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Thunder Unlikely To Trade Paul George Ahead Of Deadline

Jan 8, 2018 6:03 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder remain fully committed to playing out the rest of the season with Paul George.

The Thunder traded away Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis for George last June despite his status as a free agent this coming offseason.

The Thunder have made a favorable impression upon George so far this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers likely remain the team to beat on signing George.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month

Jan 4, 2018 4:09 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. 

James ranked first in the Eastern Conference in assists (10.3 apg), third in scoring (27.5 ppg) and eighth in rebounding (8.2 rpg) as the Cavaliers went 9-5 in December.  He also tied for second in the East in steals with 1.93 per game.  The four-time Kia NBA MVP finished second in the East with nine double-doubles and recorded a conference-best five triple-doubles, including three straight from Dec. 14-17 to tie his career-long streak set in March 2009.  He notched at least 20 points in 13 of 14 games and recorded five games with 30 or more points.  The 33-year-old forward tallied at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists 11 times.  

Westbrook averaged a triple-double of 27.8 points (fourth in the NBA), 10.6 assists (tops in the NBA) and 10.2 rebounds (fourth in the West) as the Thunder went 12-5 for the month, including wins over the San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors.  The 29-year-old guard posted six triple-doubles to improve his league-leading total to 12.  He shot 50.0 percent or better from the field in seven of his last nine games for the month.  On Dec. 22, Westbrook’s game-winning three-pointer capped a 30-point, 15-assist performance in a 120-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.   

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Paul George Doesn't Want To Know What Happened Between Westbrook, Durant

Jan 4, 2018 11:52 AM

When Paul George was traded to the Thunder, he watched hours of tape of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together. George even spoke about the Thunder with Durant but they didn't discuss playing with Westbrook.

"What happened between them two is between them two," George said. "They had a long history together. I respect the history they had together. It wasn't on my behalf to want to know. I didn't want to know. Whatever wasn't working, or whatever was working that we didn't know, media ran with it and thought they were against each other; it was between them.

"We were in a new situation, and I wanted a fresh start with Russ. Whether there was something that went bad between those two, I didn't need to have any opinion going into this. I wanted know Russ and get to know Russ for myself. And he's been an unbelievable teammate."

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Paul George Won't Leave Thunder If They're In 'Upward Trend'

Jan 4, 2018 9:32 AM

Paul George said he doesn't need the Thunder to win a championship as a selling point when he becomes a free agent, but he does want to see them trending in the right direction.

"I've got a lot to think about," George said. "This summer will be huge. I've got a lot to think about. If we're trending, if we're going in the right direction, if I feel there is something that we're building, and there's a foundation -- it would be kind of clueless, just stupid on my behalf to up and leave.

"I'm very conscious that we're only together for a year so far, and we continue to go in an upward trend. It's best to stick with what we have and work on building. So, I wouldn't say it's championship or bust, or championship and I'm out. It's all about building. If I like where we're building or the level that we're going at, it would be stupid to walk away from that."

George has been tied to the Lakers for several years.

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Russell Westbrook: Sales Pitch To Paul George Will Come After Winning Title

Jan 3, 2018 2:54 PM

Russell Westbrook was asked what his sales pitch will be when Paul George becomes a free agent this offseason.

"Sales pitch gonna be when we win a championship. Beat that pitch," said Westbrook.

George will be a free agent in 2018 and has been linked to the Lakers, who the Thunder are playing on Wednesday.

Westbrook could have become a free agent in 2018 but he's already signed a contract extension.

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Paul George: I Would Have Loved Trade To My Home City

Jan 2, 2018 2:36 PM

Paul George was asked whether he had any regrets about his wish to be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers be reported before he was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder by the Indiana Pacers.

"No regrets at all. All was said was a destination I would love to go," said George. "There wasn’t a ‘Hey, gunpoint to the head, send me here.’ I just stated it was somewhere I wanted to go play. You ask 80, 70 percent of guys in the league if they would love to go back home and play for their city, play for their home. That’s all I stated that I would have loved to go back home and played for my city. No regrets. No regrets at all. I thought this trade that went down was a win-win for both sides and I’m happy for both of them.”

George will be a free agent this offseason and continues to be linked to the Lakers.

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Carmelo Anthony: We Need The Westbrook That Doesn't Defer

Dec 28, 2017 8:39 AM

Russell Westbrook had 30 points, eight rebounds and 13 assists in Oklahoma City's 124-107 win over the Raptors on Wednesday. Westbrook has begun to play like his MVP self of late and has a PER of 39.1 over his last five games.

"I think the fact that Russ is just playing -- not trying to defer to anybody, to any one of us -- just playing his game and letting us play off him ... I think he's much more effective by doing that rather than deferring to myself or Paul (George)," Carmelo Anthony said. "We know what we bring to the game. We understand it. We accept it. And by that, he's able to just play his game, relax and do what he does best. We need that. We need that Russ out there. Not the one who defers to us. Let us figure it out."

Anthony has slid to a more auxiliary role.

"It takes time to get used to one another," Anthony said. "I said this early in the season: Nothing happens overnight. It takes time for everybody to figure it out. This was all new, and it's still all new, but the more time that goes by, the more we're able to figure it out. Learning each other, figure out each other's tendencies. But I think the most important thing is we're starting to accept what we bring to the game and what we bring to the team, and everybody's honoring that."

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Carmelo Anthony Accepting Off-Ball Role

Dec 23, 2017 3:36 PM

Carmelo Anthony is embracing his role playing off the ball.

In Friday's game, Anthony scored 24 points on 8-of-19 shooting including 7-of-12 from 3 as most of his offense came on catch-and-shoot opportunities.  

"One hundred percent," Billy Donovan said when asked if that was the ideal kind of offensive game for Anthony. "I give him a lot of credit because this is different for him, and he's really been open-minded about trying to do whatever he can do to help the team. And as a coach, you really appreciate someone that's been in the game such a long time and established himself as a 10-time All-Star, 14 years in the league, one of the all-time greats, that he's willing to look at ways that he can do things a little bit differently to help our team."

"I think for me it's just a matter of accepting that role. That's all it is," Anthony said. "Realizing that's what it's going to be, these are the type of shots I'm going to get, this is the type of offense we're going to be running and accepting that, and working on that role. That's something that I've kind of been doing over the past week, is allowing myself to accept that role and do whatever I gotta do to make this team win."

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Thunder Not Yet Considering Paul George Trade

Dec 19, 2017 10:43 AM

Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder have shown no impulse to entertain trade discussions on Paul George, according to a source.

George can become a free agent this offseason and his incorporation into the Thunder lineup has been a struggle at times.

The same source also says the Thunder were under no delusions that George would commit to them beyond the current season when they traded for him in June.

According to multiple media reports, George has remained closely linked with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Paul George: I'm Not Giving Up On Thunder

Dec 19, 2017 10:36 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have disappointed so far during the first season with Paul George.

"With the talent we have, we don't want to just be getting by," George said. "We want to start building towards being a dominant team."

"It's a three-man circus," a Western Conference executive told Bleacher Report. "They don't play well together. There's no ball movement, no chemistry. You can tell by watching them play, it's out of sync. There's no rhyme or rhythm to how they play."

George was asked if he may give the Thunder a heads-up on his free agency the way he did with the Pacers.

"Well, I think this is a different scenario because it's our only year together as far as we're on one-year contracts," George told Bleacher Report. "I want to put everything into this and see where that takes us. I'm not giving up; I'm not giving in. I want to give this thing everything I have and we'll see where it goes."

Westbrook signed an extension in September but sources say the Thunder are under no delusions that George would commit to anything beyond the current season.

"We all enjoy playing with one another," George told B/R. "This could possibly be me being here for multiple years. But ... I'm not going to just throw it in and be like, 'No, I'm done with this.' We've got a long, long, long season ahead of us. And I'm committed to that."

George remains optimistic about Oklahoma City's odds this season.

"We're going to turn this season around and we're going to start playing the right way," he told B/R. "I'm sure late in the season, in April and May, we'll be happy where we're at."

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Paul George: We've Never Had Chemistry Problems
Both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are adjusting to different roles with the Thunder.

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Paul George: Pacers' Success Provides Closure
Victor Oladipo has become an All-Star candidate with the Pacers.

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Paul George: Obviously This Is Not Where We Want To Be
Oklahoma City currently is ninth in the Western Conference.

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Nazr Mohammed Joins Thunder Front Office
Nazr Mohammed said one of his goals is to become an NBA general manager.

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Russell Westbrook: I Take Ownership Of Everything That's Going On
The Thunder continue to struggle and Russell Westbrook is taking responsibility for their issues.

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Russell Westbrook: Sam Presti Has Done An Amazing Job
Russell Westbrook was complimentary of the job Sam Presti has done in rebooting the Thunder.

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Russell Westbrook: My Job Is To Make Sure Paul George, Carmelo Anthony Are Comfortable
Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony are each accustomed to dominating the ball.

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Kevin Durant Has Moved To Better Place With Feelings Towards Thunder
Kevin Durant spoke about how he's finally moved on past his negative feelings towards the Thunder.

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Thunder Unlikely To Afford Current Roster Beyond 17-18
The Thunder are unlikely to continue with their current trajectory of an expensive roster and the luxury tax ramifications.

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Thunder Hold Meeting Following Latest Loss
The Thunder now have an 0-6 record against Western Conference teams.

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Billy Donovan, Paul George, Russell Westbrook Fined $15,000 Apiece
The Thunder criticized the officials following their loss at Portland.

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Thunder Decline 18-19 Option On Josh Huestis
Josh Huestis has averaged 12.7 minutes per game this season for Oklahoma City.

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Russell Westbrook Records Triple Double Against Every Team He's Faced
Russell Westbrook scored 12 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists against the Bulls.

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Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks
Carmelo Anthony envisioned remaining with the Knicks even as "was being pushed out."

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Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract
PJ Dozier helped lead South Carolina to the Final Four.

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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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