Thunder Rumors & News

  • 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 ESPN.com. 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

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • Thunder journal: How a big Bucks contract could affect Adams, Oladipo

    The Oklahoman "On Monday, the Milwaukee Bucks and do-everything forward Giannis Antetokounmpo agreed to a contract extension worth a reported $100 million over four years. It was a deal that was definitely coming for Antetokoumpo who has blossomed into one of the best young all-around players in the NBA. The..." September 20

  • Thunder renounces rights to forward Tomislav Zubcic

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder renounced the rights to Tomislav Zubcic on Sunday, making the 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward a free agent. In June 2015, Zubcic, 26, was acquired along with a $2.85 million trade exception by the Thunder from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Luke Ridnour and cash. The..." September 19

  • Semaj Christon keeping eye on NBA dream despite full Thunder roster

    The Oklahoman "Two summers ago, the Thunder was high on its second-round draft pick from 2014. After a strong showing at the 2015 Orlando Summer League, the thought was that Semaj Christon was NBA ready. Less than a month later, Christon signed a contract to play in Italy as the chance at minutes in the OKC..." September 18

  • Why GM Sam Presti believes the Thunder will still make noise

    Boston Globe "It’s not that Sam Presti hasn’t been here before, at least in a sense. Nine years ago at the age of 29 he was tasked with rebuilding an organization, when he was hired as the general manager of the Seattle SuperSonics. A year later, the Sonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Presti has..." September 18

  • Victor Oladipo Comments on NBA Players Possibly Kneeling During National Anthem

    Bleacher Report "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo isn't saying whether he plans to follow in San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's footsteps, but he told Russ Bengtson of Complex on Wednesday that he believes the NFL signal-caller's protests will carry over to the NBA: Oh, no question. I..." September 15

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Thunder's McGary suspended additional 10 games for anti-drug policy violation

    CBS Sports "McGary has been suspended an additional 10 games to begin the 2016-17 season for non-compliance with the NBA's drug policy, The Vertical reports. McGary had already been facing a five-game suspension for a violation of the policy back in July, so he'll now be ineligible for the first 15 games..." September 13

  • Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are 'cool'

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are "cool” even though KD left his longtime former teammate when he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors in July. Durant was in Austin for a Nike event at the University of Texas on Friday and answered questions from the audience. One was..." September 10

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • KD vs.Westbrook provides NBA with a rivalry

    Orlando Sentinel "Everyone says it: Rivalries in the NBA are dead, ghosts of the past. Rising from the grave, though, might be at least a good old-fashioned feud: Golden State vs. Oklahoma City. In this corner, Kevin Durant. In the other, Russell Westbrook. They were teammates and friends in OKC until..." September 03

  • Kevin Durant gets a Rick James thigh tattoo

    Total Pro Sports "Kevin Durant is just one of just many athletes who stirred up a buzz on social media this offseason who is absolutely thrilled that 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick has taken the heat off of them with his recent controversy. After squandering away a 3-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals in..." September 03

  • Two possible reasons why the Thunder traded for Joffrey Lauvergne

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder has traded for big man Joffrey Lauvergne, and the question is why. Why does the Thunder need a 16th guaranteed contract in a league that mandates only 15 players per roster? Why does the Thunder need a big man on a roster short of wings, not posts? Why does the Thunder need..." September 02

  • Under Armour CEO: Warriors are Curry's team, not KD's

    CSN Bay Area "In case you missed it, Kevin Durant is now a member of the Golden State Warriors. The 2014 MVP is a Nike client, while Steph Curry is with Under Armour. "KD is a good human being. They'll be good teammates. They're both competitors," Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank recently told Donald Dell of..." September 01

  • 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