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Carmelo Anthony Felt 'Stabbed In The Back' By Knicks

Oct 18, 2017 11:40 PM

Carmelo Anthony's debut with the Oklahoma City Thunder will coincidentally come against the New York Knicks.

Anthony talked about his exit from the Knicks.

"I always envisioned myself coming back, even when I was being pushed out," Anthony told reporters at the Thunder's practice. "I think for me, I knew what was going on behind closed doors, I knew the talk that was happening. I just wanted them to come to me direct and say, 'Look, this is what we're thinking,' and not have to read it or hear about it and then go to them and say, 'What is this?' If they felt that I just wanted them to be honest and direct.

"I think I was very honest and direct with them about wanting to be in New York, wanting to be on a winning team, wanting to have a good team. I was very honest with that. I just didn't feel like they were honest with me."

Anthony also reflected upon his relationship with Phil Jackson.

"I was always, 'I'm going to put my trust in Phil, I'm going to put my trust in Phil,'" Anthony said. "That diminished after a while. I'm out here doing everything I can and I'm still getting stabbed in the back. I'm not trusting in that anymore. I'm trusting in these guys [teammates] that are out here. Whoever's out here, this is who I'm dealing with."


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Thunder Sign PJ Dozier To Two-Way Contract

Oct 17, 2017 2:51 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract.

In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64 starts) and averaged 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.34 steals in 24.0 minutes per game.

During the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Dozier averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game as he helped the Gamecocks clinch their first Final Four berth in school history.

Dozier has also been assigned No. 35 upon his request, which previously belonged to Kevin Durant.

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Thunder Sign Yannis Morin, Chris Wright

Oct 11, 2017 6:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed center Yannis Morin and forward Chris Wright.
Morin (6-10, 210) played five games (one start) with the Thunder in the 2017 Orlando Pro Summer League and averaged 2.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. He spent the 2016-17 season with Le Havre in France, where he appeared in 37 games (28 starts) and averaged 6.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.84 blocks and 1.00 steal in 24.5 minutes per game. 
The center played five total seasons in France, spending three seasons with Cholet Basket and one season each with Denain ASC Voltaire and Le Havre.

Wright (6-8, 226) was a member of the Oklahoma City Blue during the 2016-17 season. He appeared in 20 games (four starts) and averaged 9.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.35 steals in 21.9 minutes per game.

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Thunder Waive Bryce Alford, Markel Brown, Rashawn Thomas

Oct 11, 2017 4:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived guards Bryce Alford and Markel Brown and forward Rashawn Thomas.

Alford, Brown and Thomas, originally signed on Sept. 25, did not appear in a game this preseason.

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Jordan Brand Discontinuing Carmelo Anthony's Signature Shoe

Oct 11, 2017 12:11 AM

Jordan Brand is discontinuing Carmelo Anthony's signature shoe after 13 models.

Anthony has continued wearing the M13 during preseason and it's expected he'll wear a combination of shoes from the brand this year.

Anthony's signature line ends as the fifth longest in NBA history, behind only Michael Jordan (32), Kobe Bryant (17, across Nike and Adidas), LeBron James (15) and Allen Iverson (14).

Anthony will remain a key endorser for Jordan Brand.

Russell Westbrook also wears Jordan Brand. 

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Mike D'Antoni Had No Reservations About Coaching Carmelo Anthony Again

Oct 9, 2017 12:45 PM

Mike D'Antoni and Carmelo Anthony had a tumultuous working relationship when they were with the New York Knicks and appeared close to a reunion this offseason with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets and Knicks were unable to execute a trade and Anthony was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

D'Antoni says he wouldn't have had an issue coaching Anthony again.

"Oh yeah. We all get a little bit, hopefully, better at what we do. And it's a whole different situation and we know that James (Harden) and Chris (Paul) are good friends (of Carmelo's) so it's a whole different thing," D'Antoni said Monday. "Actually after New York, we went to USA Basketball and we won a gold medal again so it's not like it's anything new." 

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Carmelo Anthony: I've Always Been A Product Of My Environment

Oct 2, 2017 3:00 PM

Carmelo Anthony was asked what "Olympic Melo" means to him as many expect that version of his game to be displayed playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

“Olympic Melo connotation comes into play [where] I’m surrounded by great players,’’ Anthony said. “I try to get where the game is easier for myself, easier for everybody else. That’s where I can come in and not have to do too much and bring my game and help me blend with other guys.

“I’ve always been a product of my environment. Whatever environment wants from me, that’s what I give my environment. This environment is different, reminds me of being around Olympic teams, those great teams.’’

Anthony also compared the vibe in Oklahoma City to his one season at Syracuse.

“I’m like born again a little bit,’’ Anthony said. “I feel like I’m in college again. My second college campus being around in a city with a college feel. The energy and joy is back with the game of basketball. I can feel it when I wake up. That energy is different. I think you’ll see something special.’’

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Thunder Name Rob Hennigan VP Of Insight & Foresight

Oct 2, 2017 1:38 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder named Rob Hennigan as Vice President of Insight & Foresight and promoted Will Dawkins to Vice President of Identification & Intelligence.
In his role, Hennigan will oversee key functions that include Strategic Planning, Data Science & Solutions and Information Management & Counsel. Dawkins will lead the Thunder’s Amateur Evaluation and oversee the Pro Evaluation function. 
“I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Rob back to the Thunder. He was here in the earliest stages of the organization in 2008 as we built the foundation for the Thunder that we are continuing to build from as we enter our 10th season in Oklahoma City,” said Sam Presti. “Will has proven to be a true, organic, rising talent within our organization having held several roles and now moving into a vice president and pillar lead position within our executive management team.”
Hennigan returns to the Thunder after serving as General Manager for the Orlando Magic the last five seasons. During Hennigan’s previous tenure with the Thunder (2008-2012), he most recently served as the team’s Assistant General Manager/Player Personnel. 
Dawkins has been with the Thunder in each of its 10 seasons, working in different capacities including scouting coordinator, assistant video coordinator and front office intern before his most recent title of Director of College and Player Personnel.  
The Thunder also announced the additional staff updates: Marc St. Yves - Vice President of Logistics & Engagement, Matt Tumbleson - Vice President of Basketball Communications & Engagement, Donald Strack - Vice President of Human & Player Performance, Paul Rivers - Chief of Staff, Amanda Green - Director of Information Management & Counsel, Wynn Sullivan - Director of Strategic Planning, Jesse Gould - Director of Pro Evaluation, Ayana Lawson - Director of Community & Lifestyle Services and Oliver Winterbone - Director of Player Development.

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Source: Paul George Will Give Thunder An Audience In Free Agency

Oct 2, 2017 1:19 PM

Paul George did not include the Oklahoma City Thunder on his list of six teams he preferred a trade to this offseason, but a source says he will give the franchise an audience next summer in free agency.

According to a source, George has been impressed by the culture of the Thunder and the acumen of Sam Presti. 

George was also impressed that the front office “had the (guts)” to pursue him. 

George was most closely connected to the Los Angeles Lakers before his trade to the Thunder but the equation appears to have changed.

The Thunder have already signed Russell Westbrook to an extension.

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Russell Westbrook: I Like Where I'm At

Oct 1, 2017 11:55 PM

Russell Westbrook is now signed for $233 million with the Oklahoma City Thunder over the next six seasons. Westbrook could have signed earlier in the offseason but waited until camp had begun.

"I like where I'm at," Westbrook said.

"I wasn't worried," Westbrook said about potential distractions if he were to enter his walk year. "See, that's what I keep trying to tell you, I wasn't really worried about it because I know I wanted to be -- it didn't -- obviously with the time and everything, that's part of the job, but I wasn't really worried, man. I was really just focusing on just being at home and embracing that time.

"My focus never shifted. I mean, obviously I didn't talk to you guys, so you guys were kind of making up your own assumptions, but my focus never changed. For me, you know, taking my time, family is the most important thing to me, and that's what I was focused on. When it's time to focus on basketball I do that, and that's it."

While Westbrook didn't say he decided to sign an extension because of Oklahoma City's aggressive trades for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, he did indicate it was nice to see.

"Obviously they made moves to improve our team, and being able to play for a championship and being able to play at a high level is something that I want to do every single year, and those moves proved that," Westbrook said.

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Paul George: Westbrook's Extension 'Absolutely' To Factor In 2018 Decision
Paul George will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.

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Russell Westbrook Agrees Upon Five-Year, $205M Extension With Thunder
Russell Westbrook is now signed for six seasons at $233 million through 22-23.

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Carmelo Anthony Expected To Join Paul George With Cavs On Draft Night
Carmelo Anthony believed he was on the verge of being traded to the Cavaliers on draft night.

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Knicks Sought Tristan Thompson From Cavs For Carmelo Anthony
Cleveland never moved from their offer of Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.

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Agent: Carmelo Anthony Believed Rockets' Trade Was Nearly Done In Early July
The Knicks nearly traded Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets, but they ultimately decided to not take on the contract of Ryan Anderson.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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Paul George: Winning Takes Precedence Over Everything
While Paul George has been strongly linked to the Lakers, he is content as he begins his first season with the Thunder.

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls
Dwyane Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.

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Russell Westbrook, Paul George Played Big Roles Recruiting Carmelo Anthony
Both Russell Westbrook and Paul George are currently slated to become free agents in 2018.

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Knicks Agree To Trade Carmelo Anthony To Thunder
The Thunder would send Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott and the Bulls' 2018 second round pick to the Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.

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Thunder Remain Hopeful Of Russell Westbrook Signing Extension
The Thunder have had the offer on the table to Russell Westbrook throughout the entire offseason.

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Kevin Durant Apologizes For Twitter Comments About Thunder, Billy Donovan
Kevin Durant spoke about his Tweets from a fake account.

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Thunder Hire Rob Hennigan
Rob Hennigan previously worked for the Thunder before joining the Magic.

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Russell Westbrook Signs 10-Year Extension With Jordan Brand
Russell Westbrook first joined Jordan Brand in 2013 on a five-year deal.

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RealGM Radio: Northwest Division With David Locke, Adam Mares
Host Danny Leroux, David Locke of Locked on NBA and Adam Mares of Denver Stiffs break down the NBA’s loaded Northwest Division.

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Source: Bulls Knew Cameron Payne Couldn't Play In NBA After 2nd Practice
Cameron Payne has struggled to stay healthy during his NBA career due to recurring foot issues, but his actual play may be the bigger issue.

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Russell Westbrook Has Yet To Give Thunder Answer On Extension Offer
The Thunder have had a standing offer on the table to Russell Westbrook for several weeks.

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Pacers File Tampering Charges Against Lakers On Paul George
The NBA is investigating the charges but no wrongdoing has been found to date.

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Clippers Expected To Hire Michael Winger As General Manager
Michael Winger will report directly to Lawrence Frank.

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Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players
Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

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