Thunder Rumors & News

  • Lakers, Wizards won't get Kevin Durant meeting, Knicks might

    CBS Sports "The Kevin Durant free agency situation is evolving and coming into clarity quickly. On Friday night, word surfaced of the initial list of teams expected to meet with Durant, headlined by the hometown Thunder, Warriors and Spurs. On Saturday, USA Today's Sam Amick, who has covered Durant..." June 25

  • Serge Ibaka was promised, not given larger role on Thunder

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City’s decision to trade Serge Ibaka caught people by surprise, but the more we learn, the more it makes sense why they did what they did. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Saturday that Ibaka was unlikely to remain with the Thunder after his contract expired next summer, and..." June 25

  • Warriors reportedly believe losing NBA Finals helps their Kevin Durant pursuit

    Larry Brown Sports "The Golden State Warriors seem to be of the belief that every cloud has a silver lining, at least when it comes to losing the NBA Finals. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Warriors believe that their NBA Finals loss actually improves their chances of landing Kevin Durant in free..." June 25

  • Celtics reportedly make Kevin Durant’s initial list of free-agent meetings

    Boston "The Kevin Durant sweepstakes does not officially get under way until July 1, but the Boston Celtics will reportedly be one of the teams with a chance to pitch the superstar forward in person. After spending the first nine seasons of his career in Oklahoma City, the seven-time All-Star is hitting..." June 25

  • Wizards are ‘pessimistic’ about chances at recruiting Kevin Durant

    Bullets Forever "Remember that awkward year in your childhood where you’re pretty sure Santa Claus isn’t real, but your parents don’t have the heart to dash your dreams yet, so you linger around in a state of limbo waiting for someone to either introduce you to reality or show you that your wildest dreams can come..." June 25

  • Durant reportedly choosing between these six teams

    Yahoo! Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is planning to host free-agency meetings at a singular location starting July 1, league sources told The Vertical. Durant’s representatives at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles..." June 25

  • Warriors eye Durant backup plans, FAs including Horford, Whiteside, Batum

    The Score "Despite winning a record 73 regular-season games, some of the Golden State Warriors' flaws were exposed during the playoffs, which culminated in a Game 7 NBA Finals loss after they held a 3-1 series lead. Key rotation players Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli may walk as restricted free agents..." June 24

  • Durant fine with Ibaka trade

    The Score "As he approaches unrestricted free agency a week from Friday, Kevin Durant doesn't have an issue with the Oklahoma City Thunder's trade of longtime teammate Serge Ibaka, league sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe. Whether Durant will stay with the Thunder this summer is the $25-million question..." June 24

  • Thunder to guarantee Ersan Ilyasova’s contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "This is the best indication yet the Thunder believe they can re-sign Kevin Durant. Ersan Ilyasova – acquired from the Magic in the Serge Ibaka trade – will make $8.4 million season unless he’s waived by July 1. If dropped by then, his salary is just $400,000 guaranteed. Anthony Slater of The..." June 24

  • Did The Thunder Consult With KD Before Ibaka Trade?

    Black Sports Online "The Oklahoma City traded Serge Ibaka to the Magic earlier today in a some-what surprising move, and it appears that the Thunder made the decision without consulting Kevin Durant. Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater shared the below tweet, which states that the Thunder decided to trade Ibaka..." June 24

  • Once again the Thunder make a shrewd Thunder move by trading Serge Ibaka

    CBS Sports "The eyes of the NBA will be on the Oklahoma City Thunder on July 1 when Kevin Durant officially becomes a free agent. They made a preemptive move into the spotlight on draft night, sending Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic, league sources confirmed to CBS Sports. For a team that won 55 games and..." June 24

  • Lil B will lift curse if Kevin Durant goes to Knicks

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks just received their greatest possible free agency pitch for Kevin Durant. Rapper Lil B aka “The BasedGod” said on Twitter Thursday night that he would lift the curse the curse he placed on Durant if the free agent comes to the Knicks Lil B has developed a reputation for..." June 24

  • Serge Ibaka Reportedly Traded to Magic in Deal Involving Victor Oladipo

    Bleacher Report "Fresh off a dispiriting collapse in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly traded forward Serge Ibaka. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Ibaka has been dealt to the Orlando Magic. Wojnarowski reported the Magic will trade Victor Oladipo, Ersan..." June 23

  • Harden to actively recruit Durant in free agency

    The Score "Four-time NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant will have a number of suitors this summer as he enters unrestricted free agency. One of the teams looking to acquire his services will be the Houston Rockets, with All-Star guard James Harden - a former teammate of Durant with the Oklahoma City Thunder -..." June 23

  • Durant Likes Warriors' Silicon Valley Connections, 'Sees Advantages Beyond Basketball'

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant will reportedly consider signing with the Golden State Warriors in the offseason. While the Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites to re-sign Durant, the Warriors present a compelling case with how he would fit in replacing Harrison Barnes and for potential business opportunities. " June 23

  • Thunder Are Reportedly Shopping Serge Ibaka For A Potential Draft-Day Trade

    Uproxx "With Kevin Durant’s free agency looming, no one has a more important summer session than the Oklahoma City Thunder. They’ve begun it by floating a very interesting rumor After coming within instants of the NBA Finals, it’s a little curious that the Thunder would want to do anything but keep..." June 23

  • Phil Jackson Lays Out Plans to Sign Kevin Durant

    Black Sports Online "The 2016-17 Knicks will feature a Big 3 of Carmelo, D Rose & Porzingis. That probably is enough to make them competitive at least in the EAST, but not a title contender, but what if they were able to land Kevin Durant? Longshot, but Phil Jackson is shooting his shot. According to a source,..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Kevin Durant doesn’t give a sh*t about commercials

    Reds Army "Kevin Durant becomes a free-agent in 10 days and he’ll make a decision that could shake-up the NBA. At a recent sneaker launch Durant shared some insight into his thought process: “I know how important this time is,” Durant said. “Like I’ve been saying all season, I have people I trust. I have..." June 21

  • Start the summer speculation with Kevin Durant and… maybe Dirk Nowitzki as Future Warriors

    San Jose Mercury News "This is why the Warriors want Dirk Nowitzki. Did I surprise you with that name? I was surprised when I heard that a run for Nowitzki was bouncing around the Warriors’ thought process recently, but it makes sense. Joe Lacob and Bob Myers’ Warriors are going to be aggressive–we always know..." June 21

  • McGary faces critical summer in OKC

    The Oklahoman "Mitch McGary was second-to-last to speak. Before rookie Cameron Payne wrapped up the Thunder's exit interviews, McGary took his place behind a table at the practice facility and answered questions for 9 minutes and 39 seconds. The session was telling, not just for McGary's candidness but the..." June 19

  • Presti on Kevin Durant's free agency: 'It's an opportunity to be pretty excited about'

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti still doesn't sound scared about Kevin Durant's free agency. Presti said at the end of the Thunder's season that he was excited about talking to Durant about the future of the team, and he did not deviate from that in an interview with Ken Berger..." June 19

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Rockets ‘remain hopeful’ about July face-to-face with Kevin Durant

    Sportsnaut "Kevin Durant will have his pick when he hits NBA free agency in July. And despite the realization that they aren’t a contending team right now, the Houston Rockets are reportedly still optimistic about their chances of a meeting with the All-Star forward. Interestingly, Marc Stein of ESPN also..." June 13

  • The Governor Of Oklahoma Offers Kevin Durant A Cabinet Position To Stay With The Thunder

    Uproxx "Once the NBA Finals end, the focus of basketball fans everywhere will turn to one man: Kevin Durant. Where Durant chooses to sign this offseason is undoubtedly the biggest storyline in the league once a champion is crowned, and teams across the NBA are lining up to make their pitches to the former..." June 12

  • Serge Ibaka remains part of OKC's core after 'most challenging season'

    The Oklahoman "LaMarcus Aldridge was torching the Thunder. The San Antonio forward scored 38 points in a double-digit shellacking of OKC in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. He missed just five shots. Serge Ibaka and Steven Adams were his primary defenders. One-on-one. Change? Nope. “Nine out..." June 11

  • J.R. Smith Thinks LeBron James and Russell Westbrook Deserved to Win MVP Over Stephen Curry

    Complex "Stephen Curry deserved to be the NBA's Most Valuable Player this year. Just look at the voting numbers: he was the first unanimous MVP in NBA history. One would argue there was not much room for interpretation; I mean, literally every single reporter voted for him. J.R. Smith, however, has his own..." June 11

  • Russell Westbrook will not play in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

    Welcome To Loud City "On Friday afternoon, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook officially announced he will not compete in this summer's Olympic Games. The All-NBA team member cited his decision was difficult, but made in the best interest of his family. Westbrook joins a star-studded lineup of U.S. Men's National..." June 11

  • Clippers Willing To Trade Star Player For Durant

    Black Sports Online "The Kevin Durant sweepstakes is about to start. A bunch of teams want him and will do almost anything to get him. We’ve heard about the Rockets, Celtics, Wizards, Heat, Knicks and even the Warriors. Well, now it looks like the Clippers are willing to what it takes to nab Durant. The Clippers..." June 10

  • Jared Dudley on KD2DC: ‘I don’t see it’

    Washington Post "If there remains a buzz about the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Wizards in free agency, it is happening at pretty modest audible levels. Wizards fans, meanwhile, now appear about as optimistic about the prospect as they do about their team winning a championship anytime soon. Sure, when..." June 10

  • Kevin Durant interested in Knicks, per Skip Bayless sources

    New York Post "Maybe Skip Bayless is right. And if that’s the case, Knicks fans have the right to be extremely hopeful. The screaming TV provocateur said during Wednesday’s episode of “First Take” on ESPN that superstar free-agent forward Kevin Durant is interested in coming to New York. Bayless cited “a..." June 10

  • Serge Ibaka: Kevin Durant is staying with Thunder

    Larry Brown Sports "If Kevin Durant is planning on leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder as a free agent this summer, he hasn’t informed all of his teammates yet. In a brief chat with TMZ on Thursday, Thunder big man Serge Ibaka was asked if Kevin Durant is staying in OKC. “Of course,” Ibaka said confidently. “Of..." June 10

  • Kevin Durant not considering Rockets in free agency

    ESPN "Former teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden are "hanging out" this week, ‎but the close friends' ‎brief reunion isn't expected to have a real impact on Durant's forthcoming free agency, according to league sources. Sources told that Harden's Houston Rockets are not a team Durant..." June 10

  • Adrian Griffin to replace Monty Williams on Thunder bench

    ESPN "The Oklahoma City Thunder will hire former Orlando Magic assistant coach Adrian Griffin to serve as an assistant on Billy Donovan's staff, according to league sources. Sources told that the Thunder are nearing a deal with Griffin to fill the void on the bench created by Monty Williams'..." June 09

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Dirk Nowitzki: Kevin Durant should stay with ‘loaded’ Thunder

    Sportress of Blogitude "If there’s one NBA superstar who can tout the potential benefits of staying with one team for the long haul, it’s Dirk Nowitzki. And the Dallas Mavericks veteran believes it makes sense for Kevin Durant to remain with the “loaded” Oklahoma City Thunder. Nowitzki, who is pondering his own NBA..." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • OKC Thunder Co-Owner -- No Evidence Car Crash Was Suicide ... Cops Say

    TMZ "Cops say they can't find a shred of evidence that proves OKC Thunder co-owner was trying to kill himself when he slammed his SUV into a concrete bridge back in March ... despite a 2 month investigation. Aubrey McClendon had been charged with conspiracy hours before the crash for his alleged..." June 07

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • Sam Presti Confident Kevin Durant Will Re-Sign With Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Sam Presti is confident Kevin Durant will re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant will be a free agent for the first time in his career. "We have the opportunity to sit down with him and talk about what looks like an incredibly bright future together," Presti said Monday. "I think you..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Report: Durant planning to play for Team USA in Rio

    Sportsnaut "NBA free agent Kevin Durant plans on playing this summer for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, per Royce Young of ESPN, via Marc Stein. This news is especially welcome on a day in which Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry announced he would not be playing in Rio in order to let his knee..." June 07

  • Warriors players don't understand why the team would need to add Kevin Durant

    CBS Sports "Even as the Warriors advanced over the Oklahoma City Thunder in seven games to the NBA Finals, and as they take a 2-0 series lead in search of their repeat championships, rumors persist regarding the viability and likelihood of Golden State adding Kevin Durant this summer. There are a whole..." June 06

  • Why a one-and-one contract wouldn't work for Kevin Durant in Washington

    Bullets Forever "Throughout Kevin Durant's free agency saga, most analysts agree that the smart move for Durant would be to sign a two-year deal, with a player option on the second year (AKA a "one-and-one" deal). By signing a deal like that, Durant could opt out next season and sign a bigger five-year max..." June 06

  • Isaiah Thomas on Kevin Durant: ‘That’s who I’m trying to get’

    Boston Globe "As Isaiah Thomas sat on his porch at home in Tacoma, Wash., last Monday after watching the Thunder lose Game 7 of the Western Conference finals to the Warriors, he had an idea. The Celtics point guard knows, like everyone else, that Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant will become a free agent..." June 06

  • Dion Waiters could earn $12-plus million in free agency

    Sportsnaut "The contracts free agents sign around the NBA promise to be completely out of bounds this summer. With the cap increasing a great deal due to the influx of television revenue, the max deal is going to be more than 20 percent higher than what it was two years ago. This will obviously impact..." June 05

  • Russell Westbrook: Thunder must become mentally tougher to take next step

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder, by all accounts, should be playing in the NBA Finals right now. One of their stars knows that, and he knows that they need to work on their mental game if they want to get there next season. Russell Westbrook said that, while the Thunder have made strides in that..." June 04