Thunder Rumors & News

  • Kevin Durant Trolls Russell Westbrook, Takes Picture with Cupcakes

    SLAM Online "On the same day that Kevin Durant announced he was leaving the Thunder to sign with the Warriors, Russell Westbrook posted a picture on his Instagram. The picture of cupcakes was reportedly Russell taking a shot at Durant. According to former teammate Kendrick Perkins, Westbrook used a specific..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • Andre Roberson, Taj Gibson say preference is to stay with Thunder

    The Oklahoman "There will be options. Andre Roberson played the best basketball of his career in the Thunder's first-round playoff loss to the Rockets. Taj Gibson is an eight-year NBA veteran with 60 playoff games under his belt. Teams will have interest in Oklahoma City's two most prominent free agents to..." April 27

  • Russell Westbrook Annihilated the Record Books, Hopefully You Appreciated It

    Complex "Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s season has come to an end, but I repeat myself. Their Game 5 105-99 loss to the Houston Rockets—a game that saw Westbrook post 47 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 assists in 42 minutes—brought to a close one of the most spectacular individual seasons..." April 27

  • Rockets dump Thunder to claim series in five games

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Rockets guard Patrick Beverley was the last member of the Houston organization to make his way to the postgame podium to outline the defensive strategy employed against Russell Westbrook, a plan of attack that involved first throwing any number of bodies at the Oklahoma City Thunder..." April 26

  • Westbrook hasn't thought about extension, wants to stay in OKC

    12 Up "Even though the Oklahoma City Thunder have been eliminated from the 2017 NBA playoffs, they should still be excited for next year. The Thunder will look to make another run into the postseason next year, and they will have Russell Westbrook there to start a new triple-double streak...." April 26

  • Thunder’s first offseason move? Offer Westbrook $220 million contract

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook has been eliminated from the playoffs seven times, and the scene each time has been mostly the same. As the clock edges closer to zero, Westbrook flings himself all over the court, running his tank so far past empty that the gauge combusts, and he isn't much more than a puddle..." April 26

  • NHL player calls out Russell Westbrook for dodging handshake line

    Sportsnet "The Houston Rockets’ tumultuous series win over the Oklahoma City Thunder served up a bevy of highlight-reel moments, but it seems the theatrics also cost Russell Westbrook a high-profile fan. Houston finished off the Thunder with a fiery 105-99 win on Tuesday, punctuated by some fireworks from..." April 26

  • Did Russell Westbrook really block a teammates shot to get ball back during Game 5?

    Pro Basketball Talk "Well, this video plays right into the hands of the anti-Westbrook crowd. The knock on Russell Westbrook‘s season-long triple double and MVP candidacy is that he is chasing stats, padding his numbers at the expense of efficiency and making the Thunder a better team. Basically, he’s looking out..." April 26

  • Patrick Beverley: ‘If the NBA won’t protect the players… I have to protect myself’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA fined Patrick Beverley $25,000 for confronting a fan after the Rockets’ Game 3 loss to the Thunder in Oklahoma City on Friday. But he’s not going down quietly. Beverley on the run-ins, which began when he fell into the crowd in the second quarter after being fouled, via Jonathan..." April 25

  • Westbrook: Rockets 'who don't play' were the ones laughing at Roberson

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Rockets bench made a big production when an intentionally fouled Andre Roberson kept missing free throws in the Thunder’s Game 4 loss to the Rockets yesterday. Russell Westbrook stuck up for his teammate. Westbrook: I didn’t see it. I didn’t see it at all. Probably the guys that..." April 24

  • Daryl Morey tweets photo showing apparent missed foul call on Steven Adams

    Larry Brown Sports "The 140-character stun grenades of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey have struck yet again. Morey tweeted out a photo on Monday showing Steven Adams putting James Harden in a chokehold of sorts in an apparent missed foul. The Rockets won Game 4 against the Oklahoma City Thunder on..." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook defends Thunder teammates: 'Don't try to split us up'

    ESPN "Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 4 of the first round of the NBA playoffs. A recurring theme throughout the series has been Oklahoma City's tendency to lose leads when Westbrook sits in the second..." April 24

  • Patrick Beverley: I accept fine, but NBA should address fan behavior

    ESPN "Houston Rockets forward Patrick Beverley says he didn't feel protected by the NBA after a second-quarter incident with a fan in Oklahoma City on Friday night, so after the game he needed to "address the situation before it gets out of hand." On Sunday, Beverley was fined $25,000 by the NBA for..." April 23

  • Rockets' Beverley fined $25K for incident with Thunder co-owner's son

    Bleacher Report "The NBA fined Houston Rockets point guard Patrick Beverley $25,000 for an incident with a fan after his team's defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night, the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reported Sunday. ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne also reported the news. Shelburne noted..." April 23

  • Thunder hang on for first win in series against Rockets

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- Russell Westbrook didn't have to do everything himself Friday night. The Oklahoma City star turned in another triple-double performance in a 115-113 Game 3 win over the Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena, but it wasn't just the Westbrook show over the final 12..." April 22

  • Jerry West compares Russell Westbrook to Michael Jordan

    Sportsnaut "The NBA’s logo, Hall of Famer, and former Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jerry West sang Russell Westbrook’s praises Friday on ESPN. “We’re looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little better in terms of athletic ability,” said West, now a consultant for the Golden State..." April 22

  • Westbrook fined $15K for swearing during media address

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for using inappropriate language during his press conference after the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Wednesday Game 2 loss to the Houston Rockets. Westbrook was clearly upset about the Thunder falling behind 2-0 to the Rockets despite posting a..." April 21

  • Thunder's Donovan has 'enormous' trust in Westbrook

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook has been able to do just about anything he wants this season. He averaged a triple-double, broke Oscar Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles and carried the Thunder to the playoffs despite the loss of Kevin Durant in free agency. Thus far in the playoffs,..." April 21

  • Gordon, Williams help Rockets top Thunder, Westbrook

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook delivered a historic performance in line with so many others produced during the regular season, but there was a measure of late inefficiency that accompanied what he did that proved haunting. Westbrook posted a triple-double of 51 points, 10..." April 20

  • How Russell Westbrook sabotaged the Thunder

    New York Post "Somewhere, Kevin Durant is laughing. And laughing. And probably laughing some more. Russell Westbrook turned in the first 50-point triple-double in NBA playoff history on Tuesday. Along the way, he cost his Oklahoma City Thunder any shot of knocking off the Houston Rockets. For the first 24..." April 20

  • Hakeem Olajuwon: Russell Westbrook ‘trying to do too much’

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook set another NBA triple-double record Wednesday night. But NBA legend Hakeem Olajuwon offered a bit of criticism after the Oklahoma City Thunder star’s exploits failed to spark a victory over the Houston Rockets. “With his poise and control, his game is on a whole different..." April 20

  • The NBA Players Who Are Too Busy Complaining To Get Back On D

    Five Thirty Eight "As someone who each week watches about a dozen NBA games for a living, I have my fair share of pet peeves. Like many fans, I lose my patience with the glitchy League Pass whenever I’m forced to stream a game on my laptop. By the ends of close games, I’ve often lost interest during the 15-minute..." April 20

  • Rockets GM Daryl Morey implies Russell Westbrook tells his teammates to let him grab rebounds

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nylon Calculus posted its annual Anti-Awards, a fun feature that gives statistical dishonors like “The Matt Bullard Award” for “the player 6-foot-10 or taller with the lowest total rebound percentage. (Minimum 500 minutes).” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted at Bullard, who played for..." April 19

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Here Is The BIG3 Basketball League’s Full 10-City Schedule For The Summer

    Uproxx "The BIG3’s full 10-week, 10-city schedule has been released, as the fledgling basketball league filled with former NBA stars like Allen Iverson, Jason Williams, Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups and many more will begin in late June with their inaugural games at the Barclays Center in..." April 18

  • Oladipo puts in film study after shooting struggles

    The Oklahoman "For Victor Oladipo, it's a nightly ritual.... After every game — win or loss, hot shooting or cold — the Thunder guard reviews film, first watching his own possessions, then the game as a whole. After Sunday's 118-87 Game 1 loss to the Rockets in the Western Conference playoffs, the film..." April 18

  • Beverley, Harden carry Rockets to rout of Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- Postseason series tend to morph over time as teams scheme, adjust and then re-adjust to fit the terms of engagement. But what the Houston Rockets managed on Sunday night ran contrary to what anyone could have anticipated. Buoyed by the all-around tenacity of guard Patrick Beverley..." April 17

  • Russell Westbrook: Friendship with James Harden on hold during game

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook and James Harden are close. Their relationship goes back way before their Oklahoma City days, when they were teammates from 2009 to '12. But their friendship takes a back seat when they step on the court this week. At least in Westbrook's eyes. "When I get on the floor, I..." April 17

  • Steven Adams: Thunder bigs ‘played trash’ in loss to Rockets

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t clean things up in a hurry, the Houston Rockets are going to make very quick work of them in the Western Conference quarterfinals. According to starting center Steven Adams, the improvement needs to start with him. Following his team’s 118-87 loss, Adams put..." April 17

  • Did Billy Donovan tell Mo Cheeks he “can’t play Kanter?” Sure looks like it.

    Pro Basketball Talk "Enes Kanter came off the bench for the Thunder Sunday and played 16:29 minutes, scoring eight points and grabbing three rebounds. That’s five minutes, six points and almost four rebounds off his average. Kanter is a good offensive big man, but it’s no secret he gets exposed when he has to move..." April 17

  • Thunder will likely play Russell Westbrook more minutes in playoffs

    ESPN "The Thunder were disciplined in managing Russell Westbrook's workload and minute distribution throughout the regular season, but head coach Billy Donovan says Westbrook's minutes will increase in the postseason. "Yes, I do see his minutes going up in the playoffs," Donovan said. "But I see a..." April 16

  • Kanter: Westbrook made Thunder teammates better, more 'Russ-er'

    The Player's Tribune "So I broke my arm. You may have heard about it. And if you haven’t heard about it, well, then … I’m sorry I brought it up. Because this injury, to be honest, it was not a smart one. It was in late January, during a home game against the Mavericks, in the heat of the moment. I saw this..." April 15

  • Nuggets win finale against Thunder

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- If not for a 35-foot last-second 3-pointer by Russell Westbrook, the Denver Nuggets would have entered the final game of the regular season with a shot at reaching the postseason. Unfortunately for Denver, when they faced Oklahoma City for the second time in four days,..." April 13

  • Thunder Never Considered Russell Westbrook Trade While Waiting For Extension Decision

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder fielded trade calls last summer for Russell Westbrook when he considered whether or not to sign a contract extension but never remotely considered moving forward with a move. The Thunder needed to wait for an answer from Westbrook on the extension. Westbrook would..." April 13

  • Eight players looking to cash in during NBA playoffs

    Sportsnaut "Around this time last season, Bismack Biyombo was just a second-string center for the Toronto Raptors. Brought to Toronto for one year at $2.8 million, Biyombo was likely to decline his player option at the end of the season, but he wasn’t in line for much of a raise. After all, who would shell..." April 13

  • NBA GMs looking to tweak contract buyout and waiver process

    Fanrag Sports "A majority of general managers in the NBA are urging the league to begin a dialogue on possible tweaks to the in-season contract buyout and waiver process, according to a report from The Vertical. Among front office and personnel, there’s an ongoing worry regarding the buyout process. The..." April 13

  • Oladipo jumper lifts Thunder past Timberwolves

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Minus Russell Westbrook and two other starters, the playoff-bound Oklahoma City Thunder still had enough to handle the perennial lottery-destined Minnesota Timberwolves. Victor Oladipo scored 20 points, including the game-winning jumper with 6 seconds left, as Oklahoma City..." April 11

  • Russell Westbrook to sit out game against Timberwolves

    Sporting News "Thunder star Russell Westbrook is taking a well-deserved break Tuesday night against the Timberwolves, OKC coach Billy Donovan announced Tuesday. "He's been unbelievable the way he's played, the way he's led," Donovan said. "Sitting down and talking to him, talking to the medical staff, this..." April 11

  • Westbrook, LeBron & CP3 Have Disdain for Curry, Book Claims

    The Big Lead "In the midst of Cleveland’s historic NBA Finals rally from a 3-1 deficit against Golden State in 2016, this happened in Game 6: An uncharacteristic moment of trash talk from LeBron to the 2-time MVP, Stephen Curry. Friends talk trash all the time, and make no mistake, LeBron and Curry were..." April 11

  • Only one of Warriors’ Big Four missed the cut in NBA’s 15 most popular jerseys

    Fox Sports "When it comes to selling merchandise, popularity matters. That’s the case in the NFL and MLB, and it’s certainly true in the NBA. That’s part of the reason Stephen Curry has dominated jersey sales for quite a while now. His reign of having the most popular jersey in the league continued this..." April 11

  • Thunder GM: Kevin Durant departure has made Russell Westbrook better

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti thinks Russell Westbrook is getting better, and his new role as the undisputed leader of the franchise is a reason why. After Westbrook broke the single-season record for triple-doubles, Presti noted that, in his mind, his star guard is still..." April 10

  • Westbrook breaks triple-double record, hits winning shot

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Russell Westbrook chased history all season, and with another incredible performance, the Oklahoma City guard set himself apart from the rest of the NBA. Westbrook capped his record-setting 42nd triple-double with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Thunder rallied to..." April 09

  • Westbrook fails to set record in loss to Suns

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook put his name in the NBA record books once on Friday. But a miserable shooting start and an inspired effort from the Phoenix Suns kept him from authoring any further rewrites. Westbrook fell short of setting the NBA record for..." April 08

  • Westbrook denies chasing stats: 'If I wanted to get 10 assists, I can get 10 assists'

    CBS Sports "As unimaginably impressive as Russell Westbrook’s season has been, it has certainly come with a lot of controversy. After nearly every game, triple-double or not, Westbrook deals with reporters asking him whether he’s chasing stats or not. The most consistent question has come about his..." April 08

  • Booker 'took it personally' hearing Suns fans cheering for Westbrook

    Arizona Republic "Devin Booker took ownership Friday night. With the home crowd behind Russell Westbrook's pursuit of history, the Suns second-year guard stole the moment, taking over and sending a message. Late in the fourth quarter, as he dribbled on the left wing, the Talking Stick Resort Arena crowd booed...." April 08

  • Russell Westbrook secures triple-double average for the entire season

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook started slow against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night, but he heated up in the second half to etch his name in NBA history. With his sixth assist of the night — and 820th of the season — Westbrook locked up a triple-double average for the season, joining Oscar Robertson..." April 08

  • NBA ProJects $101MM Salary Cap Next Season

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s latest salary cap projection for the 2017/18 season is now $101MM, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical. That’s an increase of nearly $7MM over this season’s cap of $94.1MM but lower than previous projections. The tax level is projected to rise $8MM to $121MM next season,..." April 07

  • Westbrook just misses record as Thunder beat Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook admitted he didn't know in the closing minute of Wednesday night's victory over the Memphis Grizzlies that he needed one rebound to break an NBA record that has stood for 55 years. Then several of the more vocal members of the crowd..." April 06

  • Russell Westbrook falls one rebound short of history

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook tied Oscar Robertson for the most triple-doubles in one season with his 41st such game of the year Tuesday night in the Thunder’s blowout victory over the Bucks. Wednesday night, Westbrook and the Thunder were right back at it, traveling to Memphis to take on the Grizzlies on the..." April 06