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Chris Paul Believes Players Need 'At Least' 3-4 Weeks To Prepare Before Resumption

Apr 22, 2020 11:03 PM

Chris Paul believes players will need "at least" three or four weeks to prepare to play games if they get the go-ahead to resume the season..

"I'm just letting you know -- and I don't think the league would do it anyway -- but if they were like, 'Hey, you got two weeks, and then we're going,' that's not going to happen," Paul, who is serving his seventh year as National Basketball Players Association president, said during a conference call. "That's not going to happen. Whatever the amount of time is, just know that players will have the input, the say-so, because we're the ones playing. That comes first. We don't ever want to put guys in a situation where their injury risk is higher than ever before."

Paul was careful not to discuss hypothetical situations at length.

"We just want to play," Paul said. "We're trying to figure out what that looks like. Right now, I'm just focused on playing, playing in some form or fashion.

"This is a situation where no one knows. The virus is actually in complete control. I seriously tried to answer things the best I could, but there are things where it's not like I've got the answers and I'm just not telling you."

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Andre Roberson Says He's Past Rehab Stage, 'Almost' Ready To Return To Court

Apr 19, 2020 2:26 PM

Andre Roberson said he's close to returning to the court for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Roberson tore his patellar tendon on January 27th, 2018 against the Pistons. 

Roberson was initially expected to return within a year, though he experienced setbacks in rehab. 

“I’m kinda past the rehab stage. I’m almost to the point where — I should be playing, honestly. But I’m still taking it a day at a time until I get back into our medical staff’s hands and get reevaluated. Just staying patient through it all and knowing that the light is right there at the end of the tunnel…It’s definitely been a long journey and it’s coming to an end," said Roberson on the Catching Up With the Family podcast.

Roberson will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.

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Danilo Gallinari Helps Fund 400 COVID-19 Testing Kits, Medical Supplies In Oklahoma City

Mar 28, 2020 1:07 PM

Danilo Gallinari will fund 400 COVID-19 testing kits and other medical equipment such as N95 masks in Oklahoma City, with an emphasis on helping high-risk individuals such as health care professionals and people over 65.

"Knowing what's going on in my country and what my family has been through both in France and Italy, if I can help mitigating or at least avoiding some of the troubles we had early on in Italy, and we can do better here in OKC and the States in general, that's good," said Gallinari.

Gallinari was vocal in asking the league to play behind closed doors after seeing the impact of the virus in his native Italy.

Gallinari praised the league's decision to suspend the season when it did.

"I wasn't predicting anything, or I wasn't a magician. I was just telling everybody what was going on in Italy was something very possible in the States, too. Fortunately, [NBA commissioner] Adam Silver did an amazing job, closing everything right away, so we didn't go through Phase 2. We never even played games with no fans. After what happened, it was great for him to do what he did and stop everything."

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All Thunder Players, Staff Test Negative For COVID-19

Mar 18, 2020 6:05 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder consulted with infectious disease experts for a recommendation on the players and staff who needed COVID-19 testing based on their exposure at the game on March 11. All results have come back negative.

The Thunder will continue to work in coordination with team physicians, public health officials and infectious disease experts, while focusing on the health and safety of everyone in our community.

Recognizing the stress on the state of Oklahoma’s medical system, the Thunder did not use state resources and chose an alternative path for testing of its personnel.

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Knicks Interested In Trading For Chris Paul

Mar 5, 2020 2:34 PM

The New York Knicks could pursue a trade for Chris Paul this offseason.

Paul is having a resurgent career at the age of 34, but he is owed $41.4 million in 20-21 and $44.2 million in 21-22. The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Paul from the Houston Rockets as part of the Russell Westbrook trade and were unable to trade him to another team this past offseason.

Leon Rose, who is now running the Knicks, was the longtime agent of Paul.

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Bulls Reportedly Interested In Sam Presti

Mar 4, 2020 9:10 AM

The Chicago Bulls have interest in hiring Sam Presti away from the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 in Chicago.

"That's the guy they want," said Kaplan. "They are prepared to pay him what it takes."

John Paxson and Gar Forman have largely been running the front office of the Bulls for most of the current century. 

Presti has been general manager of the Thunder since 2007.

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Chris Paul Has No Interest In Becoming NBA Head Coach In Retirement

Feb 25, 2020 8:53 AM

Chris Paul is often mentioned as the current player who would make the best future NBA head coach. Paul has long been considered a coach on the floor, but he has no interest in the lifestyle of a head coach when he retires.

"No chance," said Paul. "It's the time. I don't want to travel like that. I want to be around the game as much as possible. I watch every game. But I want to be around my kids and family."

Paul will retire with approximately $300 million in career earnings.

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Danilo Gallinari Wanted To Stay With Thunder Past Deadline, Interested In Re-Signing

Feb 25, 2020 8:44 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder held trade talks at the deadline with the Miami Heat on a deal involving Danilo Gallinari, but he ultimately remained with the franchise.

Gallinari is in his first season with the Thunder following his trade from the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the Paul George package.

Gallinari was asked to comment on remaining with the Thunder after those discussions at the deadline.

“I really wanted to stay to stay here. [It would be] tough to leave such a great atmosphere, great teammates, a group that is winning," said Gallinari. "I wanted to stay.”

Gallinari was also asked about the possibility of re-signing with the Thunder as a free agent this offseason.

“I hope so. It’s not the time now to talk with the team. But in the summer, it’s going to be interesting for me… Definitely, it could be a great option for me to stay here.”

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Danilo Gallinari, Heat Discuss Contract Extension To Help Finalize Three-Team Trade

Feb 6, 2020 8:30 AM

The Miami Heat and Danilo Gallinari are working on a contract extension to help finalize a three-team trade involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies.

Gallinari is on an expiring contract.

The Heat still want to maintain cap space for 2021.

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Thunder Discussing Danilo Gallinari Three-Way Trade With Heat, Grizzlies

Feb 5, 2020 11:13 PM

The Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies are in discussions with the Oklahoma City Thunder about expanding their Andre Iguodala trade into a three-team deal involving Danilo Gallinari.

The Heat have concurrently pursued a trade for Gallinari in addition to Iguodala.

Memphis is currently slated to receive Justise Winslow as part of the package for Iguodala. 

Gallinari is on an expiring contract and it is unclear how he fits into the long-term plans of the Thunder should they keep him beyond the deadline. 

The Thunder already own Miami's 2023 first round pick, which is protected in the top-14. As part of this deal, Oklahoma City is trying to get Miami to lift the protection.

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Heat Trying To Trade For Both Andre Iguodala, Danilo Gallinari

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Lakers Interested In Trading For Spencer Dinwiddie, Dennis Schroder

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Heat Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari

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Nerlens Noel Undergoes Procedure To Repair Cheek Fracture

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Mavericks Trade Isaiah Roby To Thunder For Justin Patton, Cash

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76ers, Mavericks Amongst Teams Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari

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Hawks Could Pivot To Trade Talks With Thunder On Steven Adams

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Sam Presti Was Stunned By Paul George's Trade Request But Respected His Approach

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Paul George: Trade To Clippers Was A Lot Deeper Than Basketball Reasons

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Kevin Durant, Kendrick Perkins Debate Greatest Player In Thunder History Title

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Dennis Schroder, Terry Rozier Each Fined $25K

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Dennis Schroder, Kyle Lowry Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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'No Belief' Chris Paul Will Be Traded This Season

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Sam Presti Would Unlikely Be Blocked By Thunder If Wanted To Leave For Another Job

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Thunder To Sign Kevin Hervey To Two-Way Contract

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Thunder Waive Devon Hall From Two-Way Contract

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Blazers Expected To Pursue Trade For Danilo Gallinari

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Kevin Love Prefers Trade To Blazers

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High-Ranking Knicks Official Tried To Convince Carmelo Anthony To Stay In 2017

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Thunder Willing To Absorb Burdensome Salary In Potential Trades

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