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Russell Westbrook Voted MVP By Fellow Players

Aug 18, 2017 10:23 PM

Russell Westbrook has been voted by his peers as Most Valuable Player for the 16-17 season.

Awards were given during the 2017 Players Voice Awards announced via Twitter on Friday.

Malcolm Brogdon won Rookie of the Year while Kawhi Leonard was named "Best Defender".

Gregg Popovich was voted the "Coach You'd Most Like To Play For," LeBron James was "Player You Secretly Wish Was On Your Team," and Vince Carter was "Most Influential Veteran."

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Russell Westbrook, Paul George Have First Workout Together

Aug 14, 2017 5:23 PM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George had their first workout together since becoming teammates with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The pair worked out in Los Angeles along with Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott.

George was unable to attend Westbrook's previously planned workout.

George was acquired by the Thunder on June 30th. Both Westbrook and George can become free agent next summer.

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Tags: Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Patrick Patterson Undergoes Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Aug 10, 2017 12:48 PM

Patrick Patterson underwent a successful arthroscopic procedure today on his left knee.

The proactive procedure was performed by Dr. Neal S. ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California. Patterson will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks.

This past season, Patterson appeared in 65 games with Toronto averaging 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.

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Tags: Patrick Patterson, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Injury

Thunder Sign Daniel Hamilton To Two-Way Deal

Aug 3, 2017 5:42 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Daniel Hamilton to a two-way contract.

Hamilton spent the 2016-17 season with the Oklahoma City Blue, appearing in 49 games (47 starts) and averaging 14.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 31.2 minutes per game. His rebounds led all qualifying rookie guards in the G League. 

Hamilton led the Blue with 15 double-doubles and added the team’s only triple-double of the season, the fifth in team history. 

“Daniel has shown significant strides in his development since entering our program,” said Sam Presti. “We are thrilled that he will receive the first two-way contract in Thunder history as we expect him to spend time with both teams this season as he continues to evolve as a player.”


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Tags: Daniel Hamilton, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections

Jul 28, 2017 10:11 AM

The Indiana Pacers had Kyrie Irving as their No. 1 target when working on a Paul George trade in June.

The Pacers were willing to trade George for Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times.

Cleveland instead worked with the Pacers on a three-way trade involving Kevin Love going to the Denver Nuggets with Indiana getting a package centered around Gary Harris.

The deal fell apart when Cleveland refused to trade a future first round pick without any pick protections. The Cavaliers insisted on a lottery protection for the pick.

The Pacers pivoted to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in which they acquired Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

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Tags: Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Terrance Ferguson Agrees To Rookie Scale Deal With Thunder

Jul 27, 2017 9:35 PM

Terrance Ferguson has agreed upon his four-year rookie scale deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Ferguson was the No. 21 overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft.

Ferguson played last season in Australia.

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Dan Gilbert Believes Pacers Could Have Made Better Paul George Trade

Jul 27, 2017 9:09 AM

Dan Gilbert believes the Indiana Pacers could have received a better trade package for Paul George than the one they agreed upon with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I will say that Indiana could've done better than it did," Gilbert said.

The Cleveland Cavaliers thought they had a deal in place to acquire George in a trade that would have sent Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, and Gary Harris as the centerpiece to the Pacers.

The Pacers, however, dispute there was ever an agreement, sources said.

"That's been well-publicized," Altman said of the George deal that fell through. "I don't want to talk about that. What's interesting is, over the course of the NBA draft, there's 60 picks. In the first round, there's five minutes between picks. I probably made 200 phone calls that night, and none of that gets publicized. We're actively trying to get better and discover what opportunities that are out there. It's the ones that sort of don't make it to the media that are the ones you're more crushed about.

"So, we're very active during that time. Also, we're aggressive in trying to figure out how can we get better for this organization. So, I'm not going to talk about that specific trade, but know that we were active during that time and every team in the NBA was active during that time, trying to help their respective franchises."

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Tags: Paul George, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Carmelo Anthony, Thunder Have Mutual Interest

Jul 24, 2017 12:27 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder could be a trade candidate for Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause with the New York Knicks and has preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets or Cleveland Cavaliers.

Troy Weaver helped recruit Anthony when he was an assistant coach at Syracuse. Weaver has been assistant general manager of the Thunder since the 10-11 season.

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that one source doubts Anthony would play for the Thunder but he would possibly be willing to discuss it. A second source simply said "Houston" when asked about the Thunder report.

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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th

Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets thought they had a Paul George deal in place.

Everyone tentatively agreed on a conference call between the teams.

George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

A call was to be arranged between George and Dan Gilbert, which was an important step before finalizing the trade. Cleveland's front office began making other plans for the offseason.

Kevin Pritchard then sent message that the Pacers were backing out and then quickly agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Paul George, Kevin Love, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Dakari Johnson, Thunder Agree Upon Two-Year Deal
Dakari Johnson has played in the G-League over the past two seasons.

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Sam Presti Gave Front Office MacGyver Notecards For Offseason Inspiration
After the Thunder were eliminated from the playoffs, Sam Presti handed his top lieutenants notecards with a picture of MacGyver on it.

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Nick Collison Re-Signs With Thunder, Will Retire Following 17-18 Season
Nick Collison has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Thunder.

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Paul George Was Surprised By Trade To Thunder
Sam Presti said the Thunder were risking more if they didn't trade for Paul George.

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Thunder Waiting On Russell Westbrook For Answer On Supermax Extension Offer
Russell Westbrook can become a free agent in 2018 if he doesn't sign the supermax.

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Paul George Describes Interest In Lakers As 'Overstated'
Paul George expressed a lack of interest in joining the Lakers unless other players commit to sign there as well.

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Kevin Durant Endorsed Oklahoma City To Paul George
Paul George has done some due diligence about Oklahoma City and even asked Kevin Durant, about the situation.

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Thunder Agree To One-Year Deal With Raymond Felton
The Thunder had a severe deficiency at backup point guard last season.

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Andre Roberson Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Thunder
Andre Roberson could have signed a four-year deal with the Thunder, but he preferred getting back onto the open market at a younger age.

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Patrick Patterson Agrees To Three-Year, $16.4M Deal With Thunder
Oklahoma City had a major need at power forward.

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Lakers Still Confident Paul George Will Sign In 2018
According to a report, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have already conveyed to Paul George "behind the scenes how he can be the first to experience what they will do" running the Lakers.

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Ty Lawson Receiving Interest From Wolves, Pelicans, Thunder, Kings
Ty Lawson averaged 9.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 25.1 minutes per game over 69 games for the Kings.

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Russell Westbrook Not Expected To Immediately Sign $217M Extension
Russell Westbrook has a standing offer of a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder.

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Carter-Williams Receiving Interest From Rockets, Knicks, Thunder, Pelicans, Hornets
Michael Carter-Williams received a call from the Rockets as free agency opened.

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Pacers Were Offered Gary Harris In Three-Way Paul George Trade
The Pacers were seeking Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and multiple picks from the Celtics.

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Thunder Trade For Paul George From Pacers
The Thunder have traded for Paul George from the Pacers.

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Thunder Interested In Michael Carter-Williams
The Bulls declined to tender a qualifying offer to Michael Carter-Williams in free agency.

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Knicks Identify Sam Presti As Possible Candidate
The Thunder would likely require compensation from the Knicks for allowing Sam Presti out of his contract.

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Thunder Remain Interested In Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay will hold free agent meetings in Austin, Texas.

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Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant
The Thunder could have declined Jerami Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent.

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