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  • Thunder Assistant Coach Monty Williams Says He Still Texts His Late Wife

    Complex "Former NBA player and current NBA assistant coach Monty Williams has shown an incredible amount of strength over the course of the last few months. His wife Ingrid died in a car accident in Oklahoma City in February, and after delivering an amazing eulogy at her memorial service, Williams took..." July 30

  • Kevin Durant: I never told Russell Westbrook I'm staying in OKC

    Yahoo! Sports "Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant refuted a report that he told his ex-Oklahoma City teammates – including Russell Westbrook – that he planned to re-sign with the Thunder. “It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I..." July 29

  • Rivers: Clippers were in Durant's top 3, Griffin was key to pitch

    The Score "Los Angeles Clippers president and coach Doc Rivers says Kevin Durant's camp told him his team was among his top-three choices during free agency this month. The problem: the Clippers were not in Durant's top two. "The first question we asked is 'are we in the top three?' and they said..." July 28

  • A Title Contender Is Supposedly Hoping To Poach Curry If There’s A Rift With Durant

    Uproxx "The newly minted Golden State Warriors superteam has not played one minute on the floor together, but teams are already scheming for their improbable demise. Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson have all said the right things about shared sacrifice for this upcoming season...." July 28

  • Warriors president says waiting list for season tickets at 32,000

    The Undefeated "Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry returned to Oracle Arena on Tuesday night for the first time since losing in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. LeBron James and the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, however, weren’t on the two-time NBA MVP’s mind as he strolled to his courtside seat. While..." July 28

  • ESPN report Durant lied to Westbrook about re-signing with OKC is false

    Sporting News "It sounded too good to be true. Weeks after Kevin Durant made the biggest free-agent move since LeBron James decided to return to the Cavs and left the Thunder to join the rival Warriors, an even juicier tidbit about the signing emerged. According to ESPN's Royce Young, Durant told his running..." July 28

  • Thunder renounce Derek Fisher

    Pro Basketball Talk "Derek Fisher is already stumping for his second head-coaching job. Fisher has done plenty since retiring as a player — getting hired by the Knicks, getting fired by the Knicks and in between being attacked by Matt Barnes and finding another controversy about player relations. All the while,..." July 27

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Draymond Green okay with losing NBA Finals to land Kevin Durant

    Sportsnaut "We all know it. The Golden State Warriors wouldn’t have landed Kevin Durant if they had won the NBA Finals. Draymond Green knows these this is true, so he’s okay with having lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals, now that Durant is on board. Speaking about the events that transpired and..." July 27

  • Enes Kanter blasts writer over Russell Westbrook bashing

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter is looking forward to playing another season alongside Russell Westbrook, and he wants the analysts and talk show hosts who think otherwise to slow their role. During his usual spot on FOX Sports 1’s “Speak for Yourself” this week, Jason McIntyre went..." July 27

  • Kevin Durant Apparently Told Russell Westbrook He Was Returning To The Thunder

    Uproxx "It’s no surprise the relationship between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will never be the same. That was an inevitable consequence of the pair going from teammates to adversaries upon Durant rocking the basketball world by signing with the Golden State Warriors in early July. Time heals..." July 27

  • Cameron Payne Injury Update

    NBA.com "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Cameron Payne underwent a successful procedure today to repair a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti." July 26

  • Brooks happy for Durant, respects Warriors decision

    The Score "In the two years leading up to Kevin Durant's free agency this summer, many expected his hometown Washington Wizards to at least get a meeting with the superstar. Some even theorized that the team's hiring of his former coach Scott Brooks this spring was solely an attempt to lure him home. In..." July 26

  • Waiters says he signed with Heat to have fun, not for the money

    The Score "Fresh off signing with the Miami Heat for $5.93 million over two years - leaving $6.8 million for next season alone on the table in Oklahoma City - Dion Waiters explained his decision to take both a pay cut and his talents to South Beach in an Instagram post Tuesday." July 26

  • Victor Oladipo Looking For Max Extension From Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Victor Oladipo was traded by the Orlando Magic to the Oklahoma City Thunder this offseason just as he became eligible for an extension from his rookie deal." July 26

  • Why Russell Westbrook must decide his long-term future with the Thunder a year early

    SB Nation "As soon as Kevin Durant decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, much of the attention in Oklahoma City turned to the future of Russell Westbrook. We've seen much speculation and many trade rumors in the weeks since Durant's momentous decision, but the star point..." July 26

  • Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

    Yardbarker "When you’re a kid on Halloween, you go out whenever dusk starts to set in and bang on doors using code words for free candy and go on your merry way with every house that has a porch light on. For the most part, you go around a neighborhood or a general area until at some point, you start..." July 26

  • Westbrook doesn't want Thunder to trade him

    ESPN "A few days before Kevin Durant left for the Hamptons, he ate dinner at BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles with Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison. Durant's two longest-tenured teammates were making their pitch, trying to convince the Oklahoma City Thunder's cornerstone player to come back, if only for..." July 26

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder can't wait on Russell Westbrook

    Fox Sports "We're at an impasse. Russell Westbrook is still silent about his future in Oklahoma City -- noncommittal to signing with the team beyond next season, just as he was before Kevin Durant made his decision. Westbrook is a free agent at the end of next season. If he enters that free agency..." July 26

  • Durant's Warriors jersey highest selling in 30 states, including Oklahoma

    The Score "Golden State Warriors jerseys with Kevin Durant's name on the back are a hot commodity in the month of July, despite him seemingly becoming a villain overnight by signing with the 73-win squad. The four-time scoring champion's new jersey sold more than any other player's in the month of the..." July 26

  • Kevin Durant OKC-based restaurant shuts down for name change

    ESPN "Three weeks after Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, the local restaurant bearing his name temporarily shut down Sunday to assume a new identity. Oklahoma-based restaurant group Hal Smith Restaurants, which owns a majority stake in..." July 25

  • Dion Waiters to Miami on 1-year deal

    Las Vegas Sun "Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that the Miami Heat have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with free agent guard Dion Waiters. The two sides came to agreement on Monday. Waiters will make $2.9 million. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the..." July 25

  • Durant says he didn't notice getting booed by L.A. crowd

    The Score "Some elite performers have the ability to completely tune out noise around them. Others simply don't acknowledge negativity. It's not known which camp Kevin Durant is in after he was roundly booed by Los Angeles fans during Team USA's 106-57 crushing of China in a pre-Olympic exhibition game..." July 25

  • Thunder Signs Alex Abrines

    NBA.com "The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard Alex Abrines to a multi-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Abrines was originally selected by the Thunder with the 32nd overall pick..." July 23

  • Kevin Durant: Nobody has said something negative to my face about joining Warriors

    Yahoo! Sports "Kevin Durant started scribbling “Have Fun” at the toes of his sneakers last postseason to remind himself why he started playing basketball – and fell in love with it – any time he looked down because he was too tense or too upset with his performance. Forgetting that simple motivation can be..." July 23

  • Durant 'didn't really notice' 1st time playing with Thompson, Green

    The Score "It was only for a short two-minute span, but for the first time since agreeing to sign with the 73-win Golden State Warriors near the start of free agency, Kevin Durant was on the floor in an actual game with his new teammates in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson for the U.S. men's Olympic..." July 23

  • Kevin Durant jerseys selling for 48 cents at Oklahoma City store

    San Jose Mercury News "Rub two quarters together, hand them over and, viola, you get a Kevin Durant jersey. A store in Oklahoma City sold the former Thunder star's jersey for 48 cents, or 99 percent off the $69.99 tag price, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. Even though Oklahoma is unhappy with Durant for joining..." July 22

  • Remember When Kevin Durant Wasn't a Tupac Fan?

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant now has a giant Tupac tattoo on his left leg. This is something only a giant Tupac fan would have on his body forever. Or so one would think. Durant explained the inspiration for the ink and it’s quite cerebral." July 22

  • Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury. “I was tired. I felt like I..." July 21

  • Bucks reportedly discussed Westbrook trade involving "significant assets," backed off over extension refusal

    Brew Hoop "The Milwaukee Bucks were reportedly among the teams to recently discuss a trade for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, according to Adam Joseph yesterday on Twitter: The Thunder's asking price remains very high, as expected. Although the Bucks have a few highly valuable assets such..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

  • Celtics more likely to land Okafor than Westbrook, Griffin

    The Score "The Boston Celtics have plenty of picks and good players, and they may be looking to part with some assets in order to obtain a great player. While they've been linked to stars like Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin, it's believed the player who's most likely to land in Boston via a..." July 20

  • Thunder's Kanter: I'm getting death threats on Twitter

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter said recently - in Turkish on Twitter - that he's been receiving death threats in the wake of last week's failed coup in his native Turkey. A faction of the Turkish military attempted Friday to overthrow the government led by president Recep Tayyip..." July 20

  • Report: Thunder want to pair Blake Griffin with Westbrook

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing everything they can to avoid slipping into rebuilding mode now that Kevin Durant has left. If they can convince Russell Westbrook to stay beyond the upcoming season, they will try to bring in another superstar to pair with him. The Thunder rescinded their..." July 20

  • Would Nets be interested in Dion Waiters? Doubt it

    Nets Daily "In a bit of a shocker, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Thunder rescinded their free agent rights to Dion Waiters, their free agent shooting guard. And Woj suggested the Nets could be interested. But the Nets haven't had any real interest in Waiters, a 6'4" shooting guard. There were..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant: Lakers are “couple years away from where I wanted to be”

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers chased another star. Once again, that star ran away. This time, the reasons had nothing to do with personality conflicts with teammates, salary or a poor sales pitch in its meeting. Kevin Durant did not grant the Lakers a meeting at all namely because he figured it would be a waste..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant says he stayed in bed for two days after choosing Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant considered the Warriors for months. Golden State players recruited him throughout the season. He met with the Warriors in the Hamptons. He had all the knowledge to make a sound decision, one he could feel good about. And it seemed he did. Choosing Golden State appeared to be..." July 19

  • Durant opens up about free agency, criticism, Westbrook

    USA Today "Two weeks later, we still didn’t have many answers about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City behind and form the NBA’s latest super team with the Golden State Warriors. His introductory news conference in Oakland on July 7 was the kind of controlled spectacle that makes it tough for..." July 19

  • Report: Waiters becomes UFA as Thunder rescind qualifying offer

    The Score "The Oklahoma City Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In so doing, the Thunder renounce their matching rights on Waiters, and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. Wojnarowski speculates that..." July 19

  • Russell Westbrook ‘Ticked Off’ Kevin Durant Left

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook trade rumors dominated the headlines last week as reports came out that the Celtics are a likely destination for the superstar guard. However, Westbrook has not publicly stated that he wants to be anywhere else but OKC. The Thunder front office now face a conundrum: either the..." July 19

  • Examining the tricky case of Russell Westbrook

    The Oklahoman "Back in February 2011, Carmelo Anthony, a soon-to-be free agent, was on the block. He'd made clear his intentions to leave Denver in the offseason. The Nuggets weren't a contender. So a trade seemed to make sense for both sides, finding Carmelo a new home while jumpstarting a Denver..." July 18

  • Alex Abrines has a three-year $18 m. deal with OKC

    EuroHoops.net "Alex Abrines and Oklahoma City Thunder have a deal. The Spanish forward has agreed to terms for a three year contract which will pay him near $18 million in total. Of course with this kind of money, his buy out from Barcelona can be easily covered and he will follow his teammate, Tomas..." July 18

  • Warriors were surprised to nab Kevin Durant

    CBS Sports "Now that the Kevin Durant free-agency dust has settled, let’s be real: did Golden State actually think it could land this offseason’s most coveted player? “Well, I think we had hope,” Warriors President and COO Rick Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We, like every other team,..." July 17

  • Magic's Serge Ibaka says he's safe during attempted military coup in Turkey

    Orlando Sentinel "Serge Ibaka, who is visiting Turkey, reports he and others are “safe” as a military coup is underway in the country. The Orlando Magic big man is in Antalya, Turkey, to support and attend a charity soccer match Saturday organized by Cameroonian professional soccer player Samuel Eto’o. On Friday..." July 16

  • Report: Celtics have not discussed Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin ‘in quite some time’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics continue to be linked to big names, but it sounds like any moves remain far off. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported Thursday that, while the Celtics have had interest in the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, nothing is imminent and no..." July 15

  • Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal

    Real GM Basketball "Randy Foye has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Foye spent the end of last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after a trade from the Denver Nuggets." July 14

  • Andre Iguodala: The Thunder Were the Best Team in NBA Playoffs Last Season

    Complex "Which team was the best team in the NBA Playoffs last season? Was it the Warriors, the team that finished 73-9 during the regular season, or the Cavaliers, the team that beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals after rebounding from a 3-1 series deficit? The obvious answer is the Cavs..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook’s Contract Is Potential Issue For Celtics

    NESN "Any time there’s a chance to acquire a top-five NBA player such as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook via trade, it should be pursued. The Celtics, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, are the “most likely destination” for Westbrook if the Thunder actually decide to move..." July 14