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Russell Westbrook Undergoes Knee Surgery

Sep 12, 2018 3:17 PM

Russell Westbrook has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Westbrook was feeling some stiffness in the last week.

Westbrook will be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

Sasha Vujacic Works Out For Pelicans, Thunder

Sep 11, 2018 8:52 AM

Sasha Vujacic worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and will have a workout on Tuesday with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source.

Vujacic last played in the NBA for the New York Knicks in 16-17.

Last season, Vujacic played in Italy.

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Tags: Sasha Vujacic, New Orleans Pelicans, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Thunder Use Waive-And-Stretch On Kyle Singler

Aug 30, 2018 12:29 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder will use the waive and stretch provision on Kyle Singler.

The Thunder will save $23.4 million in luxury tax payments by stretching Singler's $5 million salary.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Kyle Singler, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Paul George Didn't Want To Waste Lakers' Time In Free Agency

Aug 23, 2018 11:16 AM

Paul George said the Los Angeles Lakers were upset with him for not taking a meeting with them in free agency.

George was strongly linked to the Lakers for more than a year but he decided to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder even before the start of free agency.

"L.A. was pissed at me," he said on the Short Story Long podcast. "I didn't give Magic [Johnson] a meeting, which I understand. But at that point, I knew I wanted to give it another shot [in Oklahoma City]. I didn't want to prolong it and waste people's time."

George announced his decision at a house party in Oklahoma hosted by Russell Westbrook. George also posted a photo that night of him and Westbrook on Instagram with the caption "Unfinished business."

"Coming down to free agency, I didn't want to waste any time," George said on the podcast. "I wanted to give it another shot. I gave them one year. We played well against the best teams. I wanted to give it a real shot."


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

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

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.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Ed Davis Also Received Interest From Blazers, Warriors, 76ers, Thunder
Ed Davis signed a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Carmelo Anthony: Oklahoma City Wasn't A Good Fit
Carmelo Anthony believes winning "rewrites everything."

Jemele Hill/ESPN

Hamidou Diallo Agrees To Three-Year, $4M Deal With Thunder
Hamidou Diallo was the 45th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Thunder Acquire Abdel Nader From Celtics For Rodney Purvis
Abdel Nader appeared in 48 games last season with the Celtics.

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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