Thunder Rumors & News

  • Paul gets hurt, but Clippers clobber Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- An inside job allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to pull a heist on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday. Despite losing point guard Chris Paul in the first half, the Clippers didn't miss a beat in pounding the Thunder 120-98 at Staples Center. DeAndre Jordan collected 19..." January 17

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • Westbrook, Kanter propel Thunder past Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Oklahoma City Thunder received all the elements they usually have in a victory: Russell Westbrook put up another triple-double and Enes Kanter provided superlative play off the bench. But it was the contribution of Victor Oladipo and two rookies down the stretch and..." January 16

  • Towns' double-double carries Timberwolves past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Facing a four-game homestand with three of the top teams in the Western Conference visiting Minnesota, the Timberwolves had a tough road trying to climb from the bottom of the standings. Three straight wins have propelled Minnesota ahead and the young Timberwolves are gaining..." January 13

  • Westbrook's 18th triple-double carries Thunder past Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "By Michael Kinney, The Sports Xchange OKLAHOMA CITY -- When Russell Westbrook strutted into the Chesapeake Energy Arena Wednesday afternoon, the Oklahoma City guard may have been sending a message to his team. Wearing a bright red Judas Priest t-shirt could have been a gentle reminder to..." January 11

  • Russell Westbrook Asked Kevin Durant What He Could Do To Keep Him In OKC

    Dime Magazine "You can’t change the past, and in many cases, you don’t have much control over the future, either. It’s becoming increasingly-clear that there was little Russell Westbrook, or anybody else for that matter, could’ve done to convince Kevin Durant to stay in Oklahoma City last summer. His mind was..." January 10

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • With Butler ill, Bulls look sick against Westbrook, Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- The anticipated matchup between Russell Westbrook and Jimmy Butler fizzled, but Westbrook upheld his end of the bargain Monday night at the United Center. Westbrook sizzled to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 109-94 win against the Chicago Bulls, finishing one rebound shy of..." January 09

  • Westbrook's triple-double carries Thunder past Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- It is easy for opponents of the Oklahoma City Thunder to get caught up in the glitz and fury of Russell Westbrook. When he is knocking down 3-pointers, throwing down dunks and skying over big men for rebounds, all eyes are on the fiery point guard. But when the Thunder..." January 07

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Harden gets last laugh as Rockets top Westbrook, Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "By MoiseKapenda Bower, The Sports Xchange HOUSTON -- Russell Westbrook repeatedly had his way with the Rockets defense, torching it to the tune of a Toyota Center scoring record for an opponent before three late misses set the table for James Harden to play the role of facilitator at the..." January 05

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • Russell Westbrook apologizes to official for throwing ball at him

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook said following the Oklahoma City Thunder's 123-112 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday that hitting referee Tre Maddox with the basketball was unintentional and that he would "never, ever disrespect the game like that." With 3:13 left in the first quarter, Westbrook..." January 05

  • Hornets figure out how to defeat Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- When a team shoots 49 free throws, it has a good chance of winning. That's precisely what the Charlotte Hornets did on Wednesday night, and the result was a 123-112 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Spectrum Center. The Hornets had five fewer field goals..." January 04

  • Bucks take down Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Just about anyone who even remotely follows the National Basketball Association knows what Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook can do, but people still are learning about the talents of Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo. Westbrook put forth his usual contributions..." January 02

  • Westbrook, Thunder overpower Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- It can easily be said that this year is all about the triple-double for Russell Westbrook. Every night the Oklahoma City point guard takes the court, the league is on triple-double alert. So it is no surprise that on the final day of 2016, Westbrook posted his 16th..." December 31

  • David Fizdale shares great pre-draft story about Russell Westbrook, Michael Beasley

    Larry Brown Sports "Had NBA scouts known eight years ago what they know now about Russell Westbrook, it’s possible the Oklahoma City Thunder star would have been the top overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. And if the story Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale told this week is true, teams should have seen it..." December 30

  • Russell Westbrook blasts refs after ejection, says he's treated differently than other players

    Sporting News "Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook didn't get to finish his team's 114-80 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday after picking up two technical fouls in succession in the third quarter and earning an ejection. Westbrook said after the game he is fed up with what he sees as harsh treatment by..." December 30

  • Westbrook ejected as Grizzlies blast Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The streak continues ... with an assist. For the 176th consecutive regular-season game, the Memphis Grizzlies denied the opponent a triple-double. This opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder, has a player, Russell Westbrook, averaging a triple-double, but he departed early in..." December 29

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Thunder beat Heat behind Westbrook's 15th triple-double of season

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- For the Oklahoma City Thunder, outlet passes are as outdated as typewriters and pay phones. Who needs outlet passes when you have point guard Russell Westbrook grabbing a season high-tying 17 rebounds -- all of them on the defensive end -- and beating everyone down court?..." December 27

  • Did Russell Westbrook troll Kevin Durant again? He adamantly says no

    CBS Sports "He may not want to talk about Kevin Durant anymore, but Russell Westbrook seems to enjoy throwing subtle shade at his former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate. However, those days may be behind him now. While wrapping up his pregame warm-up before playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves on..." December 26

  • Westbrook (who else?) leads Thunder past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The numbers Russell Westbrook has been putting up this year have caught the NBA by storm. Almost every night out, he is being mentioned with the likes of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan as far as records being broken. But it wasn't the statistics that stood..." December 25

  • Westbrook's 14th triple-double lifts Thunder past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Two of the best guards in the NBA put on a show Friday night at TD Garden. Russell Westbrook wound up the winner in what amounted to a personal showdown with Isaiah Thomas. Westbrook, adjusting quite well to life without Kevin Durant, registered his 14th triple-double of the..." December 23

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Westbrook pours in 42 points to lead Thunder past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- NBA scoring leader Russell Westbrook was looking for a little help from some friends, and he got everything he wanted and more in Oklahoma City's 121-110 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night at the Smoothie King Center. Westbrook torched the Pelicans with 42..." December 21

  • Russell Westbrook could sign $219 million extension

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA’s new CBA has clauses that will allow Russell Westbrook and James Harden to take advantage of the terms of the new deal, according to a report. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Westbrook and Harden’s contract extensions will be grandfathered into the new deal..." December 21

  • Schroder, Millsap help Hawks hold off Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Atlanta Hawks did not find out until 36 minutes before their game with the Oklahoma City Thunder that they would be without one-third of their big three. Dwight Howard had to sit out with back spasms and left a giant hole in the middle of the Hawks defense...." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020

    Fox Sports "The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a..." December 20

  • Craig Sager’s Memorial Service Was A Collection Of Painfully Beautiful Moments And Tributes

    Uproxx "Craig Sager’s memorial service was held in Atlanta on Monday. His family and friends from decades of covering sports came out to say goodbye, including his long-time co-worker and friend Ernie Johnson, who delivered a touching tribute to Sager in the form of a poem. NBA TV aired the service..." December 20

  • Oladipo won't require surgery, says Donovan

    The Oklahoman "Thunder guard Victor Oladipo missed his fourth consecutive game Monday with a right wrist sprain. Oladipo went through limited drills in pregame, passing and dribbling only with his left hand. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder hasn't played since injuring the wrist in a hard fall against Boston on..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • Cameron Payne could return before end of month

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder’s backcourt depth behind Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo is virtually nonexistent, but it might not be that way for too much longer. According to a report by Chris B. Haynes of ESPN on Saturday, Thunder point guard Cameron Payne, who has missed the entire season..." December 19

  • Russell Westbrook explains his incredible ‘Shammgod’ play

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook left fans spellbound with a beautiful move in the fourth quarter of the Thunder’s win over the Suns on Saturday. Westbrook was being guarded by Devin Booker when he got a screen and dribbled to the free throw line. Then he completely stunned Tyler Ulis with an amazing..." December 18

  • Westbrook records another tirple-double in win vs. Suns

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Before his Phoenix Suns took the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder, coach Earl Watson was asked how to stop Russell Westbrook. All he could say was if there was an answer to that question, there would be no need to ask it anymore. As if on cue, Westbrook then proceeded..." December 17

  • Hood returns, propels Jazz past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- After missing a pair of games with a hamstring strain, Rodney Hood worried about finding his offensive rhythm. It didn't take long for him and the Utah Jazz to get into a groove. Hood scored 25 points and made five 3-pointers to lead the Jazz to a 109-89 victory over the..." December 15

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65. Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading. He got his start in television as..." December 15

  • Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration. Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The..." December 15

  • New CBA rule could help Thunder sign Russell Westbrook long-term

    The Oklahoman "On Wednesday, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association tentatively agreed on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for seven years. The two sides have reportedly extended its date to opt out of the current CBA from Thursday to Jan. 13, but a new deal is expected to get signed,..." December 15

  • Russell Westbrook: Triple-double talk 'getting on my nerves'

    ABC7 "Russell Westbrook, theOklahoma City Thunder's historically prolific point guard, is sick and tired of hearing and talking about triple-doubles. Westbrook failed to notch a triple-double for the third consecutive game in the Thunder's 109-89 loss Wednesday to the Utah Jazz, which qualifies as..." December 15

  • From players' perspective, warm reaction to new work agreement

    ESPN "While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesday's news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA..." December 15

  • NBA and players association have one month to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

    Sports Day "The NBA and its players have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that still needs to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The league announced the tentative agreement Wednesday night, one day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the..." December 15