Oklahoma City Thunder Wiretap

Thunder Waive Aleksej Pokusevski

Feb 23, 2024 10:13 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are waiving big man Aleksej Pokusevski. The Thunder will eat Pokusevski's $5 million salary for this season. He was set to be a free agent following the end of the season.

Despite flashing promise at various points during his first four NBA seasons, Pokusevski was unable to grab hold of a regular role with Oklahoma City. Each time he seemed to have some positive momentum, Pokusevski would pick up and injury. That seemingly set him back to starting over after each period of missed time.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Aleksej Pokusevski, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Waiver

Discuss
Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Finish 1st, 2nd In Latest ESPN MVP Straw Poll

Feb 13, 2024 2:45 PM

With Joel Embiid no longer eligible to win 23-24 NBA MVP, Nikola Jokic has emerged as the new leader in ESPN's latest straw poll ahead of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Jokic received 69 first place votes, 25 second, three third and three fourth to log 889 points.

Gilgeous-Alexander had 24 first place votes, 54 second, 16 third, three fourth and two fifth to have 709 points.

Antetokounmpo is a distant third followed by Luka Doncic and Kawhi Leonard. 

Jokic won the award in 2021 and 2022 while finishing second behind Embiid last season.

Tim Bontemps/ESPN

Tags: Nikola Jokic, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

Discuss
Adam Flagler, Thunder Agree To Two-Way Contract

Feb 10, 2024 6:56 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and guard Adam Flagler have agreed to a two-way contract. Flager fills the two-way spot that was opened when Oklahoma City signed Lindy Waters III to a standard contract.

Flagler has played for the Oklahoma City Blue of the G League this season. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 12.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.1 assist per game for the Blue.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Adam Flagler, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Blue, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams, D-League Signing Rumor

Discuss
Bismack Biyombo, Thunder Agree To Rest Of Season Contract

Feb 10, 2024 6:51 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder and free agent center Bismack Biyombo agreed to a rest-of-season contract. Biyombo is joining Oklahoma City to give them some additional frontcourt depth behind Chet Holmgren.

Biyombo played 30 games (27 starts) with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season. The veteran center averaged 5.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks with the Grizzlies.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Tags: Bismack Biyombo, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor

Discuss
RealGM Radio: Seth Partnow On The Trade Deadline (Feb 2024)

Feb 10, 2024 11:13 AM

Host Danny Leroux and Seth Partnow of StatsBomb and The Athletic discuss the NBA Trade Deadline.

They break down which teams improved the most, why there were fewer high-impact moves, the Thunder’s fascinating future, the Knicks’ place in the East hierarchy and much more.

Subscribe to RealGM Radio on Apple Podcasts or via the RSS feed

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, RealGM Radio

Discuss
Lindy Waters III, Thunder Sign Multi-Year Standard Contract

Feb 9, 2024 9:44 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Lindy Waters III to a multi-year contract.

Waters III has appeared in 87 career games (one start) with the Thunder and averaged 5.4 points and 1.9 rebounds while shooting 36.8% from three-point range. Signed to a Two-Way contract on Aug. 18, 2023, he has seen action in 21 games with the Thunder this season and averaged 2.8 points and 1.0 rebound in 7.3 minutes per game. In six games (all starts) this season with the Oklahoma City Blue, he has posted averages of 22.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.83 steals in 33.3 minutes per game. 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Lindy Waters III, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Thunder Acquire Gordon Hayward From Hornets For Tre Mann, Davis Bertans, Vasilije Micic

Feb 8, 2024 10:53 AM

The Oklahoma City have agreed to acquire Gordon Hayward from the Charlotte Hornets for Tre Mann, Vasilije Micic, Davis Bertans and draft compensation.

Hayward is on a $31.5 million expiring contract and wasn't planning on seeking a buyout if he were not traded. 

The Thunder signed Micic to a three-year, $23.6 million deal last offseason with Year 3 being a team option. 

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Gordon Hayward, Tre Mann, Davis Bertans, Charlotte Hornets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Official Trade, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Kevin Porter Jr. Reaches Plea Deal On Assault, Harassment Charges

Jan 23, 2024 1:41 PM

Kevin Porter Jr. reached a plea deal in a Manhattan court Tuesday in the case involving his former girlfriend and WNBA player Kysre Gondrezick.

Porter has agreed to reckless assault in the third degree, a misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. 

"The resolution will allow Mr. Porter to put this incident, which involved false felony allegations and false facts, behind him with no criminal record and move forward," Porter's lawyers said in a statement.

Porter was arrested for an alleged attack on Gondrezick at the Millennium Hilton on Sept. 11 in New York.

Gondrezick told the New York Post in October that Porter "didn't hit me," saying allegations that he beat her were not true.

In October, Porter was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder and subsequently waived. 

ESPN

Tags: Kevin Porter, Jr., Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Suspension

Discuss
Anthony Edwards Gripes About Calls Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Gets

Jan 21, 2024 8:23 AM

Anthony Edwards put most of the blame on himself for the Minnesota Timberwolves loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. But Edwards saved a little for the calls the officials give to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander too.

"It's hard to [contain them] with the calls that Shai gets," Edwards said. "It's hard to shut them down. You can't touch him any time of the game. It's super hard to beat. That team is a good team, especially when they're getting calls like that."

For the game, Gilgeous-Alexander was 12-of-13 from the free throw line.

As for himself, Edwards owned that he needs to take better care of the ball.

"I got to look in the mirror," Edwards said. "Because it's me who generates most of the turnovers. … I'm definitely looking at film trying to figure out what am I doing? The majority come from me trying to make the right play. It's not really there. I'll be better."

Chris Hine/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Tags: Anthony Edwards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Discuss
Josh Giddey Cleared As Police End Investigation

Jan 17, 2024 10:37 PM

Police in Newport Beach announced they have closed an investigation into allegations that Josh Giddey had an improper relationship with an underage girl and will not pursue charges. 

"After a thorough and exhaustive examination, we have completed our investigation into information that was circulating on social media involving Josh Giddey," the statement read. "Our detectives have reviewed all of the available information and were unable to corroborate any criminal activity related to Mr. Giddey."

Adam Silver said in early December that the league office's investigation would "take a back seat" to the Newport Beach police's process.

"Generally, we will work with law enforcement to the extent they will share with us the information they have," Silver said during his Las Vegas news conference before the NBA's in-season tournament final. "We can learn from that. We gather whatever information is available to us, in working alongside a police department in this case, or a D.A. As long as they say that we are not interfering with their investigation, we do what we can at the same time. But generally, we fall in behind any investigation and then go from there."

Giddey has been routinely booed in road games since the allegations surfaced.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Suspension

Discuss
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Giannis Antetokounmpo Named NBA Players Of December

RealGM Staff Report

Chet Holmgren, Jaime Jaquez Jr. Named Rookies Of The Month; Ty Lue, Joe Mazzulla Named Coaches Of The Month

NBA PR

Chet Holmgren: We Know We Have A Long Ways To Go

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyrese Haliburton Named NBA's Players Of Week 10

RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On Season So Far (Dec 2023)

RealGM Staff Report

Celtics, Thunder, Mavericks Have Shown Interest In Isaiah Stewart

James Edwards/The Athletic

Kings, Hawks, Thunder Considered Teams With Strongest Interest In Lauri Markkanen

Jake Fischer/Yahoo Sports

New Oklahoma City Thunder Arena Approved By Voters

Jessie Christopher Smith, Cheyenne Derksen/The Oklahoman

RealGM Radio: Keith Smith On The Season So Far (Dec 2023)

RealGM Staff Report

Chet Holmgren, Jamie Jaquez Jr. Named NBA Rookies Of The Month For Oct/Nov

RealGM Staff Report

Thunder, Davis Bertans Revise Contract; Guaranteed Salary Increased To $5.25M Next Season

Michael Scotto/HoopsHype

Josh Giddey Under Investigation By Police On Allegations Of Improper Relationship With Minor

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Josh Giddey Available To Play While NBA Conducts Investigation

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Opens Investigation Into Allegations Josh Giddey Has Improper Relationship With Minor

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton On The Season So Far (Nov 2023)

RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Jared Dubin On The First Month (Nov 2023)

RealGM Staff Report

Sixers Acquire Lesser Of OKC's Three FRPs In 2026, Thunder Get 2027 Pick Swap With Clippers

Jake Fischer/Yahoo Sports

Nikola Jokic: Chet Holmgren Needs To Be A Little Bit Fatter

Bennett Durando/Dnever Post

Thunder Waive Jack White

Mike Scotto/HoopsHype

Thunder Exercise 24-25 Options For Ousmane Dieng, Josh Giddey, Chet Holmgren, Tre Mann, Jalen Williams

RealGM Staff Report