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Scott Brooks, Mike D'Antoni Named Coaches Of The Month

Mar 1, 2018 8:14 PM

Scott Brooks and Mike D’Antoni have been named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.  

Brooks led the Wizards to an 8-4 record in February, including a 6-1 mark on the road, as Washington took over first place in the Southeast Division and moved up to fourth place in the Eastern Conference.  Playing the entire month without All-Star guard John Wall, the Wizards defeated five of the seven other teams currently among the top eight in the East.

Washington opened February with a 122-119 home win over the current East-leading Toronto Raptors.  The Wizards’ road success featured victories at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Milwaukee Bucks.  For the month, Washington led the East in assists (29.3 apg) and ranked third in field goal percentage (48.6).      

Under D’Antoni, the NBA-leading Rockets went 12-0 in February, marking the third time in team history that they have gone unbeaten in a calendar month with at least 10 games.  Houston ended the month with a 14-game winning streak, becoming the sixth team in NBA history with two winning streaks of at least 14 games in a season.  At 48-13, Houston has its best-ever record through 61 games and a half-game lead over the Golden State Warriors for the best record in the Western Conference and overall.

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Corey Brewer Commits To Thunder

Mar 1, 2018 11:47 AM

Corey Brewer has committed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Brewer spoke with Billy Donovan and Sam Presti about the situation.

Brewer also communicated with three Eastern Conference teams.

The Lakers and Brewer agreed upon a buyout on Wednesday.

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Derrick Rose Has Only Received 10-Day Contract Interest

Mar 1, 2018 10:37 AM

Derrick Rose has yet to receive a significant offer since becoming a free agent. Rose has received several 10-day contracts, according to sources.

Rose was waived by the Jazz following his trade from the Cavaliers.

Rose signed a veteran's minimum contract in the offseason with Cleveland.

"The injuries and lack of enthusiasm to play hurts him," a Western Conference executive told B/R.

Rose has interest in an opportunity that could be a longer term fit.

"He's not trying to go into a developing situation or trying to find out who is he is," a person close to Rose told B/R. "He knows who he is as a player."

Rose's camp hopes the Thunder could have interest in him. Some rival general managers speculate that the Clippers are interested.

There has been no communication between Rose and the Wolves.

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Tags: Derrick Rose, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Corey Brewer Likely To Sign With Thunder

Feb 28, 2018 10:04 PM

Corey Brewer is expected to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder once he clears waivers on Friday.

Brewer agreed upon a buyout with the Lakers on Wednesday.

Billy Donovan was Brewer's coach at Florida.

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Warriors, Wolves, Thunder Interested In Joakim Noah If Bought Out

Feb 23, 2018 1:48 PM

If Joakim Noah agrees upon a buyout from the New York Knicks before the deadline to become playoff eligible, he is expected to receive interest from a number of contending teams.

The Warriors, Timberwolves and Thunder are believed to have interest in signing Noah.

Minnesota would give Noah the opportunity to reunite with Tom Thibodeau.

Noah remains away from the Knicks following a January altercation at practice with Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek pushed Noah and Noah pushed him back before the two were separated.

Noah hasn’t addressed his status publicly since leaving. 

Noah signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Knicks in 2016 and he has two seasons remaining on the deal. It would benefit the Knicks to wait on parting ways with Noah unless he took a significant reduction off the contract.


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Paul George Receives 'We Want Paul' Chant From L.A. Fans

Feb 17, 2018 7:12 PM

Paul George received "We want Paul! We want Paul!" chants from the crowd in Los Angeles when he took the podium for All-Star media day.

George has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers as he enters free agency this offseason.

"It makes you feel great,'' George said. "I love it. It's not to say that I don't. I felt the energy. I know where the love is.''

George grew up approximately 65 miles from Staples Center.

"It feels good to be welcome. I think anybody would want to be wanted and be welcomed,'' he said.


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Wolves, Thunder Could Pursue Joakim Noah If Bought Out

Feb 8, 2018 9:08 AM

While a buyout for Joakim Noah with the New York Knicks is unlikely, he would receive interest from several teams if he becomes a free agent.

Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves would be expected to show interest in signing Noah.

Noah is due $18.53 million in 18-19 and $19.3 million in 19-20.

Noah has been away from the Knicks as they attempt to trade him following his altercation with Jeff Hornacek.

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Thunder Have Strong Interest In Avery Bradley

Feb 7, 2018 10:23 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are believed to have strong interest in trading for Avery Bradley.

Bradley is available in trade talks by the Los Angeles Clippers as he's on an $8.8 million expiring contract.

The Thunder have a need on the wing following the season-ending injury to Andre Roberson.

Bradley has a history in effectively defending Stephen Curry and Chris Paul.

The Thunder have limited ways of acquiring Bradley as they can't trade a first round pick until 2022.

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Paul George Lauds 'Savvy, Smart' Thunder Franchise

Feb 7, 2018 9:14 PM

Paul George is about to move past the trade deadline with the Oklahoma City Thunder feeling very good about the franchise a few months before his free agency.

“This is a very savvy, smart organization,” George said of the Thunder. “They understand that they’re about winning, and some things take time. I don't think when they brought us together, it was something...(where) they thought this was going to be a team that was (winning) 60, 70 (games). I think they knew it was going to be an adjustment, us three coming together.

“I've never been on a team with this much starpower. I know Russ had KD, and Melo has been used to being by himself, so I think what it comes down to is they know this is a process and they're putting all their chips into us. They're confident, and we're confident, in this thing working out.”

George has connected well with Russell Westbrook.

“It feels great,” he said of the fit with Westbrook. “Even tonight (against the Warriors), we were just pushing each other. When I came out early, I'm like, 'Russ, man, take it further. Push it further.' And then when I checked back in, he came out, 'P, take it further, push it further.' So it's great. I think we're feeding off each other. We're both different types of players, and I think that's why this is working so well.

“I'm a catch and shoot (player), like to play off the ball, and he's so great at attacking and getting in the paint and making guys like myself, making it easy for me. I think that's the reason why it's working. We just play really well off one another.”

George is excited for Oklahoma City's playoff run before his free agency.

“Well, I mean I'm happy here,” George said. “I'm happy here. I'm happy with this group. At the end of the season, it's still on my decision on what I need to do for my family. That has nothing to do with my happiness here though. I've been really happy. It's a great organization to be a part of, but again, you know, I don't want people looking at this and (saying) like, 'Hey, because he said it's his happiness at the end of the day (that he’s definitely re-signing).

“I don't know if whether I'm going to LA, or what I'm going to do this offseason. But I can say I am happy about being here. I'm happy with playing with Russ, happy with playing with Melo, and this organization. This front office has shown what they can do to go get pieces and how active they are about winning.”

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)


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Thunder Expected To Make Move By Deadline
The Thunder have been engaging in the trade market leading to the deadline with an emphasis on a wing addition.

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Thunder, Bulls, Pistons Interested In Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Thunder Interested In Trading For Avery Bradley
The Thunder are looking for an injury replacement for Andre Roberson.

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Russell Westbrook Pushes Fan Who Steps Onto Court
Russell Westbrook was walking off the court when the fan got in front of him.


Clippers Offered Blake Griffin To Thunder For Paul George
The Clippers were aggressive in their pursuit of a Blake Griffin trade before settling on a deal with the Pistons.

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Paul George Replaces DeMarcus Cousins On All-Star Team
Paul George is currently averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals.

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Andre Roberson Out For Season With Ruptured Left Patellar Tendon
Andre Roberson was taken off the court on a stretcher after his left leg appeared to give out.

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Paul George Describes Decision As 'Easier To Make' Due To Westbrook's Support
Paul George is in his first season with the Thunder.

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Thunder Unlikely To Trade Paul George Ahead Of Deadline
The Thunder remain willing to lose Paul George in free agency.

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month
LeBron 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).

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Paul George Doesn't Want To Know What Happened Between Westbrook, Durant
When Paul George was traded to the Thunder, he watched hours of tape of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook playing together.

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Paul George Won't Leave Thunder If They're In 'Upward Trend'
Paul George said he doesn't need the Thunder to win a championship as a selling point.


Russell Westbrook: Sales Pitch To Paul George Will Come After Winning Title
Paul George will be a free agent in 2018 while Russell Westbrook has already committed to the Thunder.

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Paul George: I Would Have Loved Trade To My Home City
Paul George was asked if he regretted reports tying him to the Lakers.

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Carmelo Anthony: We Need The Westbrook That Doesn't Defer
Russell Westbrook has begun to play like his MVP self of late and has a PER of 39.1 over his last five games.

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Carmelo Anthony Accepting Off-Ball Role
Carmelo Anthony is embracing his role playing off the ball.

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Thunder Not Yet Considering Paul George Trade
Paul George can become a free agent this offseason and his incorporation into the Thunder lineup has been a struggle at times.

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Paul George: I'm Not Giving Up On Thunder
Paul George remains optimistic about Oklahoma City's odds this season.

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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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