Thunder Rumors & News

  • NBA Union Spent $5.4 Million on Audit of Boss Hunter

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23

  • Sources: NBA warned touring stars of participating in events in Manila

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22

  • Why Josh Huestis might become the NBA's first domestic 'draft-and-stash' player

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder announced late Friday afternoon that its NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, will relocate in time for the 2014-15 season, joining their parent club in Oklahoma City. Even on a slow news day, the announcement barely made a ripple locally, never mind nationally. But..." July 20

  • Thunder uncertain of whether or not to wear jersey patch commemorating Seattle’s lone NBA title

    Pro Basketball Talk "So, remember the NBA’s plan to include gold patches on the backs of jerseys commemorating historical championships beginning next season? Sure you do. Well, in addition to not being that great of an idea in the first place due to the fact that over half of the teams in the league will be..." July 19

  • Wizards hire Kevin Durant’s old high school assistant coach

    Pro Basketball Talk "Flip Saunders, when he was coaching the Wizards, hired his son Ryan Saunders to his coaching staff. When Randy Wittman replaced Flip, Ryan remained on Washington’s payroll – until Flip became the Timberwolves’ coach and hired his son in Minnesota. That left the Wizards with a..." July 17

  • Thunder officially announce the signing of Sebastian Telfair

    The Oklahoman "A move that’s been known about for weeks was made official on Tuesday. The Thunder has signed veteran point guard Sebastian Telfair to a one-year non-guaranteed veteran minimum deal. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome Sebastian to the Thunder organization and Oklahoma City..." July 16

  • Adam Silver considering NBA midseason tournament

    SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    The Thunder also will receive the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis. OKC will send Sefolosha, the rights to Giorgos Printezis and cash to ATL

  • NBA seeks a $15 Billion TV rights deal

    The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15

  • Will Durant "go home" to the Wizards in 2016? "LeBron James' triumphant return to Northeast Ohio proved you can go home again, and according to Pro Basketball Talk, there's a chance Kevin Durant could follow the King's lead in the near future. If Durant (a Washington D.C. native) were to leave Oklahoma City when he becomes an unrestricted..." July 15

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Thunder spokesman says Perry Jones has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Procedure was planned. Jones will miss 4-6 weeks.

  • 9d
    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Hearing Detroit on the brink of signing Caron Butler after Butler's postseason run with Oklahoma City.

  • 11d
    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Anthony Morrow has agreed to join the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City a 3-point shooter and depth on the wing. Story coming soon.

  • NBA announces salary cap of $63.065 million

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10

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    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    League source tells me the Thunder, once confident they had a legit chance at Pau, now consider it a long shot to land Gasol

  • Westbrook won't play for Team USA in this summer's World Cup

    Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Westbrook had been part of gold-medal-winning teams in 2010 and '12 in the world championships and Olympics, respectively, and has..." July 07

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Continue to hear OKC is ahead of Miami in Anthony Morrow chase. Along with Pau Gasol, Morrow has been a prime Thunder target in free agency

  • With free agents in a holding pattern, OKC may choose to stick with Andre Roberson

    The Oklahoman "As the Thunder seeks to improve its roster this summer, two things have Oklahoma City stuck in a holding pattern. LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The two biggest fish on the market have effectively paralyzed the Thunder and every team like it. Free agency, in case you haven’t noticed, has..." July 07

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    The checklist to help OKC land Gasol would be Melo staying in New York, Bosh staying in Miami, and LeBron picking Cleveland/Miami.

  • Mitch McGary makes his presence known immediately in summer league

    The Oklahoman "Here’s how long it took Mitch McGary to announce his presence in his summer league debut. Two seconds. On his first possession in the Thunder’s 84-63 loss to Memphis on the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League, the 21st overall pick out of Michigan inbounded the ball from the..." July 06

  • Thunder name Darko Rajakovic assistant coach

    Inside Hoops "The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Darko Rajakovic as assistant coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA D-League affiliate. “Darko’s diverse..." July 06

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Official word on Steven Adams is he has a right shin contusion. He's questionable to return.

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Joakim Noah and the Bulls were in LA to court Pau Gasol today. Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra are up next. Yesterday it was KD and Westbrook

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Bulls and Thunder have emerged as two new top-flight teams in the hunt for Gasol, who has predictably been drawing considerable interest

  • Telfair, Thunder reach agreement

    CSN Northwest "After a one-year hiatus, Sebastian Telfair will make his return to the NBA for the 2014-15 season. The free agent point guard and Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement, league sources informed According to sources that requested to remain anonymous, the terms agreed to..." July 03

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    Ronald Tillery @CAGrizBeat

    L.A. Clippers, Denver, Houston, OKC and Memphis are teams courting Mike Miller, who says Memphis will have final shot at signing him

  • 20d
    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    RT @ESPNSteinLine ESPN sources say Pau Gasol and Mike Miller are indeed among free agents that OKC has engaged with since market opened

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Free agent Thabo Sefolosha has received interest - LAC, DAL, HOU, others - and scheduled meetings, source tells RealGM. No OKC contact yet.

  • Several teams likely to bid on Carter "There is strong mutual interest in Vince Carter's return to the Mavericks, but several playoff teams are expected to express interest in the 37-year-old swingman. The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Toronto Raptors are among the playoff teams seen as potential fits..." June 30

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    Mitch McGary, perfect Oklahoma City player, goes to Thunder with the 21st pick.

    2014 NBA Draft Day Rumors - Live Blog

    PSD Staff Thursday night's draft should be one of the best in recent memory. But more importantly, the draft day rumors should be flying around all day long with dozens of teams looking to move up into the lottery positions. Buckle up! June 26

  • Durant believes LeBron made right move by opting out

    Fox Sports Southwest "LeBron James opted out of his contract earlier this week, making arguably the best player in the NBA an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any team starting July 1. While the news has been talked about in great detail since, reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant doesn't think it is such a big..." June 26

  • Report: Serge Ibaka’s calf improving, will play for Spain in World Cup

    Pro Basketball Talk "If Serge Ibaka had a healthy calf, it is possible the Oklahoma City Thunder make the NBA Finals this season. (And then it is possible they fall to the Heat and change a whole lot of free agency dynamics, but let’s not go that far down the hypothetical yellow brick road.) Ibaka’s calf strain is..." June 25

  • Thunder GM Sam Presti admits ‘good fortune’ was key to OKC’s rebuilding success

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder have emerged as a perennial contender in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to the job that the team’s general manager, Sam Presti, has done in rebuilding the franchise. But even he himself will tell you that luck played an important part in that success. Many have..." June 22

  • Thunder teammate thinks Kevin Durant needs to 'get stronger'

    Fox Sports Southwest "Kevin Durant added his first NBA MVP to his resume this season, but he's still without a championship ring. After another Thunder early playoff exit in the Western Conference finals, teammate Kendrick Perkins has a suggestion how Durant can take another step forward. "I feel like he could..." June 19

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Nick Collison had arthroscopic surgery today on his left knee. He's out 4-6 weeks, and then can return to normal offseason activities.

  • Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder is in the market for a shooting guard. Either by newcomer or oldcomer. Maybe free agent. Maybe trade. Maybe Jeremy Lamb. Maybe Reggie Jackson. But it seems clear that Thabo Sefolosha’s days are over in Oklahoma City. And here’s who the Thunder needs. Someone like Danny Green. I..." June 18

  • What's next for Kevin Durant?

    The Oklahoman "A day after his most sensational season had come to a disappointing end, Kevin Durant was being asked how he’ll return even better. At the time, he didn’t have an exact answer. “It’s something I’m going to figure out,” Durant said. “Some different type of move that I’m going to figure out..." June 18

  • Durant credits Spurs 'system' for Kawhi Leonard's success

    Sporting News "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the newly minted NBA Finals MVP, faced criticism from the regular season MVP before he could even finish his championship cigar. Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored..." June 16

  • Perry Jones III still searching for his niche after two seasons

    The Oklahoman "After two seasons, Perry Jones III is still searching. Searching to find who he is as a player. Searching to find what he does best. Searching to find ways he can bring it with regularity. “There’s a lot of things I can do on the basketball court, and there’s a lot of things I can do with..." June 14

  • Fisher could help bring Durant to Knicks

    ESPN New York "When talking about Kevin Durant's free agency and the possibility of Durant's landing in New York, you have to start here: Every team with cap space is going to be vying for his services in the summer of 2016. You also have to remember this: Durant is extremely loyal to the Oklahoma City..." June 11

  • The Game claims Kevin Durant bet him $20,000 and is lying to not pay up "Kevin Durant is calling B.S. on The Game -- telling TMZ Sports he never agreed to write a $20,000 check if the rapper hit an NBA-distance 3-pointer. The controversy stems from a post Game put on Instagram on Wednesday -- in which he wrote, "Bet Kevin Durant $20,000 that he'd have to donate to..." June 11

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    Dan Devine @YourManDevine

    The last time Derek Fisher made $5 million a year to play: 2009-10.

  • Hasheem Thabeet continued to put in extra work despite shrinking minutes

    The Oklahoman "Just before ducking under a doorway and into NBA offseason oblivion, Hasheem Thabeet, all smiles as usual, thanked the media and wished writers and broadcasters a good summer. “I don’t get to talk very often,” the Thunder’s jovial 7-foot-3 center joked at the conclusion of his exit..." June 10

  • Sources: Fisher finalizing $25 million deal to coach Knicks

    Yahoo! Sports "Derek Fisher is finalizing a five-year, $25 million agreement to become coach of the New York Knicks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. After Knicks president Phil Jackson lost his top coaching candidate, Steve Kerr, to the Golden State Warriors, Fisher became Jackson’s primary target and the..." June 10

  • Sam Presti 'not considering' using the amnesty on Kendrick Perkins

    The Oklahoman "Another Thunder offseason is cranking up, which means a familiar tune is coming from some of the OKC masses: Amnesty Kendrick Perkins. But before the last season of his contract — the last chance OKC can wipe (but still pay) his $9.1 million salary from the books — Thunder GM Sam Presti..." June 08

  • Knicks may revisit Shumpert deal with OKC

    New York Post "The Knicks and Oklahoma City could be linked by more than Derek Fisher’s coaching future. As Fisher mulls his next career step, the Thunder are looking at trading at least one of their late first-round picks, and Knicks president Phil Jackson said he’s looking to obtain a pick for either round..." June 08

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    Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria

    Former UCLA PG @KyleAnderson5 works out for OKC tomorrow and Philly on Monday.

  • Sources: Phil talks to Derek Fisher about Knicks' job

    Yahoo! Sports "New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and his top coaching candidate, Derek Fisher, talked briefly on the telephone Wednesday and plan to reconvene next week, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Jackson expressed his desire to engage Fisher in talks to become the Knicks coach, sources said...." June 06

  • Thunder GM says coach Scott Brooks is coming back for 2014-15 season

    The Oklahoman "In his first public comments since the conclusion of the Thunder’s season, Sam Presti on Thursday ended all speculation surrounding Scott Brooks. The general manager said the coach is coming back. “Scotty, I think, did an excellent job,” Presti said at his annual season-ending news..." June 06

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