Thunder Rumors & News

  • Enes Kanter unashamedly talks himself into being part of Thunder again

    Clutch Points "Enes Kanter came back to his old stomping grounds at Chesapeake Energy Arena, taking part on the Oklahoma City Thunder as an spectator for Wednesday’s 25-point comeback over the Utah Jazz. During an in-depth interview with Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript prior to Game 5, Kanter revealed his..." April 26

  • One stat sums up Carmelo Anthony's horrible series against the Jazz

    Give Me Sport "Despite putting together a star-studded team last summer in the hope of competing for a championship, the Oklahoma City Thunder are somehow staring playoff elimination in the face in the first round. They trail the Utah Jazz 3-1 after four games and are on the verge of an embarrassing exit..." April 26

  • Carmelo Anthony would not be upset if he sees decrease in minutes

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder went on a late run on Wednesday night to stave off elimination against the Utah Jazz, and they did much of their damage with Carmelo Anthony riding the bench. Anthony clearly wasn’t happy about it at the time, but it’s tough to argue with the result. At one point,..." April 26

  • Russell Westbrook, Paul George key historic rally to force Game 6

    CBS Sports "The Thunder's season was over. Stick a fork in 'em, see ya next season, good riddance over. With 8:34 remaining in the third quarter Wednesday night in Game 5, Jae Crowder drilled a 25-foot 3-pointer to give the Jazz a 25-point lead, their biggest of the game. It felt like the butcher knife being..." April 26

  • So, Carmelo Anthony's Career Is Over, Right?

    The Big Lead "Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder are currently down 3-1 to the Utah Jazz after getting smoked by 17 Monday night. Given how bad Anthony has looked all season, it’s fairly clear we’ve reached the end of his effectiveness in the NBA. Anthony will turn 34 on May 29, and he’s due $27.9..." April 25

  • Report: NBA eyeing 2020 as earliest draft allowing high schoolers

    Sportsnaut "Although it feels inevitable the NBA will eliminate the one-and-done rule, the change isn’t expected to happen for next year’s class of high school prospects. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, conversations between the NBA and Players’ Association have centered on 2020 as the “earliest..." April 25

  • Russell Westbrook fined $10K, issued technical for Game 4 incident; will not be suspended

    CBS Sports "Westbrook will not be suspended for Game 5. The league announced on Tuesday evening that the Thunder point guard was issued a technical foul and fined $10K for the incident, but will be able to play on Wednesday night. Despite his poor play at various points during the series, this is great news..." April 24

  • Westbrook downplays Rubio matchup after Game 4 loss: 'Let's get past that'

    The Score "Russell Westbrook vowed to stop Ricky Rubio and "shut that s--- off" in Game 4 after the Spanish point guard notched a triple-double against him in Game 3. Mission failed. Rubio once again got the better of the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player on Monday night as the Utah Jazz went up 3-1 in..." April 24

  • Derek Fisher Proposes to Gloria Govan, She Said 'Yes!'

    TMZ "Good news for Derek Fisher ... the ex-NBA star popped the question to his girlfriend, Gloria Govan -- AND SHE SAID, "YES!" We've learned ... 43-year-old Fisher got down on one knee during a small shindig at their Los Angeles-area home on April 7, surrounded by their kids and Gloria's nephew...." April 24

  • Russell Westbrook Incident Under Review for Potential Game 5 Suspension

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder already have their backs against the wall facing a 3-1 deficit in their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, and they may not have Russell Westbrook for Wednesday's Game 5. Westbrook was waiting to check in at the scorer's table in the fourth quarter of..." April 24

  • Kevin Durant: Liking anti-Russell Westbrook Instagram comment was ‘total accident’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant liked an Instagram comment critical of Russell Westbrook. Here we go again? Royce Young of ESPN I’m not inside Durant’s mind. He could be lying to cover another burner Instagram snafu. But I tend to believe him. It’s easy enough to accidentally click like, and the greater..." April 24

  • Steven Adams: ‘I’m Really F—ing Weird. Socially Awkward, At Best.’

    SLAM Online "Steven Adams fully admits it. The 24-year-old big man is…just weird. In an interview with ESPN‘s Royce Young, Adams was asked to describe his relationship with superstar point guard Russell Westbrook. His response: “I don’t look into it too much, it’s just who I am,” Adams says of his..." April 23

  • After Rubio's triple-double, Westbrook vows to 'shut that s--- off next game'

    CBS Sports "If there's one person who knows triple-doubles, it's Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook. So it was a little odd to see Jazz guard Ricky Rubio put up a monster triple-double against Westbrook in Utah's 115-102 Game 4 victory on Saturday. Rubio finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and..." April 22

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Paul George's hip injury is affecting him on offense

    247 Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder Paul George's lingering hip injury is affecting him more on the offensive end of the floor than the defensive end. While speaking with media members on Friday afternoon, George explained that the hip issue is robbing him of his usual burst on offense. “It’s tougher..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Report: Lakers Still Targeting LeBron James, Paul George In Free Agency

    SLAM Online "As the summer nears, the Lakers‘ front office is maintaining the same game plan: Target superstars LeBron James and Paul George in free agency, according to ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski. Both James and George can opt out and hit unrestricted free agency after this season." April 20

  • Paul George Says Hip Injury Should Be 'Back to 100' for Game 3 vs. Jazz

    Bleacher Report "After leading his team to a 116-108 victory over the Utah Jazz in Game 1, Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George found himself as questionable for Game 2 because of a hip injury suffered during a fall on the court on Sunday. George wound up playing in Wednesday's game, scoring 18 points in a..." April 19

  • Paul George and Donovan Mitchell Will Play in Thunder-Jazz Game 2

    SI "Paul George and Donovan Mitchell will play in Game 2 of the Thunder-Jazz matchup. Thunder coach Billy Donovan confirmed George's place in the game. The Jazz announced Mitchell's return with a movie poster teasing the news." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • Thunder star Paul George diagnosed with a left hip contusion

    247 Sports "While an official decision on his status for Game 2 will not be revealed until closer to the opening tip at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday night, All-Star forward Paul George was not a full participant in practice on Tuesday as he and his teammates prepare for another showdown with the Utah..." April 17

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • Russell Westbrook on announcer calling him ‘out of his cotton-picking mind:’ ‘What he said wasn’t OK’

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder suspended TV announcer Brian Davis for responding to a nice play by saying Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind.” Westbrook, via Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript: “Brian has been here for a while. What he said wasn’t OK. We all understand that,” Westbrook said...." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • Russell Westbrook on comment by Thunder announcer: 'What he said wasn't OK ... we just have to move on'

    The Oklahoman "With the playoffs less than a day away, the Thunder is moving forward from TV play-by-play announcer Brian Davis's controversial comments in the final regular season game. Following Davis saying Russell Westbrook was out of his "cotton-picking mind" on a live Fox Sports Oklahoma broadcast in..." April 14

  • Larry King Doesn’t Think the ‘Cotton-Pickin’ Comment Directed at Russell Westbrook Was a Big Deal

    Complex "Fox Sports NBA announcer Brian Davis was caught slipping when he said, “[Russell] Westbrook is out of his cotton-pickin’ mind,” on Wednesday, the same night that Westbrook became the first player in NBA history to average a triple-double twice. People immediately saw the announcer’s comment for..." April 13

  • OKC Thunder Suspend Announcer for 'Cotton-Picking' Comment

    TMZ "The OKC Thunder commentator who said Russell Westbrook was "out of his cotton-picking mind" is being punished for his terrible choice of words ... the team just announced. Brian Davis, the play-by-play guy for Fox Sports Oklahoma, has been suspended for Game 1 of the Thunder-Jazz playoff..." April 13

  • Thunder issues statement on broadcaster’s racially insensitive comment

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday issued a statement condemning comments made by FOX Sports Oklahoma broadcaster Brian Davis during Wednesday night’s game when he said Russell Westbrook was “out of his cotton-picking mind.” The statement from the Thunder indicates Davis did not intend for..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • TV announcer gets caught with racists remark on Russell Westbrook live

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook did Russel Westbrook things Wednesday night during a 137-123 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at home. Unfortunately, one television broadcaster did what broadcasters or any decent person should not do: utter a racist slur on live..." April 12

  • On Carmelo, showing maturity through acceptance and playoff glory

    The Sports Fan Journal "“It feels good, man, kind of just to be back in that postseason mindset…looking forward to not planning vacations. Even though I would love to be with my family, I think they understand that this is very important.” — Carmelo Anthony, via Brett Dawson of The Daily Oklahoman Nine years ago,..." April 11

  • Russell Westbrook on triple-double chase: ‘If you don’t want it, I’m gonna get it’

    Clutch Points "The regular season is only hours away from an end, and Russell Westbrook is yet again chasing history, only 16 rebounds away from a second straight triple-double season. While 16 rebounds seems like a daunting tally for a point guard, the reigning MVP is no ordinary one, and isn’t ashamed to..." April 11

  • Alex Abrines out indefinitely due to concussion symptoms

    247 Sports "Alex Abrines is staying home, for now. As the Oklahoma City Thunder prepare to play out their regular season with their finale versus the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, they'll likely do so without the services of Abrines. That would be because the young shooting guard suffered..." April 10

  • Carmelo Anthony admits that Russell Westbrook steals rebounds

    Larry Brown Sports "Carmelo Anthony is finally addressing the elephant in the locker room for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Speaking with the media Tuesday, Anthony admitted that Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook steals rebounds. Here is what he had to say, per Royce Young of ESPN. “For me, it’s good to have a..." April 10

  • Paul George nearing Ricky Davis’ streak of 27 games shooting under 50%

    Clutch Points "Paul George is struggling shooting the ball. That might not come as news to anyone keeping up with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but what’s been surprising has been how consistently managed to struggle from the field. The All-Star forward has now shot under 50 percent in 21 straight games in which..." April 09

  • Russell Westbrook backs teachers in walkout in Oklahoma

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook cares about education — and he’s put his money where his mouth is. Westbrook, through his foundation, has opened more than 20 reading rooms at schools around Oklahoma and made other investments in education in the state. That’s a state where public schools are closed as..." April 08

  • Russell Westbrook praises James Harden, doesn't make MVP endorsement

    ESPN "Reigning MVP Russell Westbrook praised former teammate James Harden but stopped short of saying the Rockets superstar deserves MVP honors this season. Harden, who had his second MVP runner-up finish last season, is widely considered the favorite this season. He leads the NBA in scoring (30.6..." April 07

  • Paul George: How the Thunder finish this season won’t impact free agency

    Sportsnaut "The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the final weekend of regular season action in the midst of a seven-team race for five playoff spots out west. It’s going to be a frantic final few days of the regular season for Oklahoma City and the rest of those contending for these spots. For his part, Thunder..." April 06

  • All-time Team USA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony snubbed from national team pool

    Clutch Points "The call-up for the 2018-20 USA Men’s National Team pool has been announced and while the list includes many household names, it’s lacking the team’s all-time leading scorer, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony had been an All-Star player for eight consecutive seasons (2010-17), but has taken a steep..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Westbrook can become 3rd player in last 30 years to lead league in FGA, but outside of top 5 in PPG

    Clutch Points "Russell Westbrook is nearing another show-stopping triple-double season after a 44-point, 16-rebound performance in a loss to the Golden State Warriors last night, but besides showing he can muster the 55-year-old feat for a second consecutive season, he’ll also partake in a rather odd..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Russell Westbrook insists on great relationship with Paul George, Carmelo Anthony

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder faced yet another painful loss at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, dropping down another spot in the fierce Western Conference and now mired in sixth place. As a unit, the Thunder shot a woeful 37.6 percent from the field, despite Russell Westbrook’s brilliant..." April 04

  • Paul George Says He Has 'Mechanical' Issue with Shooting Form

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder have been on a cold streak, and so has Paul George. He discussed the problem after Tuesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, via Royce Young of ESPN.com "I gotta figure it out," George said. "Something mechanical in my shot. I've had struggles throughout the..." April 04

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • Russell Westbrook can clinch triple-double season by averaging 12 rebounds in last 4 games

    Clutch Points "In the midst of a furious race in the Western Conference, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook can make some history of his own by totaling 48 rebounds in his last four games of the season — just enough to average a triple-double for the second consecutive year, according to Tommy..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02