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Carmelo Anthony Will Not Opt Out Of $27.9M Deal With Thunder

Jun 22, 2018 5:49 PM

Carmelo Anthony will not opt out of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 18-19 season.

Anthony is owed $27.9 million next season.

The Thunder could pursue a buyout with Anthony or possibly trade him.

Oklahoma City could have a tax bill approaching $80 million if Paul George re-signs on a max salary starting at $30.3 million.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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2018 NBA Draft: Full Results

Jun 21, 2018 7:37 PM

The 2018 NBA Draft is underway in Brooklyn.

1. Phoenix Suns: Deandre Ayton 

2. Sacramento Kings: Marvin Bagley

3. Dallas Mavericks (via Atlanta): Luka Doncic

4. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson Jr.

5. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Trae Young

6. Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba

7. Chicago Bulls: Wendell Carter Jr.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn): Collin Sexton

9. New York Knicks: Kevin Knox

10. Phoenix Suns (via Philadelphia): Mikal Bridges

11. Los Angeles Clippers (from Charlotte: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

12. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit via Clippers): Miles Bridges 

13. Los Angeles Clippers: Jerome Robinson

14. Denver Nuggets: Michael Porter Jr.

15. Washinton Wizards: Troy Brown

16. Philadelphia 76ers (from Phoenix/Miami): Zhaire Smith

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Donte DiVincenzo

18. San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker

19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota): Kevin Huerter

20. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City): Josh Okogie

21. Utah Jazz: Grayson Allen

22. Chicago Bulls (from New Orleans): Chandler Hutchison

23. Indiana Pacers: Aaron Holiday

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Anfernee Simons

25. Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland): Moritz Wagner

26. Philadelphia 76ers: Landry Shamet

27. Boston Celtics: Robert Williams

28. Golden State Warriors: Jacob Evans

29. Brooklyn Nets (from Toronto): Dzanan Musa

30. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston): Omari Spellman

Second Round

31. Phoenix Suns: Elie Okobo

32. Memphis Grizzlies: Jevon Carter

33. Dallas Mavericks: Jalen Brunson

34. Charlotte Hornets: Devonte Graham

35. Orlando Magic: Melvin Frazier

36. New York Knicks: Mitchell Robinson

37. Portland Trail Blazers (via Sacramento): Gary Trent Jr.

38. Detroit Pistons (via Philadelphia): Khyri Thomas

39. Los Angeles Lakers (via Philadelphia): Isaac Bonga

40. Brooklyn Nets: Rodions Kurucs

41. Denver Nuggets (via Orlando): Jarred Vanderbilt

42. Detroit Pistons: Bruce Brown

43. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Justin Jackson

44. Washington Wizards: Issuf Sanon

45. Charlotte Hornets (via Brooklyn): Hamidou Diallo

46. Houston Rockets: De'Anthony Melton

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Keita Bates-Diop

49. San Antonio Spurs: Chimezie Metu

50. Indiana Pacers: Alize Johnson

51. New Orleans Pelicans: Tony Carr

52. Houston Rockets (via Utah): Vince Edwards

53. Oklahoma City Thunder: Devon Hall

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas): Shake Milton 

55. Charlotte Hornets: Arnoldas Kulboka

56. Dallas Mavericks: Ray Spalding

57. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Hervey

58. Denver Nuggets: Thomas Welsh

59. Phoenix Suns: George King

60. Dallas Mavericks: Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Execs Suggest Paul George Could Take One-Plus-One Deal With Thunder

Jun 19, 2018 5:55 PM

Paul George could consider taking a one-plus-one contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason, according to multiple front office executives.

George appears to have conflicted feelings on whether to re-sign with the Thunder or explore his options in free agency, so a short-term contract would allow him to hedge. George could earn $30.3 million next season and $32.7 million in 19-20 in case he gets hurt.

By all accounts, George enjoyed his first season with the Thunder and feels good about his partnership with Russell Westbrook.

The Thunder acquired George from the Indiana Pacers at last year's trade deadline.

Marc Stein/New York Times

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Paul George, Russell Westbrook Continuing Bond In Offseason

Jun 7, 2018 4:58 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder remain confident in their odds of re-signing Paul George this offseason.

"I think there's a lot of positivity around it, and I think even around Paul George, there's a sense he feels like he's in a good place in Oklahoma City. But things change," said Shams Charania. "There's different dominoes that's going to change over these next few weeks. LeBron James is probably the biggest domino that's going to drop. Until the league gets ahold of what his aspirations are, Paul George can very well decide to stay in Oklahoma City and not wait for what LeBron James is going to do."

Charania also suggests George will likely have a conversation with James at some point this offseason before reaching a decision. 

But George has also developed a strong relationship with Russell Westbrook.

"Paul George has become really close to Russell Westbrook and I think that's a relationship that you can't quantify. I think that means a lot for the Thunder franchise. They might be bonding better than Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook did during Kevin Durant's free agency. They're spending a lot of time just, you know, doing what friends do. That could go a long way for Oklahoma City as it goes into July 1."

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Rockets To Be Aggressive Pursuing Paul George

Jun 5, 2018 11:03 PM

The Houston Rockets will be aggressive in trying to acquire Paul George this offseason.

The Rockets would have to be creative to acquire George, as they were last offseason with Chris Paul, due to their limited cap space. Chris Paul, Clint Capela and Trevor Ariza will be free agents for the Rockets as well.

George has a player option for the 18-19 season.

“But Oklahoma City’s done a great job of selling him on a future there, and he liked playing with Russell Westbrook and Steven Adams and Billy Donovan,” Adrian Wojnarowski said. “They have a real opportunity to keep him, but the Lakers are home. He grew up in L.A., and when he left Indiana his plan was that he would be in L.A. in a year. So you have to credit Oklahoma City for really turning his head on that.”

The Rockets are also expected to pursue LeBron James.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN (via Brett Dawson/Oklahoman)

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Andre Roberson Undergoes Scope On Left Knee

May 30, 2018 8:21 AM

Andre Roberson underwent a successful left knee scope on Tuesday.
The scope was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthapedic Clinic in Los Angeles, Calif. The elective procedure was done to proactively relieve synovitis, which will enhance rehab activities and accelerate Roberson’s rehab protocol. He remains on pace to return for the start of the 2018-19 season.
In 39 games (all starts) during the 2017-18 season, Roberson averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.15 steals in 26.6 minutes.  

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Warriors-Rockets Game 7 Had Lower Rating Than Warriors-Thunder Game 7

May 29, 2018 3:56 PM

TNT drew the second highest rating in NBA history on cable television with a peak of 18 million viewers for its coverage of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals between the Warriors and Rockets. 

TNT's coverage of Game 7 of the Warriors-Thunder series in 2016 drew an 8.8 household rating in the United States and peaked at 19.8 million total viewers.

For Game 7 in 2018, TNT averaged 14.8 million viewers compared to 15.9 million in 2016.

TNT’s coverage of the Western Conference Finals series averaged 9.4 million viewers.

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Jerami Grant Optimistic About Re-Signing With Thunder

May 19, 2018 10:46 AM

Jerami Grant enters free agency after becoming a key part of the Oklahoma City Thunder rotation in his second season with the club.

The Thunder exercised their 17-18 team option on Grant last offseason, which prevented him from becoming a restricted free agent but makes him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I definitely think it's a possibility," Grant said. "I know it's a lot of moving pieces but I definitely think it's a great possibility me being there. There's a lot of things they have to figure out but I think it’s a good chance."

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Rockets Were Optimistic About Trade For Carmelo Anthony Before Phil Jackson's Exit

May 16, 2018 12:18 PM

The Houston Rockets pursued a trade for Carmelo Anthony last offseason and sources say they were optimistic at one point that a three-way deal would be agreed upon with the New York Knicks and Portland Trail Blazers.

The talks with the Knicks, however, fizzled, after the exit of Phil Jackson after the draft and before the start of free agency.

The Rockets' potential trade for Anthony had no impact on their interest in signing P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute in free agency.

James Harden began to recruit Tucker days after their season ended as they hung out together in Atlanta.

"Yo, you're coming to Houston," Harden told him then, according to Tucker. "We need what you do."

Anthony was eventually traded to the Thunder in a package for Enes Kanter.

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Raptors Had Deal With Thunder To Select Giannis If Steven Adams Was Off Board

May 12, 2018 11:13 AM

The Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks were two teams that wanted to select Giannis Antetokounmpo on draft night in 2013.

"Atlanta was really determined to get him," said Wojnarowski on The Woj Pod. 

"I will submit the Danny Ferry sob story about this one," replied Brian Windhorst.

"Danny Ferry, Wes Wilcox were really focused on him," said Wojnarowski. "And Masai (Ujiri) had a deal in Toronto. Masai was working with Oklahoma City on a possible trade. I think Oklahoma City was at ten that year and they took Steven Adams. Ten or 11, or 12. Somewhere in there. Once (Steven) Adams made it to the Thunder, there was no trade. But I think if Adams would have been taken ahead of them, Oklahoma City may have traded out of there and Toronto would have gotten him. 

"The mythology of Giannis' draft year, because it was a horrendous draft. Especially at the top."

The pick owned by the Thunder that year coincidentally was Toronto's, which they dealt to the Rockets for Kyle Lowry and was then moved to Oklahoma City in 2012 for James Harden.

Ujiri had just been hired by the Raptors and they were widely expected to embark on a rebuild, but they instead pivoted to becoming an Eastern Conference contender around Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

The Hawks owned the 17th pick, two slots behind the Bucks at No. 15, which they ultimately used on Dennis Schroder. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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Nick Collison Retires From NBA
Nick Collison was drafted 12th overall by the Sonics in 2003.

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Paul George Undergoes Surgery On Left Knee
Paul George will be out six to eight weeks.

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Alex Abrines Undergoes Successful Sports Hernia Surgery
Alex Abrines is expected to miss six weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

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Sam Presti Believes Best Thing For Paul George Is 'Continuity'
The Thunder are "encouraged" by the discussions they've had with Paul George.

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

Thunder Will Retain Billy Donovan As Head Coach
Billy Donovan has compiled a 150-96 record over three seasons.

Brett Dawson/Oklahoman

Carmelo Anthony Won't Consider Bench Role Next Season
Carmelo Anthony is owed $28 million on the final season of his contract.

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Report: Thunder Didn't Have Any Chemistry Issues
Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in particular made the biggest adjustments.

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Paul George 'Would Love To Remain A Thunder But That's What This Summer Is For'
Paul George and the Thunder had an up-and-down first season together.

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Russell Westbrook Addresses Confrontation With Fans
Russell Westbrook believes the issue of fans saying "disrespectful" things needs to be addressed.

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Russell Westbrook Fined $10,000 For Confronting Rudy Gobert
Russell Westbrook was assessed a technical foul after the fact for his incident in Game 4 in which he confronted Rudy Gobert.

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Kevin Durant On Westbrook: I Don't Want Problems With Nobody
Kevin Durant's relationship with Russell Westbrook has seemingly improved over the past few months.

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Donovan Mitchell: The Strength Of Our Team Is The Strength Of Our Team
The Jazz didn't allow Russell Westbrook's comments to get them out of their team-oriented game.

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Durant Likes Comment Describing Westbrook As OKC's Problem By 'Total Accident'
Kevin Durant claims he accidentally 'Liked' a comment on Instagram that blames Russell Westbrook for why the Thunder were unable to win a title.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 18): Cavs/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder, Rockets/Wolves
On Cavaliers/Pacers, Jazz/Thunder and Rockets/Wolves.

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NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

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James Harden On OKC Trade: How Do You Give That Up?
James Harden thinks about what could have been with the Thunder on a daily basis.

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Russell Westbrook Declines To Endorse James Harden For MVP
Russell Westbrook beat out James Harden to win MVP last season.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Paul George Won't Let How Thunder Finish Season Dictate Free Agency Decision
Paul George said he's not in a "championship or bust" mindset as he evaluates his free agency options.

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Kevin Durant: I Don't Think We Would've All Been MVPs In OKC
The Thunder will have had three future MVPs on their team that reached the 2012 Finals.

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Thunder Don't Have Owner With More Than 19 Percent Stake In Franchise
The Thunder have the third highest payroll in the NBA.

Berry Tramel/Oklahoman