 9:24 AM

Carmelo Anthony initially was resistant to the idea of a buyout to become a free agent.

"To get bought out, to get waived, you were looked at like, you're done," said Anthony. "Now, it's just almost like the norm. If something doesn't work, go ahead and get a buyout or go ahead and get traded. That's the new norm in our society in basketball. I had to get over that.

"I had a conversation with my wife and family. I said to them, I'm not taking no buyout. I'm not getting waived. And they said, at the end of the day, nobody is going to know that. You have to do what you have to do. It's going to be a blip on your radar. It's on to the next chapter. It took me a while to get to that point where I'm like, OK, I'm going to accept it."

Anthony said ultimately things didn't work out with the Oklahoma City Thunder because of timing.

"At the end of the day, it wasn't a good fit," he said. "I think last year -- and I haven't talked about this before -- everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp. Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, oh s---, Melo just come on and join us. Like, you can figure it out since you've been around the game for a long time. That's why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me."

Anthony is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets.

"I think winning, at the end of the day, rewrites everything," he said. "It settles everything. I also look back at this past year. When we were winning, the story was written already. When we started losing, the story is written. It's almost premeditated. I'm playing ball. I'm happy. I'm excited about what's to come, wherever that may be."

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Hamidou Diallo Agrees To Three-Year, $4M Deal With Thunder

Jul 25, 2018 5:00 PM

Hamidou Diallo has agreed to a three-year, $4 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Diallo was the 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Acquire Abdel Nader From Celtics For Rodney Purvis

Jul 24, 2018 8:52 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired forward Abdel Nader and cash considerations from the Boston Celtics in exchange for guard Rodney Purvis.
 
Nader (6-6, 220) appeared in 48 games (one start) for Boston and averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.9 minutes per game. Drafted 58th overall by the Celtics in the 2016 NBA draft, the Iowa State product was named the 2016-17 NBA G League Rookie of the Year, after playing in 40 games (all starts) with the Maine Red Claws and averaging 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 33.5 minutes per game.
 
Purvis, acquired last week by Oklahoma City, played in 16 games (two starts) last season with the Orlando Magic and averaged 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 18.1 minutes per game.

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Tags: Abdel Nader, Rodney Purvis, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Thunder Agree To Trade Dakari Johnson To Magic For Rodney Purvis
The Thunder have been working to reduce their luxury tax bill.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Hawks Trade Dennis Schroder, Mike Muscala To Thunder For Carmelo Anthony, 2022 FRP
Carmelo Anthony will be waived.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Thunder Likely To Waive-And-Stretch Carmelo Anthony
The Thunder are unlikely to find a trade of Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rockets Considered Strong Frontrunners To Sign Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony has also considered signing with the Heat.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Paul George Believed To Take Middle Ground Between Security And Maximizing Money
Paul George could have signed a new contract worth 35 percent of the cap after Year 2 if he signed a 2-plus-1 contract.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony Granted Permission To Meet With Rockets, Heat
Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder are working towards a buyout.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Rockets Determined To Sign Carmelo Anthony
The Rockets have lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Carmelo Anthony To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Heat
The Lakers and Rockets are considered more likely landing spots for Carmelo Anthony than the Heat.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Thunder Sign Deonte Burton To Two-Way Contract
Deonte Burton played collegiately at Iowa State and is on Oklahoma City's Summer League roster.

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Thunder, Carmelo Anthony Will Work Together On Exit
The Thunder could save $100 million by parting ways with Carmelo Anthony.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Royce Young/ESPN

Raymond Felton Agrees Upon One-Year, $2.4M Deal With Thunder
The move pushes Oklahoma City to a combined payroll and luxury tax above $300 million.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Nerlens Noel Agrees Upon Two-Year Deal With Thunder
Nerlens Noel will have a player option for Year 2.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tyreke Evans Receiving Interest From Lakers, Thunder
Tyreke Evans had a productive season in 17-18 with the Grizzlies.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Nerlens Noel Narrows Free Agency Decision To Lakers, Wizards, Thunder
Nerlens Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million contract offer last season from the Mavericks.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

JaVale McGee Receiving Interest From Warriors, Lakers, Pelicans, Thunder
JaVale McGee spent the past two seasons with the Warriors.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Jerami Grant Agrees To Three-Year, $27M Deal With Thunder
The Thunder quickly re-signed Jerami Grant.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Paul George Agrees Upon Four-Year, $137M Deal With Thunder
Paul George has committed to the Thunder without even meeting with the Lakers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Paul George Expected To Immediately Re-Sign With Thunder
Paul George could re-sign with the Thunder without even meeting with the Lakers.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Cavs, Warriors, Thunder, Wizards Pay Luxury Tax For 18-19
The Cavaliers paid the most at $50.7 million, followed by the Warriors at $32.3 million, the Thunder at $25.4 million and the Wizards at $7 million.

Larry Coon/ESPN

Russell Westbrook Hosting Party In OKC With Paul George In Attendance
Invited guests were required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Royce Young/ESPN