Thunder Rumors & News

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • Westbrook's 35th triple-double lifts Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Philadelphia coach Brett Brown almost thanked the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Despite his 76ers losing 122-97 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Brown seemed in awe of the lesson the Thunder taught his young squad. "I think it's a fantastic example for our..." March 22

  • NBA takes wrong approach to scheduling issue

    USA Today "There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might..." March 22

  • Steve Kerr, Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich agree rest unrest fixable

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he would be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance. "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own..." March 22

  • Thompson, Curry carry Warriors past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Golden State's Klay Thompson loves playing in Oklahoma City. Thunder fans remember all the way back to Game 6 of last season's Western Conference finals when he singlehandedly sank the home team with a barrage of 3-pointers. Thompson had a deja vu type performance..." March 21

  • Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry Speak on Scuffle That Broke Out Between Thunder and Warriors

    Complex "The Warriors/Thunder game in Oklahoma City on Monday night wasn’t much of a game at all. Golden State knocked off OKC 111-95 behind 34 points from Klay Thompson and 23 points from Steph Curry to complete a season sweep of Russell Westbrook & Co. And the intensity inside of Chesapeake Energy Arena..." March 21

  • Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry deny Warriors upset with how OKC handled Durant's return

    ESPN "The Warriors' Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry disputed an ESPN report that Golden State was furious about the inactivity from Thunder leadership leading up to Kevin Durant's first return visit to Oklahoma City on Feb. 11. Sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the Warriors were of the mindset that..." March 20

  • Warriors furious over Durant's treatment in OKC return

    ESPN "Kevin Durant will enter Chesapeake Arena as a visitor for the second time Monday, and even though he'll be sidelined with a knee injury, he most likely still won't get the welcome back treatment. The Golden State Warriors organization was furious and bewildered about the inactivity from..." March 20

  • Billy Donovan is 'committed' to OKC, not interested in leaving NBA for NCAA jobs

    CBS Sports "As we’ve seen with Brad Stevens in recent weeks , NBA coaches with NCAA experience are always going to be floated around as potential options when a high-profile college job opens up. Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the latest to experience this song and dance, as his name has been..." March 20

  • Westbrook, McDermott pace Thunder in rout of Kings

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- On March 7, Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 58 points for Oklahoma City. It was one of the best individual performances the NBA has seen this season. However, the Thunder lost that game as the team stretched its skid to four games at that point. Since then, the..." March 18

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey Throws Shade at Russell Westbrook's NBA MVP Candidacy

    Complex "The fight for the 2016-17 NBA MVP is one of the most hotly-contested individual award races in recent memory. A number of players have a reasonable claim on the league's top honor, and it may very well come down to which player finishes the season strongest. Russell Westbrook has as good a case..." March 18

  • Russell Westbrook’s wife fires back at Kevin Durant’s brother

    Larry Brown Sports "The war of words continues between Team Durant and Team Westbrook. A day after Kevin Durant’s older brother Tony sent a couple of tweets that appeared to shade Russell Westbrook for chasing triple-doubles (which you can read here), Westbrook’s wife Nina got in on the fun Friday and clapped back..." March 18

  • Westbrook's 34th triple-double leads Thunder past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Russell Westbrook did what he does best by posting yet another triple-double in a dominating performance. He had plenty of help from his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates in a 123-102 dismantling of the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. "I thought we did a good job..." March 16

  • Russell Westbrook on Stephen Curry's MVP prediction: 'Who's he?'

    USA Today "Earlier this week, the reigning, back-to-back NBA MVP Stephen Curry picked James Harden over Russell Westbrook to be this season's MVP because, based on the history of the award, you "have to reward the better team, I would think, record wise." The better team Curry was referring to? Harden's..." March 16

  • Westbrook's 33rd triple-double leads Thunder past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For a moment, there was almost unilateral confusion among the Oklahoma City Thunder players. Russell Westbrook grabbed a defensive rebound with 4:40 left in the fourth quarter and 13,911 in Barclays Center erupted before rising to their feet for a standing ovation. "They..." March 14

  • Report: Taj Gibson 'absolutely' would've left Bulls in free agency if they didn't trade him

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last year, the Bulls kept Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol – both on expiring contracts – past the trade deadline with the apparent intent of re-signing them. Noah (Knicks) and Gasol (Spurs) walked in free agency, leaving Chicago with no return. The Bulls didn’t fall into the same trip this year. The..." March 14

  • Russell Westbrook isn’t only reason Thunder haven’t imploded

    New York Post "When Dwight Howard was traded from Orlando after the 2011-12 season, the Magic went from a team with a run of six straight playoff appearances, including the Finals in 2009, to a team that has not sniffed the postseason again. The Cavaliers fell from a 61-win team with LeBron James to a 19-victory..." March 14

  • Warriors, Clippers, OKC among 8 teams that should jump at signing Omri Casspi

    CBS Sports "Free agent forward Omri Casspi has been cleared to resume basketball-related activities after breaking his thumb on Feb. 23, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly among the playoff teams interested in signing him. Casspi, 28, suffered the..." March 14

  • USA TODAY Sports survey: NBA executives split on 4-person MVP race

    USA Today "Rest easy, NBA media folks. We aren’t the only ones who can’t seem to agree on this MVP race. The front office experts – guys who build rosters, run teams and scout talent for a living – are just as split as those of us who will ultimately decide the winner. One night it’s Russell..." March 14

  • Russell Westbrook passes Wilt Chamberlain for 2nd on single-season triple-doubles list

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook passed Wilt Chamberlain for the second-most triple-doubles in one season Saturday, putting up 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in less than 20 minutes for his 32nd triple-double of the season as Oklahoma City raced out to a 20-point lead against the Utah Jazz. Westbrook..." March 12

  • Westbrook's 32nd triple-double leads Thunder over Jazz

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook really doesn't like to talk about his triple-doubles. Whether the Oklahoma City point guard is being modest or would just rather focus on the team, he won't elaborate in how much his triple-doubles are affecting his team's success. But it was hard for his..." March 11

  • Russell Westbrook Posts Historic 31st Triple-Double

    SLAM Online "This is really for real. Russell Westbrook is almost through a historic regular season. His name now belongs in the same sentences as Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain. Tonight, with his 31st triple-double of the season, the Brodie tied up with Wilt for the second most in a single season...." March 10

  • Thunder top Spurs; Westbrook matches Wilt

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The San Antonio Spurs came into Thursday night as one of the hottest teams in the league. Riding a nine-game winning streak, they had crept to within a game and a half of the best record in the NBA. However, waiting on the Spurs in Oklahoma City was a squad thirsty for a..." March 09

  • Blazers overcome Thunder, Westbrook's 58 points

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Portland knew they would be seeing a Russell Westbrook with fire in his eyes. With Oklahoma City riding a three game losing streak, it was inevitable that Westbrook was going to throw on the cape and pull out a Superman type performance. However, the Trail Blazers had..." March 07

  • Rising Mavs shoot down slumping Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- Lately, it's getting harder to tell the Dallas Mavericks and playoff teams apart. The Mavericks knocked off another unit destined for the postseason by rolling over the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-89 Sunday night at American Airlines Center. Seth Curry scored 22 points two..." March 06

  • Mark Cuban doesn't think Westbrook is MVP candidate

    SI "Russell Westbrook has been tearing up the NBA this season, but Mark Cuban remains unimpressed. When asked who he thought deserved to win MVP this year, Cuban left Westbrook's name out of the mix. He said the Thunder star still would need to win 50 games in a season and win a playoff series in..." March 06

  • Westbrook's 48 points wasted in Thunder loss to Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Another big scoring night and near-triple-double by Russell Westbrook was trumped by a balanced attack from the scrappy Phoenix Suns. Eric Bledsoe led six Suns in double figures with 18 points and Phoenix overcame a 48-point, 17-rebound, nine-assist effort from Westbrook to beat..." March 04

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says All-Star Game needs 'reset'

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that changes will come to the league's All-Star Game next year. Chris Paul, the National Basketball Players Association president, called Silver to discuss changing the league's showcase game shortly after the Western Conference raced past the Eastern..." March 04

  • Nurkic powers Blazers past Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- There is a new man in the middle for Portland, and the Trail Blazers like what they are seeing. He is Jusuf Nurkic, the 7-foot, 280-pound center who came to Portland in a deal with the Denver Nuggets at the trade deadline. In his fifth game with the Blazers and his..." March 03

  • Plane truth: Thunder forward Gibson has fear of flights

    The Oklahoman "This week marks Taj Gibson's first road swing with the Thunder, and his new teammates are due to learn what fellow former Chicago Bull Doug McDermott already knew. “Scared of flying,” said McDermott, who was traded with Gibson to the Thunder last week. “It's hilarious.” Despite a high school..." March 02

  • 11-year-old fan sends letters to all 30 NBA teams urging them to draft her favorite player

    SI "Monmouth senior Justin Robinson is the leading scorer in the MAAC, but at 5'8" he’ll need a little extra help to make it to the NBA. That’s where 11-year-old Monmouth fan Erica Schaeffer comes in. The Schaeffers are season ticket holders and Robinson is Erica’s favorite player. When her..." March 02

  • Thunder sign Norris Cole

    Inside Hoops "The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard Norris Cole, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed. Cole (6-2, 175), a two-time NBA Champion, owns career averages 7.1 points, 2.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and..." March 01

  • Westbrook's 30th triple-double leads Thunder over Jazz

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook continued his assault on the record books Tuesday when his Oklahoma City squad took on the Utah Jazz. The All-Star point guard racked up his 30th triple-double of the season as the Thunder knocked off the Jazz 109-106 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena...." February 28

  • Thunder To Sign Norris Cole

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have reached an agreement on a rest-of-season deal with free agent point guard Norris Cole, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. Oklahoma City had opened up a spot on its roster at the trade deadline when the club sent three players to Chicago and received just two in return, so no..." February 28

  • Thunder benefit from Westbrook's 29th triple-double

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook has the ability to hurt opposing teams in a variety of ways. But regardless of which way the Oklahoma City point guard chooses to rip apart clubs, the foundation is his aggressive nature. This was on display Friday when he scored 21 points in the fourth..." February 26

  • Westbrook, Thunder too strong for Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Alex Abrines knew there was a chance he'd get his first start of the season for Oklahoma City. With Victor Oladipo ailing, Abrines was the next man up. However, what the rookie didn't expect was to post a career-high 19 points to help the Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers..." February 24

  • Bulls pushed hard to acquire Thunder's Roberson

    The Oklahoman "Trade speculation swirled all day. Andre Roberson went about Thursday like it was just another one. You wouldn’t think by the scene. With hours to go before the 2 p.m. trade deadline, Roberson emerged from an office and hugged at least three Thunder staffers. He disappeared out of sight into..." February 24

  • Bulls send Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson to Thunder

    SI "The Bulls are nearing an agreement to send Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder in exchange for a package including Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. McDermott, 25, is in his second year and averaging..." February 23

  • Taj Gibson Trade Rumors: Thunder Reportedly Targeting Bulls PF

    Bleacher Report "Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson is on the Oklahoma City Thunder's list of potential targets ahead of the NBA's trade deadline Thursday at 3 p.m. ET. Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Thunder are a team to watch in the final hours before the trade window closes, and Gibson is a player who..." February 23

  • With less than 24 hours left, NBA trade deadline heats up

    KSL "We're not under 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. Here's what's going on with the Jazz and around the NBA. Derrick Favors trade looks unlikely Monday, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Jazz have tested the market for Derrick Favors, seeing what kind of interest there is in the Jazz's..." February 22

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Clippers, Thunder reportedly pushing for Wilson Chandler

    CBS Sports "The Clippers have been riddled with injuries (as usual), and it’s no secret that Russell Westbrook needs some help in Oklahoma City, so it makes sense that both teams would be looking to add a piece at the trade deadline. That piece, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, could be..." February 19

  • Mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook ‘sisters for life’

    Larry Brown Sports "The mothers of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook posed for a pretty perfect photo during NBA All-Star Weekend. Much of the talk leading up to this year’s festivities in New Orleans has been about the reuniting of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the Western Conference squad. Westbrook..." February 19

  • KD wasn't happy to be announced as 'OKC's own'

    USA Today "Kevin Durant has been having an interesting couple weeks. Last weekend, he played in Oklahoma City for the first time since joining the Warriors, and on Sunday he’ll play in the All-Star Game on the same team as Russell Westbrook — something a lot of people, including Draymond Green’s mom, are..." February 19

  • Durant declares Westbrook NBA's best in-game dunker

    CSN Bay Area "For the first time since Kevin Durant chose the Golden State Warriors in free agency, he will be back on the same team as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Duarnt and Westbrook played together for eight seasons in Oklahoma City from the 2008-09..." February 18

  • Westbrook prefers talking fashion over Durant

    ESPN "Neither Russell Westbrook nor Kevin Durant were interested at Friday's All-Star media availability in talking about their relationship and how a weekend of being teammates again will play out. Westbrook avoided every Durant related question by redirecting his answer to talk about..." February 17

  • James Harden on Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook feud: ‘I don’t understand what is going on’

    Sportsnaut "James Harden, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will all be teammates once again when the All-Star Game tips off in New Orleans on Sunday. The three former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates were part of one of the most-talented non-championship teams in recent NBA history from 2010-12. Now, they..." February 17

  • Kendrick Perkins 'wouldn't be surprised' if Kevin Durant returned to Thunder

    CBS Sports "Kendrick Perkins visited his old stomping grounds on Wednesday, attending the Oklahoma City Thunder’s shootaround and watching them beat the New York Knicks 106-105 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. In an interview with The Oklahoman, he said that he was surprised that his former teammate Kevin Durant..." February 17

  • Kerr won't say if he'll play Durant with Westbrook in All-Star Game

    ESPN "Golden State coach Steve Kerr isn't ready to reveal whether he plans to play Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook alongside Kevin Durant and the Warriors' other three All-Stars in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game. "I've definitely considered it," Kerr told ESPN Radio on Thursday. "The only thing..." February 17

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