Thunder Rumors & News

  • Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take shots at Reggie Jackson

    Larry Brown Sports "After spending the first three full seasons of his NBA career with the Thunder, Reggie Jackson was traded to the Pistons in February. Detroit apparently saw enough from Jackson after the trade that they were confident enough in his abilities to offer him a five-year contract worth $80..." November 29

  • Kevin Durant steals show, leads Thunder to win over Reggie Jackson’s Pistons

    The Oklahoman "Reggie Jackson was billed as the night’s villain, booed mercilessly in pregame introductions and every time he touched the ball. Russell Westbrook was the expected protagonist, sent to unleash the fan’s fury upon Jackson. But a now-healthy and always-gifted 6-foot-11 sharpshooter stole the show..." November 28

  • Durant, Westbrook power late game surge to beat Brooklyn, 110-99

    Welcome To Loud City "The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Brooklyn Nets at home, 110-99. The Thunder used a big 4th quarter run to pull away from a Nets team that, despite struggling this season, played competitively through 3 quarters. After the Nets tied the game at 85-all with 8:23 to go in the 4th, the Thunder..." November 26

  • Kanter settles ‘silly’ feud with Jazz

    The Oklahoman "Enes Kanter's return to Utah brought an expected pack of local reporters into the Thunder's locker room pregame. Considering what Kanter said about the organization the last time he spoke in Salt Lake City — ripping on basically everything but the city's mountains — there was a bit of tension in..." November 24

  • Durant returns, Thunder rout Jazz 111-89

    The Oklahoman "Just three days ago, bubbling panic spread through the Thunder’s fanbase, reacting to a string of lackluster performances and the lingering hamstring strain that kept Kevin Durant sidelined. Three days, two solid showings and one MVP return later, the worry seems to have subsided. Kevin..." November 24

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Kevin Durant WILL return to the Thunder lineup tonight at Utah.

  • Balanced attack, late defense spring Thunder to much-needed win over Mavs

    The Oklahoman "Staked to leads throughout Sunday night, the Thunder's struggling defense made a habit of melting away its cushion. Up 10 midway through the second quarter, tied with 3:41 left before half. Up eight at halftime, down eight at the six-minute mark of the third quarter. With 24 seconds left, OKC..." November 23

  • Thunder's Enes Kanter says he has 'no problems' with Jazz, their fans

    CBS Sports "After spending the first three and a half years of his career with the Utah Jazz, Enes Kanter treated his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder last year like the best thing that ever happened to him. In his exit from Utah, Kanter didn't have any complimentary things to say about the Jazz or Salt..." November 23

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Kevin Durant is out tonight. Based on progress, though, I'd expect him to return in coming days. Monday vs Utah or Weds at latest.

  • Durant denies Westbrook rift: 'We're like family'

    Fox Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday night, and had Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook present the award to him. The gesture signifies the strength of their friendship, in spite of the annual rumors that the two stars don't get..." November 22

  • Surging Knicks stave off Thunder to move above .500

    New York Post "The Knicks showed Friday night they’re more than just Kristaps Porzingis. The night began with injured free-agent-to-be Kevin Durant strolling across the court during pregame introductions to give former Thunder teammate and current Knicks coach Derek Fisher a hug. And the Knicks’ evening..." November 21

  • Why Derek Fisher won’t jump-start Durant-to-Knicks talk

    New York Post "If Derek Fisher feels uncomfortable discussing Kevin Durant’s greatness, you can see why. Fisher and Durant, as former teammates, developed a strong bond. Any comment he makes about Durant, the Knicks coach feels could be taken the wrong way: as in tampering. Durant will be a free agent in..." November 20

  • Russell Westbrook leads Thunder to needed win over wounded Pelicans in spotty effort

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder and Pelicans feature a combined three MVP-level players. Two weren’t active on Wednesday night. One was. In an otherwise lackluster game between an injury-ravaged team and an underperforming one, that was the difference. Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant sat with injuries, while..." November 19

  • The evolution of Russell Westbrook is complete

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook doesn't like talking about himself. Well, he doesn't really like talking about anything with the media (except clothes), but especially himself. Ask the Thunder point guard about how he's playing or ridiculous things he's doing and he'll likely start the answer with, "My job..." November 19

  • Kevin Durant on the Warriors: The rest of the NBA's nightmare could happen

    Sporting News "No NBA team ever has had two former MVPs in their primes on the same roster. That could change, though, if the Golden State Warriors — with Stephen Curry, last season’s championship and this year’s best record at 11-0 — were to sign Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant next summer. And yes, it..." November 18

  • Champions League set to debut in 2016 with former NBA players, 16 teams

    USA Today "When it comes to jobs that are hard to land, it doesn’t get much tougher than the NBA. At most, there are 450 roster spots to be had by the world’s best players. Consider there were approximately 5,600 Division I men’s college players in 2014 in America alone, and you start to understand it’s..." November 18

  • Grizzlies Defeat the Thunder 122-114

    Grizzly Bear Blues "An interesting night in Memphis, for a variety of reasons. Yes, the Memphis Sounds jerseys are awesome. But the game being played by the guys in the uniforms was quite a sight to behold as well, especially on the offensive end. Russell Westbrook played a monster game (40 points, 14 assists, 4..." November 17

  • Billy Hunter files amended wrongful-termination complaint against NBPA

    The Score "Former NBPA boss Billy Hunter continues to seek damages from the union for the circumstances surrounding his termination in 2013. Hunter's attorneys filed an amended complaint in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, seeking a jury trial on four breach-of-contract claims, reports Ken..." November 17

  • Kevin Durant's Hamstring 'Feeling Way Better'

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant will be out at least another two games but his hamstring is progressing in an encouraging way. "Feeling a lot better," he said. "Way better, actually." Durant will be reevaluated in a few days and has yet to practice." November 17

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Andre Roberson is out with the flu tonight. Kyle Singler is starting in his place.

  • Smart leads Celtics to 100-85 win over Thunder

    CSN New England "Marcus Smart had another career night scoring the ball in Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. But unlike last season’s matchup, the Celtics were able to emerge victorious with Smart’s career-high 26 points leading the way in Boston’s 100-85 win. Having played at nearby Oklahoma State,..." November 16

  • Kevin Durant out at least 2 more games, but hammy feels 'way better'

    ESPN "Kevin Durant said he is feeling "way better" after injuring his left hamstring Tuesday against the Washington Wizards. The injury will likely keep him out at least another two games. "Feeling a lot better," he said. "Way better, actually." Durant is set to be reevaluated in a few days, but..." November 16

  • Thunder's Waiters denies report he wants to sign with 76ers

    The Score "It doesn't look like current Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Dion Waiters wants to come home after all. A source close to the 23-year-old recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey that Waiters - a native of Philadelphia - was interested in joining the 76ers when he hits..." November 16

  • Waiters wants to play for Sixers "Dion Waiters wants to play for the 76ers next season, according to a source close the Oklahoma City Thunder reserve guard. “He wants to come home,” said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. “Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need. And he could..." November 15

  • Heat plan to pursue Kevin Durant this summer

    Miami Herald "The great cap boon of 2016 will leave the Heat with interesting decisions next summer: Do Pat Riley and Micky Arison keep most of the team together and leave themselves with very limited cap space to spend on outside free agents? Or do they use what could be $40 million to $50 million in cap..." November 15

  • Russell Westbrook's triple-double leads Thunder to rout over 76ers

    The Oklahoman "With an 0-8 record coming into Oklahoma City, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown said there hasn’t been much sleep going on in Philadelphia, not even following the news of Kevin Durant’s injured hamstring. “It let me sleep about 40 seconds more,” Brown said. You see, Brown still had to..." November 14

  • From the Bottom to the Top: The Russell Westbrook Story

    Bleacher Report "Newcastle High School sits 25 minutes south of Oklahoma City, jutting out from the flat land and abruptly buttressing itself, like an invasion of modernity on the edge of sleepy Route 62. Inside the gym is an inferno of a man with glowing eyes. He is not skinny. Cut from marble, in fact. He is..." November 13

  • Thunder blowout the Wizards

    The Oklahoman "On the night Kevin Durant returned to his native city, on the day hordes of media peppered him with free agency questions, during the game most considered just a sideshow to the ‘KD2DC’ movement, the loudest cheer came, by far, when Steven Adams was at the free-throw line. Adams, the Thunder’s..." November 11

  • Kevin Durant strains hamstring vs. Wizards, will have MRI Wednesday

    SI "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant left Tuesday’s game against the Washington Wizards with a strained left hamstring and will go for an MRI on Tuesday, he said after the game. “Long process of me getting back and then get hurt again is unfortunate,” Durant said. “But whenever I’m ready..." November 11

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    Ken Berger @KBergCBS

    MRI confirms a left hamstring strain for Kevin Durant, who will miss 7-10 days before being re-evaluated, the Thunder say.

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    Howard Beck @HowardBeck

    Kevin Durant has a left hamstring strain. Will not return tonight.

  • Westbrook, Waiters fuel attack as OKC dumps Phoenix, 124-103

    Welcome To Loud City "The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Phoenix Suns at home, 124-103. The win breaks the Thunder's three game losing streak, and at least temporarily, should quell some of the growing frustrations in OKC over the Thunder's uneven start to the season. The Thunder controlled much of the game but,..." November 09

  • Bradley Beal agrees with Kevin Durant: Wizards fans cheering for Durant is ‘disrespectful’

    Washington Post "The last time Kevin Durant and his Oklahoma City Thunder descended on Verizon Center, back on Jan. 22, the game itself, a thrilling Thunder overtime victory, was a mere sideshow to the unusual scene surrounding the event. At front and center was the Summer of Durant, even though his foray into..." November 09

  • Why Kevin Durant wants game vs. Wizards to be just another road trip

    USA Today "If Kevin Durant has his way, Tuesday night will be nothing more than a routine road game between his Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards. The in-your-face free agency recruiting that went on when he faced his hometown team last season will be nowhere in sight, with locals more..." November 09

  • Durant says Thunder still adapting to new defensive system

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Oklahoma City Thunder are a bottom 10 defensive team right now — ranked 22nd in the NBA in defensive rating allowing 103.3 points per 100 possessions. Teams are shooting fairly well against them (eFG% of 48.2 percent, 18th in the NBA) but the bigger issue is the team is dead last in the league..." November 09

  • Porzingis cites Westbrook as inspiration for aggressive playing style

    Newsday "Kristaps Porzingis was matched up against LeBron James, and the Cavaliers superstar took it right at the unproven rookie. Advantage James, one would think. But it wasn't. Porzingis negated James' layup with his long arms. The next time James got it against Porzingis, he drove on him again...." November 08

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Steven Adams (sore back) is a gameday decision tomorrow against the Suns.

  • Report: Rockets making Kevin Durant their top priority

    Larry Brown Sports "There isn’t a team in the NBA that would not want Kevin Durant becoming the next face of its franchise, but there are likely only a handful outside of Oklahoma City with a legitimate chance at signing the soon-to-be free agent. The Houston Rockets believe they are one of those teams, and they plan..." November 07

  • Derrick Rose's fourth-quarter takeover leads Bulls past Thunder

    CSN Chicago "A response was necessary after a submission led to embarrassment in Charlotte, and the Bulls put forth a requisite effort against perhaps the deepest team in the league. Derrick Rose put his stamp on the game after Jimmy Butler and Joakim Noah kept them in it early, with the Bulls winning,..." November 06

  • Kevin Durant: Westbrook And I Put Each Other On Best Player Pedestal

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant said this week he believes Russell Westbrook is the best player on the Oklahoma City Thunder and was asked to explain the next day. Durant labeled himself the world's best player in the past. "That's how I feel. And he feels the same about me,” Durant said of Westbrook. “We hold..." November 06

  • Raptors use defence to stage comeback win over Thunder

    Toronto Sun "There was nothing at all to suggest the Raptors would still be undefeated Thursday morning, but they are. Underestimate this team’s resiliency at your own peril. The Raptors proved that, rallying over the final six minutes from an eight-point deficit for a 103-98 win to run their perfect record..." November 05

  • Kevin Durant calls Russell Westbrook Thunder’s best player

    Pro Basketball Talk "A few months ago, Kevin Durant was calling himself the world’s best player. Now – after averaging 29.2 points on 49.5% shooting with 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, mind you – he says he’s not even the Thunder’s best player. He gives that title to Russell Westbrook. Durant, via..." November 05

  • Durant courtship in Rockets' future

    Houston Chronicle "What if Kevin Durant returned to Texas? What if K.D. and The Beard were reunited and draped in red instead of blue? What would it be like if an absolutely roaring Toyota Center didn't belong just to James Harden and Dwight Howard but to three shining superstar Rockets forming a triumvirate..." November 05

  • Oddsmakers say George Karl, Lionel Hollins coaches on hottest seats

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s inevitable. Some team is going to get off to a slow start, ownership/top management will be looking for a scapegoat, and a coach will get fired in the middle of the season. Even though the guys swinging the axe are more likely at fault for the team’s problems than the guy on the receiving..." November 04

  • Rockets’ big guns show up in OKC, earn first victory of the young season

    Houston Chronicle "Welcome to the 2015-16 season, James Harden. Nice job bringing plenty of help — and a fine sense of the dramatic – with you. With the Rockets dragging their way back to Toyota Center after their third-consecutive 20-point loss to open the season, and facing a 15-point second-half deficit to..." November 03

  • Serge Ibaka leads bounceback defensive effort in OKC’s blowout of Nuggets

    The Oklahoman "Billy Donovan asked a question to himself in pregame: Can the Thunder defend, be in great position and not put teams on the free-throw line? The answer came in the form of his 6-foot-10 shot-swatter. Serge Ibaka did all three expertly in the first half Sunday, spearheading a bouceback..." November 02

  • Report: Thunder won't sign Dion Waiters to contract extension

    The Score "General manager Sam Presti is not one of the lone inhabitants of "Waiters Island." As TNT's David Aldridge reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder will not sign shooting guard Dion Waiters prior to Monday's 5 p.m. ET extension deadline for players entering the fourth year of their rookie scale..." November 02

  • Billy Donovan: No plans to sit Kevin Durant during schedule grind

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder have no plans to sit Kevin Durant during a stretch in which they will play four games in five nights, according to coach Billy Donovan. The Thunder will play the Rockets in Houston on Monday, one day after their home victory over the Nuggets. After a day off Tuesday,..." November 02

  • Sources: Hornets, Lamb close to 3-year, $21M deal

    ESPN "The Charlotte Hornets are on course to sign swingman Jeremy Lamb to a contract extension for three years and $21 million before Monday's midnight deadline for such extensions, according to league sources. Sources told on Sunday night that the Hornets and Lamb are close to finalizing..." November 02

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Philadelphia has traded its rights on guard J.P. Tokoto to Oklahoma City, where Tokoto will play for Blue in D-League, sources tell Yahoo.