Thunder Rumors & News

  • Porzingis: Melo taught me not to 'give a sh--' about drama

    ESPN "A few months before Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City, the New York Knicks -- along with every other team in the league -- were asked by the players' union to vote for the 2017 Teammate of the Year Award. New York's pick? Yup, you guessed it: Melo, who just so happens to open the..." October 19

  • Melo: 'No support' from Knicks, Phil would've traded me 'for a bag of chips'

    New York Times "Russell Westbrook and Paul George were teammates for nearly three months before Carmelo Anthony finally blessed the capital of Oklahoma as a destination worthy of waiving his no-trade clause. The mere opportunity to team up with Westbrook and George and form a potential Superteam, as they’re..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Kristaps Porzingis: I’ll guard Carmelo, but it won’t be easy

    New York Post "The student will square off against the master in Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Knicks’ deliciously compelling season opener. With Carmelo Anthony lining up at power forward in the Thunder’s small-ball lineup, Porzingis said he will defend his former teammate at the outset. At..." October 18

  • Thunder Signs PJ Dozier to Two-Way Contract "The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Caron Butler "D-Wade Considered OKC, Lakers ... Before Signing w/ Cavs"

    TMZ "Dwyane Wade was REALLY close to heading west instead of reuniting with his bestie LeBron James this off-season ... so says ex-NBA star Caron Butler. TMZ Sports spoke with Tuff Juice about his convo with Wade before he made his decision to join the Cavs ... and he says Wade was seriously..." October 15

  • Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan to be waived by Thunder

    247 Sports "It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder want to keep that 15th roster spot open. According to Royce Young, the Thunder plan to waive both Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan by the non-guaranteed contract deadline set for tomorrow. Christon and Canaan were competing for the backup point guard..." October 14

  • Donovan stands behind Westbrook's 'easy to defend' style

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder went winless against Golden State last season. In those games, the Warriors supposedly found it easy to deal with Russell Westbrook. Jack McCallum's new book “Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors and the California Dreamers who Reinvented Basketball” cites anonymous Warriors..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Thunder Sign Yannis Morin, Chris Wright

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have inked a pair of players to contracts, announcing in a press release that center Yannis Morin and forward Chris Wright have been added to the roster. Having waived three players earlier today, Oklahoma City has already filled two of those newly-created openings, bringing the roster..." October 11

  • Report: Warriors Find Russell Westbrook Easy to Defend

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook‘s relentless style of play may strike fear in the hearts of most opponents, but the Golden State Warriors aren’t shook at all. The defending NBA champs apparently find it remarkably easy to keep the MVP in check. For the Dubs, guarding Russ is reportedly “like cake to..." October 11

  • Carmelo Anthony calls Jordan Brand report 'false news'

    Sporting News "Carmelo Anthony has denied a report of Jordan Brand closing his signature sneaker, calling it "false news." When asked about the report after the Thunder's preseason 96-86 victory over the Nuggets, Anthony said, “It’s false. False. Let’s not even discuss that.” Anthony continued, “I just..." October 11

  • Jordan Brand ending Carmelo Anthony's signature sneaker line

    ESPN "As Carmelo Anthony enters his 15th season in the NBA, his new Oklahoma City Thunder uniform won't be the only change in his look. He also apparently won't have a new Jordan signature sneaker to wear. Jordan Brand is halting the Melo shoe series after 13 models, according to industry sources,..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Russell Westbrook appears to take shot at Kevin Duran with 'adopt a cat' shirt

    Sporting News "Did Russell Westbrook take a subtle shot at Kevin Durant with his outfit choice on Sunday? NBA fans think so. Following the Thunder's win over Melbourne United, Westbrook spoke to reporters while wearing an “adopt a cat” shirt. NBA fans were quick to point out Durant's third-person tweets..." October 09

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • OKC must convince Paul George and Melo to believe in a dream

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City is betting on itself. When you're a small-market team in the NBA, in Oklahoma of all places, you can take two approaches. You can be savvy, careful, work around the edges and hope that everything will come together one year. You can do that if you don't have Russell Westbrook...." October 05

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Paul George to give OKC chance to re-sign him; Lakers could be left in lurch

    CBS Sports "It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder's chances of keeping Paul George beyond this season have gone up slightly. According to David Aldridge of TNT, George will grant the Thunder an audience this summer when he's making his final free agency decision. He is said to be impressed with the..." October 02

  • Oklahoma City, Thunder appear good enough for loyal Russell Westbrook "Honk if you had Russell Westbrook and Clay Bennett for the 0-30 parlay that made the NBA smile. The talk for much of last week was again about the gulf between the NBA’s haves and have nots, along two tracks. The first was the decision of the Board of Governors, with the Commissioner advocating..." October 02

  • Carmelo Anthony: I've Always Been A Product Of My Environment

    Real GM Basketball "Carmelo Anthony was asked what "Olympic Melo" means to him as many expect that version of his game to be displayed playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. “Olympic Melo connotation comes into play [where] I’m surrounded by great players,’’ Anthony said. “I try to get where the game..." October 02

  • Paul George: Russell Westbrook committing to OKC ‘absolutely’ makes his own decision easier

    Sportsnaut "Russell Westbrook surprised many when he signed a huge contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder. And based on what Paul George said one day later, that decision could have lasting ramifications as it relates to other high-profile free agents such as himself staying or leaving. George..." September 30

  • Thunder may become first NBA team to have $300 million in total salary

    Hoops Hype "Russell Westbrook‘s contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder is the most lucrative in the history of the NBA. With the new deal, Oklahoma City has $138 million in guaranteed contracts for next season if both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony opt into their deals. The salary cap is..." September 30

  • Thunder ownership prepared to pay huge luxury tax bill to retain core

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder have Russell Westbrook locked down long-term, and they’re ready to pay even more money to keep the core together. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, Oklahoma City ownership is prepared to pay a luxury tax bill higher than $140 million to go all-in with what they have." September 30

  • Did Russell Westbrook troll Kevin Durant on his birthday with new contract?

    Yardbarker "There was a lot of talk about whether or not Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook would sign his extension to remain with the team going forward. Rumors of him sticking around for a year and then jumping ship to Los Angeles were circulating, as some tried to predict what next summer’s..." September 29

  • Russell Westbrook agrees to 5-year, $205M extension

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Russell Westbrook, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link), who reports that the new deal is a five-year pact projected to be worth about $205MM. The extension will replace Westbrook’s player option for 2018/19,..." September 29

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Why Carmelo finally caved after Rockets, Cavaliers deals were close

    New York Post "Carmelo Anthony thought he had been traded twice before he actually was. It was wishful thinking. During an interview on SiriusXM, Anthony said he was under the impression “a trade was in place’’ with Cleveland and “got called off” on draft night in which both he and Paul George were headed to..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • Carmelo Anthony says deal to Cavaliers with Paul George was done

    New York Daily News "armelo Anthony twice thought he was traded this offseason before settling for OKC, including to Cleveland to create a team of super forwards. In an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio, Anthony detailed an unbelievable scenario where both he and Paul George were traded to the Cavs — only to have..." September 28

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • Carmelo Anthony says he almost joined Rockets: 'A deal was done' but fell apart

    CBS Sports "Throughout the summer, as Carmelo Anthony languished in New York, everyone assumed it was just a matter of time before he was a member of the Houston Rockets. Especially with the saga between him and the Knicks getting stranger by the day. Houston was originally the only team he would waive his..." September 28

  • Paul George sharing early ownership of Thunder

    The Oklahoman "Paul George still is settling in, still is learning his team and his city. The Thunder forward is finding his fishing spots in Oklahoma City and learning Billy Donovan's coaching terminology and getting comfortable with a new set of teammates. But already, he's putting down roots on his new..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Carmelo Anthony: Donald Trump doesn't understand why minorities are scared

    USA Today "Carmelo Anthony didn’t know where to begin. Puerto Rico. The NFL protests. The endless tweets from President Trump that add to the growing fear Anthony has for people who look like him. But as the 10-time All-Star surveyed the surreal scene at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday, his trade..." September 27

  • Carmelo ready to transition to starting power forward for Thunder

    ESPN "After often resisting it in New York, Carmelo Anthony will officially make the full-time transition to starting power forward with the Thunder, coach Billy Donovan said Tuesday. Asked about Anthony laughing off the possibility of coming off the bench Monday at media day, Donovan said, "We're..." September 27

  • Paul George Upset with Way Pacers Traded Granger

    USA Today "The row of cardboard boxes said it all. Not far from Paul George’s new front door and all the fishing gear that was strewn throughout his three-story abode, the empty casings of at least a half-dozen big-screen televisions were a clear giveaway that he’s new in these parts. The Oklahoma City..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Billy Donovan responds to Kevin Durant’s critical tweets about him

    Larry Brown Sports "Billy Donovan is taking the high road in reply to Kevin Durant’s Twitter shade. Speaking at Media Day on Monday, the Oklahoma City Thunder head coach was asked about Durant’s recent tweets criticizing him. “We did communicate,” replied Donovan, per Royce Young of ESPN. “I enjoyed my time..." September 26

  • Westbrook says fatherhood is getting in the way of decision on $207M OKC extension

    CBS Sports "As great as things have gone for the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer, there's still one massive, dark cloud hanging over the start of training camp. Despite the additions of Paul George and Carmelo Anthony via trade, reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has yet to sign the five-year, $207 million..." September 25

  • Carmelo Anthony, Paul George recruiting Dwyane Wade to Thunder

    Sportsnaut "Now that he has agreed to a buyout with the Chicago Bulls, veteran guard Dwyane Wade will soon be free to sign with another team. It’s been a long time coming for Wade, who didn’t fit into the rebuilding model the Bulls have created after moving on from Jimmy Butler during the summer. And while..." September 25

  • Paul George says he’s not set on Lakers in 2018: ‘Winning takes precedence’

    Larry Brown Sports "It may no longer be “Lakers or bust” for Paul George next summer. In an interview with Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports over the weekend, the Oklahoma City Thunder forward commented on the possibility of joining the purple and gold as a free agent in 2018. “You ask anybody, and who wouldn’t..." September 25

  • Carmelo Anthony Writes Letter to New York After Trade to Thunder from Knicks

    Bleacher Report "NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony wrote a letter saying goodbye to the city of New York on Monday after being traded from the New York Knicks to the Oklahoma City Thunder. "From the day I first met you, I knew we were meant to be together," Anthony opened the letter. "It was love at first sight...." September 25

  • Knicks president Steve Mills says Thunder deal works for Carmelo Anthony and franchise

    New York Daily News "The Carmelo Anthony deal is official. On Saturday the Knicks agreed to ship Melo to Oklahoma City for Doug McDermott, Enes Kanter and a 2018 second-round pick. The team announced the trade Monday morning during Media Day. “This is a deal we feel works for both this franchise and Carmelo,”..." September 25

  • Knicks asked Cavs for Tristan Thompson in Carmelo Anthony trade talks

    CBS Sports "The Knicks knew they were going to lose Carmelo Anthony at some point this offseason. He had made it clear that he wasn't going to be returning to the team and demanded a trade. New York, meanwhile, just wanted to move on from this whole mess. One of the teams he was willing to go via trade was..." September 24

  • Isaiah Canaan agrees to non-guaranteed deal with Thunder

    Sportando " Guard Isaiah Canaan has agreed to a non guaranteed camp deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, as first reported by Darren Wolfson and then confirmed by Shams Charania. Last season Canaan averaged 4.6 points per game with the Chicago Bulls. " September 24

  • Trey Burke Reportedly Finalizing Contract with Thunder

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly working to finalize a contract with free-agent point guard Trey Burke on Saturday, according to The Vertical's Shams Charania. The news comes hours after's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Thunder had agreed to trade Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott..." September 23

  • Enes Kanter Went Live on Periscope in OKC With Some Kids; Commenters Tell Him He’s Been Traded

    Black Sports Online "I would hope that OKC hit him up to tell him about the trade before they leaked it to Woj, but if they didn’t the Periscope commenters decided to let him know. Remember just a couple of days ago Kanter said this. View image on Twitter " September 23