Thunder Rumors & News

  • Serge Ibaka: ‘I never asked to be traded’ from Oklahoma City

    Larry Brown Sports "The prevailing narrative surrounding Serge Ibaka this summer seems to be one of a disgruntled big man who was bothered by a marginalized role and wanted out of Oklahoma City, either via trade or via free agency next summer. But Ibaka insists that this wasn’t the case. In a feature for Sports..." August 30

  • Thunder To Acquire Joffrey Lauvergne From Nuggets

    Hoops Rumors "The Nuggets and Thunder have agreed to terms on a trade, according to reports from Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post and Adrian Wojnarwoski of The Vertical (Twitter links). Per Dempsey and Wojnarowski, Denver has agreed to send Joffrey Lauvergne to Oklahoma City in exchange for two future..." August 30

  • Warriors will play Durant at PF, 'expect a lot' from him defensively

    CSN Bay Area "Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams is practically rubbing his hands. His eyes are lighting up. With camp about a month away, his mind is spinning with creative ideas, inventive ways to use Kevin Durant. On defense, that is. “Ron can’t wait,” Leah Adams, wife of the veteran assistant, tells..." August 30

  • Enes Kanter offers support following death in Dwyane Wade’s family

    The Oklahoman "This past season, the Thunder organization experienced a myriad of tragedies. It's no surprise that its players are quick to support others who experience them as well. Nykea Aldridge, a cousin of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, was killed Friday by gunfire in Chicago. Aldridge, a 32-year-old..." August 29

  • Steven Adams' logo is a basketball with a mustache

    The Score "Steven Adams is a man with a brand. The Oklahoma City Thunder center has the perfect logo for the basketball camps he's been running over the past few days in his native New Zealand. " August 28

  • Billy Donovan Narrates Kevin Durant’s Meeting With Thunder, Says Durant Was "Very, Very Honest"

    Complex "Billy Donovan spoke extensively on Kevin Durant’s whirlwind free agency for the first time during an appearance on The Vertical Podcast With Woj. Durant spurned Oklahoma City, the organization for which he had played for his first nine years in the NBA, and signed with rival Golden..." August 27

  • Does Jordan's Russell Westbrook ad throw shade on Kevin Durant?

    Yardbarker "If you ask Oklahoma City Thunder fans, Kevin Durant ran from a challenge when he jumped ship and signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer. A new Jordan ad featuring Russell Westbrook appears to capitalize on that sentiment." August 27

  • Donovan: I think Westbrook and Durant had a good relationship

    The Oklahoman "On Friday, The Vertical posted a podcast with Thunder coach Billy Donovan in which he discussed a range of OKC-related topics, from the Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant relationship to Serge Ibaka wanting an expanded role offensively. After Durant left for Golden State, reports surfaced from a..." August 27

  • Aubrey McClendon used Thunder ownership stake as collateral for loans before death

    Pro Basketball Talk "One day after he was indicted for oil and gas conspiracy, Thunder minority owner Aubrey McClendon died in a single-car crash. Now, his ownership stake could be tied up in court. Ryan Dezember And Kevin Helliker of The Wall Street Journal: Collapsing oil prices in late 2014 strained the..." August 26

  • Thunder coach Donovan says he was optimistic after Kevin Durant meeting

    CBS Sports "Billy Donovan did not go as far as saying that he thought Kevin Durant would definitely re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency, but the coach told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski that he felt good about their chances after their meeting. From The Vertical Podcast: "I don't..." August 26

  • Billy Donovan discusses how he managed Serge Ibaka's desire for an expanded role

    The Oklahoman "Thunder coach Billy Donovan touched on a variety of subjects on The Vertical podcast published Friday. Among the most interesting was the use of Serge Ibaka in the Western Conference semifinals against San Antonio. In March, Ibaka admitted he sometimes was frustrated with his role in the..." August 26

  • Thunder Fans Are Petitioning to Change Name of Durant, Okla., to ‘Westbrook’

    Complex "Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City devastated when he announced in July he would join the Golden State Warriors, leaving behind the franchise for which he had played for his first nine years in the NBA. Durant meant a lot to his city; Oklahoma would have even given him a governmental post if he’d..." August 25

  • Steven Adams brings Roberson, Collison to New Zealand camp (complete with mustache T-shirts)

    The Oklahoman "On Tuesday, Steven Adams brought Thunder teammates, coaches and staff to the Ronald McDonald House in Auckland, New Zealand, to support a charity in his native country. Then, he put them to work. Adams, Nick Collison and Andre Roberson represented the Thunder at the Steven Adams Camps in..." August 25

  • Report: Thunder almost definitely won’t trade Russell Westbrook this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook negotiated himself a raise of more than $8 million and chalked it up to loyalty. Is the feeling mutual? The Thunder can trade Westbrook six months after he signed his contract extension, which make him eligible to be dealt Feb. 4. The trade deadline will be a few weeks..." August 24

  • Serge Ibaka Was Surprised by Kevin Durant's Decision

    Complex "Serge Ibaka understands why Kevin Durant decided to join the Warriors, he just didn't expect it. His former teammate made shockwaves back in July that are still being felt in the basketball world and despite joining a new team in Orlando, Ibaka continues to field questions about KD's decision...." August 24

  • Kevin Durant Unsure About 2020 Olympics

    Hoops Rumors "Participating in this year’s Olympic Games and helping Team USA secure the gold medal was therapeutic for Kevin Durant, who is still coming to terms with switching teams from the Thunder to the Warriors this offseason, Michael Lee of The Vertical writes. “It was therapy for me after making a big..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant on Team USA: ‘It was therapy for me’

    Today's Fastbreak "In an interview with Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical on Monday morning, Kevin Durant reflected extensively on his experience with the gold medal-winning Team USA in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 27-year-old superstar entered the 2016 Summer Olympics having to defend himself after..." August 22

  • Thunder Sign Semaj Christon

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Semaj Christon. Originally selected in the second round (No. 55 overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, Christon (6-3, 190) spent the 2015-16 season playing in Italy with VL Pesaro where he appeared in 30 games and averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds..." August 21

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • Kevin Durant: ‘I’m at my best if I don’t care if we win or lose’

    USA Today "Mike Krzyzewski wanted to see the Kevin Durant of Istanbul from the 2010 FIBA World Cup and from London at the 2012 Olympics. That Durant dominated. The Durant in Rio was good in the first five games of the competition, but not great against the better teams in group play. Until the U.S...." August 20

  • LeBron: Durant joining Warriors is 'great for our league'

    The Score "The King sees nothing wrong with Kevin Durant's decision to join a 73-win team. In fact, LeBron James applauded Durant's move to join the Golden State Warriors in a recent interview with Business Insider. "I think it's all great for our league," James said. "Our league is very competitive...." August 20

  • Durant passes LeBron to become USA's 2nd all-time leading Olympic scorer

    The Score "Move over again, LeBron James. Entering Rio 2016, James was Team USA's all-time leader in Olympic scoring. But as he watches the team from afar, he's seen his stock fall to No. 3 on the all-time list. I" August 19

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Kevin Durant: Olympics taking on new meaning in light of troubles in U.S.

    USA Today "Kevin Durant had to ponder the question. Had he ever felt chills during an NBA game, the kind that made him feel the way he did in Wednesday’s Team USA win over Argentina when the player-inspired chants of “U-S-A” came pouring down? “I had some chills when we went to the Finals in 2012 (with..." August 19

  • Durant passes Jordan on U.S. men's Olympic scoring list

    The Score ""His Airness" Michael Jordan continued his descent down the U.S. men's Olympic all-time scoring list as yet another member of the roster in Rio de Janeiro moved up. Kevin Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champion on the Golden State Warriors, jumped Jordan for fourth place during Wednesday's..." August 18

  • Steven Adams updates you on his reproductive organs and his hairstyle

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is one of the most likable athletes in the NBA as far as his interview quotes go. He's plain spoken, funny and brutally honest. He doesn't get caught up in the glamour of being an NBA star, and is always amusing in his observations. The Top Story spoke..." August 17

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Odds-On Favorite For NBA MVP Next Season

    Uproxx "If there’s one thing everyone can agree on about the fallout from Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, it’s that Russell Westbrook is about to have a monster season. The primal rage that seems to fuel his game will be stoked by KD’s supposed..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • Kevin Durant And Paul George Thought The Rio Olympics Would Be Easier

    Uproxx "The good news for Team USA after the group stage of the Rio Olympics is that they remain undefeated at 5-0 and won their group. The bad news is that despite not yet having suffered a loss, the American squad isn’t looking anywhere near as dominant as people expected them to be. After destroying..." August 15

  • Coach K defends KD: Haters don't respect excellence

    The Score "United States head coach Mike Krzyzewski wanted to put Kevin Durant's mind at peace following his decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors, so the two had a chat this summer. After being lauded for nine seasons as a first-class individual, Durant has been flooded with vitriol since he..." August 14

  • Report: Ronnie Price, Thunder Agree To Two-Year Deal

    The Sports Quotient " Free agent guard Ronnie Price and the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to a two-year deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The two-year deal is reportedly worth $5 million. The addition of Price should bring veteran leadership and depth off the bench for the Thunder." August 11

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Thunder, Chris Wright Agree To Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder are poised to add another player to their offseason roster, according to international basketball journalist David Pick, who reports (via Twitter) that the team has agreed to a partially-guaranteed deal with forward Chris Wright. Wright played his college ball at Dayton and should not..." August 10

  • Michael Jordan on Russell Westbrook: 'Thirty years ago, that's me'

    The Oklahoman "Lost in the excitement surrounding Russell Westbrook's contract renegotiation with the Thunder was a comparison to one of the NBA's all-time great players. The comparison was made by the all-time great himself: Michael Jordan. A day after Westbrook's new deal was announced, Russ Bengston..." August 10

  • Perry Jones Signs Deal With Khimki Moscow

    Real GM Basketball "Perry Jones III has agreed to a deal with Khimki Moscow. Jones was the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft." August 09

  • Enes Kanter's family disowns him over Turkey's political strife

    Sporting News "Enes Kanter's support of the Gulenist movement, also known as FETO, in Turkey has led his family to sever ties with him, the Daily Sabah reported. Kanter's father, Mehmet Kanter, wrote a public letter that said Enes was hypnotized by the Gulenist Terror Organization and that Mehmet apologized..." August 09

  • Kevin Durant to visit Oklahoma City as member of Warriors in February

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder are tentatively scheduled to play host to Kevin Durant as a member of the Golden State Warriors for the first time in February, according to league sources. Sources told that the Thunder's first home date of the season against Durant and the Warriors has been..." August 09

  • Durant didn't like attention he received in Oklahoma City

    The Score "The level of celebrity status that emerges from being one of the most talented and successful basketball players on the planet may be easier to handle in some parts of the country in comparison to others. Kevin Durant must hope that's the case after signing a two-year, $54.3-million contract..." August 08

  • Donavan: I had no idea Westbrook was going to sign extension

    The Oklahoman "Like many NBA followers last week, Billy Donovan was caught off guard. The Thunder coach was in Los Angeles visiting with his future backcourt of Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo. With the moves the organization made in recent weeks to free up salary cap space, Donovan knew there was a..." August 07

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Russell Westbrook Listed At 4 To 1 Odds To Win 2017 MVP

    The Oklahoman "With news of Russell Westbrook agreeing to a contract re-negotiation/extension with the Thunder, momentum is building again behind his chances at the Most Valuable Player award.'s latest odds have Westbrook at 4-to-1 to win his first MVP, behind only Golden State's Stephen Curry and..." August 06

  • Michael Jordan Says Russell Westbrook Is a Young MJ—He'll Have to Be Now

    Black Sports Online "Michael Jordan has spent a lot of time praising guys on his brand ever since LeBron James said he was chasing his ghost. After signing his new contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook received the ultimate praise from His Airness." August 05

  • Did Russell Westbrook fail himself by signing extension?

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook surprised the basketball world by signing a renegotiated three-year, $85-plus million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder earlier this week. It’s not as much that the All-Star guard decided to commit to the Thunder. After all, they are now his team with Kevin Durant in Golden..." August 05

  • Kevin Durant says talking to Russell Westbrook now is ‘a touchy deal’

    Washington Post "Kevin Durant’s foremost concern these days is playing for Team USA, but his decision to join a new NBA team is still a very hot topic. It’s one that followed him to Rio de Janeiro, where he and other members of the U.S. squad met with reporters Thursday. Given that Russell Westbrook, Durant’s..." August 05

  • Kevin Durant reportedly told Russell Westbrook he was leaving via text message

    Yahoo! Sports "The story about how Kevin Durant told former Oklahoma City Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook he was joining the Golden State Warriors keeps getting more and more intriguing. It was assumed, after the two spent eight years together with the Thunder, going to four Western Conference finals and a..." August 05

  • Thunder to acquire Blake Griffin to pair with Russell Westbrook?

    Sportsrageous "Oklahoma City Thunder fans can now breathe as Russell Westbrook signed a new three-year, $85 million deal. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Thunder will now build around Westbrook and their priority is to get Oklahoma-native, Blake Griffin. The Thunder had a bad start to the offseason..." August 05

  • Westbrook reportedly deleted Durant's goodbye text

    Yahoo! Sports "When Russell Westbrook traveled to Oklahoma City to meet with general manager Sam Presti in the aftermath of the franchise’s lost weekend in the Hamptons, Westbrook held no interest for a post-mortem on Kevin Durant. For a front office still mired in angst and anger, Westbrook delivered a sobering..." August 04

  • Durant will hold off congratulating Westbrook on extension

    The Score "After spending eight seasons together as teammates, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are going their separate ways. Durant took his talents to form a superteam in Golden State, while Westbrook elected to continue building his legacy in Oklahoma City by signing an extension. Save for a..." August 04