Thunder Rumors & News

  • Paul George-Lakers tampering investigation reportedly centered around Magic

    CBS Sports "Late Saturday evening, it was reported by Peter Vescey that the Pacers were filing tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George. Indiana had its hand forced when George reportedly informed the front office he didn't plan to re-sign and his preferred destination was the Lakers. The Pacers..." August 20

  • NBA confirms Lakers under investigation for potential tampering with Paul George

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George is not a member of the the Los Angeles Lakers. Yet. The California native has one year to go on his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded there by the Indiana Pacers. Rumors have been swirling for months about whether George would stay in Indiana, a new city, or..." August 20

  • LeBron James’ Refusal To Commit To Cavs Cost Them Paul George

    NESN "The Cleveland Cavaliers need help to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, that much is clear. And while the Cavs reportedly tried to acquire Paul George from the Indiana Pacers this offseason, it appears that LeBron James might be the reason the deal wasn’t completed. FOX..." August 20

  • Clippers Reportedly Offer GM Position to Thunder's Michael Winger

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news, noting the deal could be finalized "soon." Winger, 37, is currently an assistant general manager to Sam..." August 20

  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers over Paul George

    Bleacher Report "The Indiana Pacers have reportedly filed charges against the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George before the All-Star was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Per NBA journalist Peter Vecsey, Pacers owner Herb Simon filed the charges against the Lakers, and the NBA hired an..." August 20

  • Was Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant rift 'just a regular NBA problem?'

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant told ESPN that Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland and away from LeBron James is “just a regular NBA problem, right? A lot of teams have gone through this before.” Durant made the comments in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md., which staged a Durant celebration day. Durant said..." August 18

  • Players Voice Awards 2017: Westbrook voted MVP, LeBron Global Impact Player

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook already won the 2017 MVP award earlier this summer, but he added more hardware to his trophy case on Friday by winning the Players Voice Awards MVP. The award is voted on by his peers and given on behalf of the National Basketball Players..." August 18

  • Okla. teacher’s handout: Be more like MJ, not Kevin Durant

    Sportress of Blogitude "A teacher in Tulsa, Okla., clearly is still holding a serious grudge against Kevin Durant over his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. How do we know? Said teacher issued a handout to students imploring them to be more like Michael Jordan instead of..." August 18

  • Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant Open With Best Odds to Win 2017-18 MVP

    SI "Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant opened as the favorites to win the 2017-18 NBA MVP award, according to SportsInsights. The former teammates came in at +350, creating a decent gap between themselves and the rest of the pack. Kawhi Leonard is third on the list at +550, followed up by last..." August 16

  • Turkish NBA player responds to white nationalist rally: 'America only needs one torch'

    USA Today "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter isn’t afraid to speak out when he feels strongly about a political issue, as we saw in his home country of Turkey this offseason. But as thousands of protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday — which city officials recently declared an..." August 12

  • Kevin Durant: Playing Against Russ, PG, Adams ‘Is Going To Suck’

    SLAM Online "Warriors star Kevin Durant is not looking forward to playing against the Thunder’s Big Three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams next season. In an interview with The Athletic, Durant said that facing OKC “is going to suck” for every team in the NBA, including his Warriors:..." August 11

  • Thunder's Patrick Patterson has left knee surgery, will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks

    ESPN "Forward Patrick Patterson, one of the Oklahoma City Thunder's free-agent additions this summer, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, the team announced. He underwent the surgery in Los Angeles. He will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks, the team said. The Thunder are..." August 10

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Warriors preparing to make a run for Paul George

    CBS Sports "Paul George kindly informed the Indiana Pacers front office this offseason that he had no intentions of re-signing with the team when he hit the free-agent market in 2018, prompting a trade to send him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis the night..." August 10

  • 2017 NBA Mexico City Games schedule info

    Inside Hoops "The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Zignia Live announced today that NBA Mexico City Games 2017 will feature the Brooklyn Nets playing regular-season games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Dec. 7, and the Miami Heat on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The..." August 09

  • Drew League turns down Paul George’s request to play in playoffs

    Yardbarker "Most organizations would roll out the red carpet in order to have an NBA star like Paul George make an appearance for them. But that’s not necessarily the case with the Drew League. The famed Los Angeles-based Pro-Am league actually declined Paul George’s request to play in a playoff game on..." August 07

  • 'Kevin Durant Oklahoma Doesn't Hate You!!' ... Says Senator

    TMZ "Dear Kevin Durant, Not everyone in Oklahoma hates your guts. In fact, one of the most powerful people in the state is welcoming you back with open arms ... Senator Jim Inhofe. "Kevin Durant would be welcome back in Oklahoma any time he's willing to come and I want to be the first one he..." August 05

  • Andre Roberson says he has tried underhand free throws

    The Oklahoman "He's tried shooting them underhanded. So if you're going to approach Andre Roberson with free-throw shooting advice — and he'd rather you didn't, but knows from experience that you might — you can scratch that technique off your list. “I tried it in practice,” Roberson said, mimicking a..." August 04

  • Russell Westbrook in OKC, but not expected to sign extension while in town

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook is back in Oklahoma City. Don’t expect the MVP to sign a contract extension with the Thunder while he’s in town. Westbrook arrived in OKC late Wednesday night, but a source told The Oklahoman that the trip is not so he can sign a contract extension. Though Westbrook..." August 03

  • Paul George & Daniela Rajic Enjoy Yankees Game; How They Went From PG Bribing Her for Abortion to Happy Home

    Black Sports Online "One of the oddest stories I have ever covered. Paul George had a one night stand on a yacht with stripper Daniela Rajic. She ends up getting pregnant off the one night stand but PG is skeptical. He tries to bribe her with $1 million to have an abortion, she calls him out on social media, he..." August 02

  • Focus turns to Alex Abrines' health entering EuroBasket

    The Oklahoman "When Thunder players gathered last week on the West Coast for workouts, Alex Abrines was noticeably missing. Abrines did not attend the Russell Westbrook-coordinated workouts in Santa Monica, California. It was always Abrines' plan to start his summer attending friends' weddings and traveling..." August 01

  • Thunder to sign UCLA guard Bryce Alford

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder could have at least two UCLA guards in training camp. Former Bruins guard Bryce Alford announced on his Instagram Sunday that he'll be signing with the Thunder. With the Thunder's roster currently at 16 and needing to get to 15 by opening night in October, Alford is likely a..." July 31

  • Russell Westbrook skips Drew League game with super-max extension still unsigned

    Pro Basketball Talk "James Harden and Chris Paul provided a sneak peek of their partnership in the Drew League on Sunday. Watch the highlights above. But the Rockets stars’ expected opponent, Russell Westbrook, didn’t show. I was surprised Westbrook planned to play, considering he still had a super-max extension..." July 31

  • Steven Adams has Thunder coach punch him in gut while practicing free throws

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steven Adams has improved his free throw shooting percentage each of the past three season and knocked down 61.1 percent during the last campaign. Not exactly Steve Nash territory, but good enough to move out of “hack-a-Kiwi” range. What’s his secret? Well, it may not be one we see DeAndre..." July 30

  • Nick Collison: Russell Westbrook Was ‘Frustrated’ at Times Last Season

    SLAM Online "On July 1, the Thunder offered Russell Westbrook a designated player “super max” contract extension worth over $200 million. He has yet to sign it. Nick Collison, who’s played alongside Westbrook for the past nine seasons, offered a somewhat ominous response when asked about the 2016-17..." July 28

  • Cavs' Paul George Trade Fell Apart On Pick Protections

    Real GM Basketball "The Indiana Pacers had Kyrie Irving as their No. 1 target when working on a Paul George trade in June. The Pacers were willing to trade George for Irving straight-up, but the Cavaliers declined the offer several times. Cleveland instead worked with the Pacers on a three-way trade involving..." July 28

  • Report: James Harden, Chris Paul to Face Russell Westbrook in the Drew League

    SLAM Online "After a few pick-up runs at UCLA this week, Rockets teammates Chris Paul and James Harden will reportedly suit up for LA Unified of the Drew League this weekend. Per ESPN, Harden and CP3 will be facing stiff competition—Russell Westbrook and the Home Town Favorites. The game will be played..." July 28

  • Steven Adams 'Melo to OKC Would Be 'Awesome,' But ...'

    TMZ "OKC center Steven Adams says he's ALL ABOUT playing with Carmelo Anthony -- but warns that talk of Melo being signed by the Thunder is still just a fantasy. The 7-footer was flying out of LAX when we asked about the possible move. "That's just like saying if Michael Jordan could play for..." July 28

  • Thunder cautiously optimistic about signing Westbrook to $200M extension

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook did things no NBA player has ever done last season during his MVP campaign, and now the Thunder want to reward him handsomely. Westbrook, who set the NBA record for triple-doubles in a season, has been offered a five-year extension by Oklahoma City that would likely pay him..." July 28

  • Thunder To Sign First-Round Pick Terrance Ferguson

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have agreed to a four-year deal with Terrance Ferguson, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports (Twitter feed). With Ferguson coming to an agreement with OKC, every first-round pick in the 2017 draft class has an NBA contract. The 19-year-old, who played for an Australian team last..." July 27

  • The Obvious Kyrie Irving Trade Everyone is Missing

    The Sports Post "Kyrie Irving has popped up in trade rumors with almost every team in the NBA over the past week. He has listed the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves as his preferred destinations. The Phoenix Suns are a popular player in the sweepstakes, either to get Irving..." July 27

  • Dan Gilbert: Indiana could've 'done better' in Paul George trade

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert suggested Wednesday that the Indiana Pacers could have gotten a better trade package for Paul George than the eventual deal they received from the Oklahoma City Thunder of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. "I will say Indy could've done better," Gilbert..." July 26

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Report: Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers think they were close to trading for Paul George, a text message away from completing a three-team trade with the Pacers and Nuggets that would have sent Kevin Love to Denver. But Cleveland could’ve ensured itself George, whom Indiana ultimately dealt to the Thunder. All the Cavs..." July 25

  • Thunder emerge as third Carmelo Anthony trade option

    New York Post "The Knicks could add another team to the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. Anthony had to this point only agreed to be dealt to the Rockets or Cavaliers, but the Thunder reportedly are trying to become a third option. The Ringer’s Bill Simmons reported Monday that Anthony and the Thunder are..." July 24

  • Pacers GM Backed out of Paul George to Cavs, Kevin Love to Nuggets Trade

    Bleacher Report "Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard reportedly backed out of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers that would have sent Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, according to a report Saturday by Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and..." July 23

  • Lakers Front Office Has Been in Full Paul George and LeBron Mode From the "Day They Took Over"

    The Big Lead "We’ve been on LeBron-to-the-Lakers for over a month now, but Cavs fans kept burying their heads in the sand, thinking it was too long of a shot to be discussed. Here we are, a month after my appearance on the Herd, and Cleveland is imploding. Jimmy Butler briefly wanted to play in Cleveland …..." July 23

  • Cavs rejected Paul George deal & lost out on Chris Paul because of Kyrie Irving

    The Sports Daily "It would be an understatement to say that Kyrie Irving has put the Cleveland Cavaliers in a tough spot. Usually in late July, when summer league is ending and the free agency frenzy has dried up, basketball typically takes a back seat to baseball and the start of football training camp...." July 23

  • Thunder vet Nick Collison signs 1-year deal, leaves the door open for another season

    The Oklahoman "Nick Collison finalized a 1-year deal on Friday. Could there be another one coming? rik Horne Published: July 21, 2017 2:34 PM CDT Updated: July 21, 2017 2:41 PM CDT 89 shares 2 Nick Collison, pictured here in April 2016, hasn't ruled out playing another season after his 1-year deal...." July 22

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Report: Cavaliers were close to trading for Paul George

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers were reportedly close to trading for Jimmy Butler. He apparently wasn’t the only star to slip through Cleveland’s grasp this offseason. Though their pursuit of Butler reportedly fell apart when they ousted general manager David Griffin before the draft, the Cavs stayed in the..." July 18

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are friends again

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George said he spoke with Kevin Durant about joining the Thunder, but Oklahoma City’s newest star added he didn’t want to know too much about the Durant-Russell Westbrook relationship. George learned something, though. George on The Woj Pod, as transcribed by Adam Kemp of The..." July 15

  • Thunder, Collison agree to 1-year deal

    NBA.com "The Oklahoma City Thunder underwent somewhat of a roster overhaul this summer, trading for Paul George and signing free agents Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton. While changes are afoot in OKC, one constant will be back for the Thunder -- power forward Nick Collison. According to Shams..." July 14

  • Thunder optimistic Russell Westbrook will sign extension

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook is eligible to opt out of his current contract after the 2017-2018 season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly confident they can sign him to an extension before he becomes a free agent. Earlier in the week, Paul George implied that he and Westbrook will make a joint..." July 14

  • Pacers wanted Klay Thompson for Paul George

    San Jose Mercury News "Dealing away Klay Thompson was clearly a non-starter for the Warriors, even when the return package included Paul George. Still, George spent some time thinking about what it would be like to join Golden State. That was before the Pacers traded George to the Thunder, of course. But George..." July 13

  • Paul George: ‘Of course’ I wanted to play in Los Angeles

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George always seemed to realize he couldn’t control where he’d play next season. The Pacers could have kept him, hoping he’d make an All-NBA team and giving them a chance to offer a super-max contract. They could have traded him to the Celtics or Cavaliers or Rockets. They obviously did deal..." July 13

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Paul George will consider ‘everything’ in free agency next summer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder were willing to risk trading for Paul George even if they only get to keep him for one season, though George insists he has not made up his mind about where he will end up next summer. And those close to him say the star swingman is not lying. Royce Young of ESPN says..." July 12