Thunder Rumors & News

  • Report: Thunder waive Reggie Williams

    Today's Fastbreak "Less than a week away from the opening of the 2016-17 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have waived forward Reggie Williams just two days after signing him, per The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears. Williams played for the Thunder back in 2014 for three games, spending the majority of his time..." October 20

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Russell Westbrook Isn’t Ready To Leave Oklahoma City Any Time Soon If The Past Is Any Indication

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, all eyes turned to Russell Westbrook. His team just got measurably worse, and with a year before his own free agency, many wondered if he was going to follow Durant’s lead and join a team more ready to contend for a..." October 20

  • Report: Kings and Thunder were ‘seriously engaged’ on Rudy Gay-Cameron Payne trade until Payne got hurt

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Kings are still looking for answers at point guard. Darren Collison? Not for the season’s first eight games, at least. Ty Lawson? Um… Seth Curry? Too late. Ricky Rubio? Not right now. Goran Dragic? I mean, maybe, I guess. Cameron Payne? If it weren’t for Payne’s foot..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Russell Westbrook Asked Durant How He Could Change During Meeting

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook and Nick Collison met with Kevin Durant in West Hollywood shortly before the start of free agency. Westbrook asked Durant what he could do and how he could change. Durant was set to meet with several teams during the first few days of July. “He went above and beyond,”..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook: 'I was never going to leave' Oklahoma City

    Fox Sports "After the milquetoast essay and the token text, Russell Westbrook played dominoes. He had started the game early that July 4 morning, as friends and family filled his sunny backyard for a housewarming party, and he did not stop when his phone throbbed with the news he dreaded. A union that spanned..." October 19

  • Russell Westbrook Really Is The Preseason Favorite To Win NBA MVP

    Uproxx "When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors this summer in free agency, it threw a wrench into the whole MVP debate. It was already going to be difficult for Steph Curry to win it three years in a row, and divvying up his shots with Durant would make it nearly impossible. But there’s..." October 18

  • Rudy Gobert, Steven Adams worth watching as extension deadline nears

    ESPN "With two weeks and change to go before the buzzer sounds on Extension Season for first-round picks from the NBA's Class of 2013 draftees, we've seen only two deals done to this point. Portland's C.J. McCollum (four years, $106 million) and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo (four years, $100..." October 15

  • Russell Westbrook and Marc Gasol get into heated exchange

    Pro Basketball Talk "Plenty has been done to poke the bear that is Russell Westbrook over the past few months. People won’t stop asking him about Kevin Durant, mostly. And now, it appears Marc Gasol must pay!" October 14

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Russell Westbrook Done Responding To Durant's Comments

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook was asked about comments made by Kevin Durant in which he said he feels "really grateful to play for a team like that and play with a bunch of players who are selfless and enjoy the game in its purest form." "That's cute man," said Westbrook. "My job is to worry about what's..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • The NBA's leaked Christmas jerseys are familiar, and that's a good thing

    CBS Sports "The NBA's Christmas Day slate might not be perfect, but it's going to look great. On Wednesday, the new Christmas jerseys leaked, via UniWatch's Paul Lukas, and they are essentially updated versions of what we saw last year: Not an eyesore in the bunch. It's a little weird that the Los Angeles..." October 12

  • Perry Jones Drawing NBA Interest?

    Hoops Rumors "Russian team BC Khimki announced today (via Twitter) that they’ve used their option to release Perry Jones from their roster, making him a free agent able to sign with any team. Jones joined the club in August, and played in just one regular-season game before he was cut. A former first-round..." October 11

  • Russell Westbrook: European offenses are “10 times better” than NBA offenses

    Pro Basketball Talk "If you put an average NBA offense — last season’s Detroit Pistons, for example — up against an elite European team’s offense, the Pistons would come out on top. But the reason is talent not system (with all due respect to Stan Van Gundy). Those European teams don’t have anyone like Andre..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Russell Westbrook, Thunder limitations will be tested without Kevin Durant

    SI "If obstruction breeds creativity, then Russell Westbrook's upcoming season promises to be one of the most inventive individual performances the NBA has ever seen. Oklahoma City's reworked roster is marked by its limitations—namely, the loss of one of the NBA's most versatile forwards and committed..." October 07

  • Andre Roberson Leaving Extension Talks With Thunder To Agents

    Real GM Basketball "Andre Roberson was asked if he's excited about becoming a free agent this summer of if he'd prefer to sign an extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. "At this moment, I’m not much into that," said Roberson. "I just leave that to my agents. I’m going to play my game and live one day at a time...." October 06

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • Michael Jordan to present Russell Westbrook into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook will be inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Oklahoma City. And for about a year, we've all wondered who would present the Thunder star point guard. Former Thunder co-star Kevin Durant was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame last year and..." October 06

  • 3 NBA teams that won’t make a return trip to the playoffs

    Fox Sports "Disappointment looms for these previously successful teams This offseason was one of incredible change in the NBA. You know all the big moves -- Kevin Durant to the Warriors, Dwyane Wade to the Bulls, Russell Westbrook signing an extension in OKC -- and you know how the championship picture..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Thunder's Cameron Payne opts for no surgery, will be re-evaluated in 6-8 weeks

    CBS Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are very high on backup point guard Cameron Payne. When they failed to make the playoffs in 2014-15 because Kevin Durant missed most of the season with a broken foot, it afforded them a pick at the end of the lottery, which they used to scoop up Payne for some backcourt..." October 04

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Steven Adams leaves Thunder's preseason opener with injury in second quarter

    The Oklahoman "Thunder center Steven Adams left the Thunder's preseason opener against Real Madrid in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Adams looked to roll his right ankle when he landed on another player's foot after scoring a mid-range floater for the Thunder. Adams limped down the court as..." October 03

  • Nick Collison says he got a text from Kevin Durant about move before it was announced

    Pro Basketball Talk "There hasn’t been much communication between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the wake of Durant’s decision to head West — Westbrook reportedly deleted the goodbye text from Durant. Things seem a little better between Durant and Nick Collison, who have been teammates longer than KD and..." October 03

  • Perkins: Westbrook, Durant ‘never really valued each other’

    The Oklahoman "“With them not talking right now, that bothers me,” said Perkins, who played in Oklahoma City from 2011-15. “Because I know both of them, they care for each other and love each other, despite the decision that KD made. With me reading an article saying that they haven’t talked to each other, that..." October 01

  • Cleveland Cavaliers Trading Kevin Love For Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap? "The most recent NBA trade rumors suggested that the Cleveland Cavaliers might enter a three-team deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the new season. According to the reports, the Cavaliers will send their power forward Kevin Love as a part of the deal in..." September 30

  • Thunder PG Cameron Payne fractures foot. Again

    Pro Basketball Talk "Just as he was getting back into the flow after fracturing his foot this summer, Thunder point guard Cameron Payne hurt himself all over again. Thunder release: The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that guard Cameron Payne suffered an acute fracture to his fifth metatarsal in Tuesday..." September 29

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Adams: I ducked KG trash talk by pretending not to speak English

    The Oklahoman "Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, two of the greatest power forwards to ever play in the NBA, have retired in a span of two months. Thunder center Steven Adams said he learned from both of them. Garnett announced his retirement on Friday after 21 seasons, and while Adams, 23, caught the fiery "KG"..." September 25

  • Russell Westbrook says he will not kneel for national anthem “as of right now”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Without question, some kneeling/raised fist protests of the National Anthem are coming to the NBA once preseason games start in a couple of weeks. Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers has already come out saying “there’s no more American thing to do than to protest.” Teams are discussing the need for social..." September 25

  • Victor Oladipo says Russell Westbrook sings him to sleep

    Yardbarker "Victor Oladipo and Russell Westbrook appear to have a beautiful budding bromance. According to Oladipo, his new Thunder backcourt mate has an interesting way of putting him to sleep." September 25

  • Russell Westbrook Speaks on Police Shootings: “Something Has to Change”

    Complex "The recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and Keith Scott in Charlotte have troubled Russell Westbrook. Westbrook, who grew up in inner city Los Angeles, spoke on the violence Friday at Oklahoma City Thunder media day. “Me growing up in the inner city and being able to see..." September 24

  • Enes Kanter tweets hilarious joke about Kevin Garnett

    Larry Brown Sports "Enes Kanter paid tribute to Kevin Garnett on the day the NBA legend announced his retirement with one hilarious joke. Here’s what the Oklahoma City Thunder big man tweeted about KG." September 24

  • McGary wants to turn his life around after drug suspension

    The Oklahoman "Mitch McGary has had a rocky first two seasons in the NBA. This summer may have been the worst for the 24-year-old forward. McGary failed a drug test in July and was suspended five games by the NBA. Then, he was handed another 10-game suspension in August for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA..." September 24

  • Westbrook says he still hasn't spoken to Durant

    Fox Sports "The biggest story of the NBA offseason was Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder in free agency to sign with a Warriors team that blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. The decision came as a shock to many, including Durant's OKC teammates. Russell Westbrook had been a teammate of Durant's for all eight..." September 23

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • Kevin Durant Says His Relationship with Russell Westbrook Is Competitive Only on the Court

    The Ringer "On the latest Any Given Wednesday, Bill Simmons brought on former MVP Kevin Durant and Grammy-nominated rapper Nas to talk basketball, hip-hop, and “beefs.” Durant talked about how he was hurt by his portrayal as “weak” in the media after he left Oklahoma City for Golden State this..." September 22

  • Thunder GM: Mitch McGary still coming to training camp despite drug suspensions, roster crunch

    Pro Basketball Talk "Mitch McGary didn’t do himself any favors by getting another drug suspension. The Thunder forward was hit with a minimum 10-game ban last week on top of the five-game ban he drew this summer. “For me, I’m disappointed in the fact that he’s in that situation,” Thunder general manager Sam..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • The Laughable Origins Of That Dumb Rumor About Russell Westbrook Getting Traded To The Knicks

    Uproxx "If you’re a big hoops fans and follow the NBA even during the depths of its offseason doldrums, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve seen a rumor suggesting that the New York Knicks may be trading Derrick Rose and budding superstar Kristaps Porzingis to Oklahoma City for Russell..." September 20

  • One thing every NBA Western Conference team must fix in training camp

    Fox Sports "A few NBA teams will hold their media days on Friday, and the rest will do so beginning next week. That means training camps are just about upon us, so with that in mind, here's an introductory look at one thing each team should look to address before the regular season gets going at the end of..." September 20