Thunder Rumors & News

  • Shawn Kemp to co-host party celebrating Thunder missing playoffs

    Seattle Times "The curse of the Zombie Sonics is alive and well. That’s right, Emerald City hoops fans can breathe easy once again knowing the Larry O’Brien Trophy will not be hoisted by Clay Bennett in Oklahoma City this year. Entering last night, the Thunder were in a heated race to capture the eighth and..." April 18

  • Kevin Durant ready to turn the page: Can't wait until first game

    ESPN.com "After having a third surgery on his right foot, 2014 MVP Kevin Durant called this season the toughest year he's ever had playing basketball. "I'm definitely pissed. I heard a lot of stuff during this time I've been injured from everybody. From different people. Definitely pissed," Durant,..." April 17

  • Jazz players go easy on Kanter in talking about turnaround

    The Deseret News "When former Jazzman Enes Kanter came back to town with Oklahoma City last month and made negative comments about the Jazz organization and his time in Utah, Jazz players were not happy to see him, snubbing him on the court and making a few pointed comments afterward. However, they left their..." April 17

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • OKC misses playoffs despite rout of Minnesota

    The Oklahoman "Enes Kanter had his head bowed, buried under a blue bath towel as he sat in full uniform at the first cubicle on the left upon entrance into the visiting locker room inside the Target Center. As the majority of his teammates moseyed around, aimlessly for the most part, Kanter just sat there,..." April 16

  • Is Kobe trying to recruit Westbrook to Lakers ... and is it working?

    Fox Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook took some criticism nationally after taking 43 shots against Indiana on Sunday. He scored 54 points, but the Thunder lost to the Pacers, leading some to say that Westbrook should have gotten his teammates more involved. Coming to his defense was none..." April 16

  • Sources: Thunder to evaluate Scott Brooks' future as coach

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to spend time evaluating the partnership with coach Scott Brooks before committing to bring him back for the final year on his contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks is guaranteed for the 2015-16 season on his deal, with the Thunder holding a..." April 16

  • Trevor Booker fires back at Enes Kanter on Twitter

    Salt Lake Tribune "After spending his homecoming lightly blasting his old team and subsequently reveling in a chorus of boos from the fans that once cheered him, Enes Kanter lobbed one more insult at the Utah Jazz on his way out of Salt Lake City late last month. "We have to do a better job," Kanter said..." April 16

  • Refusing to make excuses, the Thunder now look toward the future

    CBSSports.com "The Oklahoma City Thunder were hurt. This isn't just about the injuries. Even though Kevin Durant missed 55 games, Serge Ibaka was out for the final 18 games, and Russell Westbrook missed 15 games during the 2014-15 season, the pain for the Thunder as their season came to an end had nothing to..." April 16

  • Russell Westbrook drops 37 in finale, wins NBA scoring title

    The Score "The final day of the regular season was a perfect storm for Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook: Must-win game, lame-duck opponent secretly hoping to lose, scoring title up for grabs. Westbrook has had more than his share of jaw-dropping individual performances this season, his..." April 16

  • Kevin Durant might follow in LeBron James' footsteps and join the Miami Heat

    Chicago Sun-Times "ESPN’s Bill Simmons floated in his latest column that he thinks Kevin Durant could be headed to Miami when he can become a free agent after next season. “Dudes will always want to play in Miami. For that and many other reasons, here’s your stealth Durant/2016 destination. Not Washington, not..." April 15

  • Russell Westbrook scores 36 as Thunder beats Portland

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook bristled at the question, probably because by now he expects everyone to know his feelings on the matter. And so when he was asked before Monday night’s game against Portland whether he cherished playing even more after being granted leniency by the league office, Westbrook..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Kobe Bryant takes to Twitter to defend Russell Westbrook

    Pro Basketball Talk "While Russell Westbrook has been putting up ridiculous lines and racking up triple-doubles seemingly nightly, his efficiency and the volume of his shooting has come into question. With some reason. Back on April 1 he was 10-of-32 shooting. April 3 it was 5-of-20. April 5 it was 12-of-29. You..." April 14

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul from Sunday at Indiana has been rescinded, the NBA has announced.

  • Russell Westbrook picks up 16th technical foul, will be suspended Monday if not rescinded

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 54 points on Sunday trying desperately keep the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff chances alive — still OKC lost to Indiana 116-104. That leaves them tied with New Orleans for the final playoff spot in the West with two games to go (New Orleans has the tie..." April 13

  • Thunder lose crucial game to the Pacers and, potentially, Russell Westbrook to suspension

    The Oklahoman "C.J. Miles lined up the corner three and knocked it in – the ensuing swish, ovation and OKC timeout putting a fitting bow on the most nightmare sequence of the Thunder’s nightmare season. With only 5:20 left, Miles’ dagger gave the Pacers a 12-point lead in their eventual 116-104 win over the..." April 13

  • NBA rescinds Westbrook's 16th technical; no suspension

    The Score "The Oklahoma City Thunder won't have to continue their playoff chase without Russell Westbrook, after all. The NBA announced Monday that Westbrook's technical foul in Sunday's loss to the Indiana Pacers - his 16th tech of the season - has been rescinded. Westbrook would have been facing a..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Scott Brooks just ruled Serge Ibaka out for the rest of the regular season games.

  • Thunder snaps four-game skid, beats Kings

    The Oklahoman "What the Thunder needed in the worst way finally arrived Friday night. A slump-buster. And for the Thunder, there is no better slump buster than the Sacramento Kings. Oklahoma City continued its mastery of the Kings inside Chesapeake Energy Arena with a potentially postseason-saving..." April 11

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    Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

    Nick Collison will go through a workout tomorrow and the Thunder will "see how he feels," per Scott Brooks. Serge Ibaka (knee) isn't close.

  • Spurs dominate Thunder 113-88 for 8th straight win

    Pounding The Rock "The Spurs beating the Thunder by 25 shouldn't be surprising. Scores as lopsided as the one from Tuesday are not common between playoff teams but the Spurs had outscored opponents by 14.5 points per 100 possessions since March, going into Oklahoma City. They led the historically good Warriors by 28..." April 08

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Prognosis good on Kevin Durant's foot

    ESPN.com "As the NBA playoffs approach, the Oklahoma City Thunder may be forced to wonder what might have been if Kevin Durant, the reigning NBA MVP, had been with them for the entirety of the 2014-2015 season. Durant, who was sidelined for seven weeks last fall after undergoing surgery to repair a Jones..." April 08

  • James Harden leads Rockets over Thunder

    Houston Chronicle "For most of the afternoon, as James Harden handled the ball in the middle of the floor, the Oklahoma City Thunder sent the bodies necessary to get it out of his hands. They put two defenders on the ball. Harden found big men in the lane on pick-and-rolls or in position to send another pass back..." April 06

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Brooks says he assumes Roberson and Collison will still be out for some time.

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    Darnell Mayberry @DarnellMayberry

    Steven Adams will play tonight

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Andre Roberson and Nick Collisom going through an on-court workout right now. Scott Brooks said "they are still a ways away."

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    SiriusXM NBA Radio @SiriusXMNBA

    Aaron Gordon weighs in on Kevin Durant's foot injury this week on #YearOne pic.twitter.com/PFK8VQNGFW

  • Dallas outlasts Thunder, 135-131

    Mavs Moneyball "In perhaps the most entertaining offensive basketball game since the All-Star break, the Dallas Mavericks shot a ridiculous 62 percent from the field to hold on against the incendiary Oklahoma City Thunder. Monta Ellis led the Mavericks with 26 points, four rebounds, five assists and four..." April 02

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    Royce Young @royceyoung

    Russell Westbrook's technical foul against the Suns has been rescinded. He now has 14 on the season.

  • Durant: Want to stick with OKC for whole career

    ESPN.com "Kevin Durant made some of his strongest comments yet about his future free agency, going as far to say he wants to have his jersey retired in Oklahoma City. "I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don't really think about anywhere else," Durant told Revolt TV in a recent..." April 01

  • NBA MVP odds: Stephen Curry the heavy favorite, LeBron's out

    CBSSports.com "On Tuesday, I wrote about how the MVP race is down to a two-man race. One of the Sportsbook agrees. The odds are off the books at Sportsbook.com and TheGreek.com (the two I typically use for these posts, as well as at PinnacleSports).But Bovada.lv released their odds Wednesday, and it's pretty..." April 01

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • Durant Undergoes Successful Surgery

    NBA.com "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery today for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel..." March 31

  • Why Russell Westbrook deserves to be NBA MVP this season

    Fox Sports Southwest "Russell Westbrook missed 14 games with a broken hand and another with a broken face. But when he's been on the court, you can't take your eyes off him. If Stephen Curry is smooth and James Harden is dependable, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook is in-your-face and aggressive, speed metal..." March 31

  • Trevor Booker takes shot at Enes Kanter with postgame comments

    Larry Brown Sports "Enes Kanter being traded from the Jazz to the Thunder was among the flurry of moves leading up to this year’s NBA trade deadline. Prior to the deadline, there was growing speculation Kanter would be moved after indicating he preferred to be traded away from Utah. The 22-year-old eventually got..." March 30

  • Thunder uses record comeback to defeat Phoenix

    The Oklahoman "For one night, one half actually, it all came together for the Thunder. And on the road, no less. After a nightmarish start and a head-shaking first half that left you thinking this was just another one of those frustrating nights away from the friendly confines of Chesapeake Energy Arena,..." March 30

  • Kevin Durant's injury forces summer of reckoning for Thunder

    SB Nation "Kevin Durant is done for the season and so are the Oklahoma City Thunder. Unless they can somehow avoid the Warriors in the first round, which seems nearly impossible at this stage, the Thunder will be ejected from the playoffs quickly. It will be a bitter end to a bitter season. They'd entered..." March 30

  • Steve Kerr: 'I would vote for Russell Westbrook' for MVP

    ESPN.com "This was supposed to be a possible preview of the Western Conference finals, with the Golden State Warriors rolling into Memphis one victory shy of matching a franchise record and facing the only team they've yet to beat during their remarkable run this season. The only suspense, though, came..." March 29

  • Kanter: 'Never liked playing' in Utah

    ESPN.com "Returning to play against his former team on Saturday, Thunder center Enes Kanter claimed to have more to say about his tumultuous tenure with the Utah Jazz, but didn't hold back all that much. "I love it," Kanter said of his change of scenery. "It's a team I've never experienced before and I..." March 29

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    Andy Larsen @andyblarsen

    Enes Kanter on OKC: "Everything there is just professional. Everything they do is for the players. You just only focus on basketball."

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Kevin Durant to have more surgery, out 4-6 months

    ESPN.com "Kevin Durant will have bone graft surgery on his ailing right foot and will miss the remainder of the season, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced Friday. The news comes a week after Presti announced that Durant been "removed from basketball activities" and insinuated he..." March 28

  • Time is running out to fix the Thunder's defensive flaws

    The Oklahoman "Kawhi Leonard snared a defensive rebound, turned up court and took off. It wasn’t a blazing fast break. Leonard wasn’t even in a hurry. He was patient and pensive as he pounded the ball up the floor. And the Spurs didn’t have a numbers advantage. But the next eight seconds summed up so much..." March 27

  • Spurs bounce back from Dallas debacle to destroy Thunder

    San Antonio Express-News "Summing it up From dominant to dreadful, the Spurs have yet to enjoy much consistency even as they won 10 of 13 coming into Wednesday’s home game against Oklahoma City. But, much like their recent conquest at Atlanta, just about everything came together for the Spurs, who set a season-high..." March 26

  • Strong play at home continues as OKC cruises past Lakers

    The Oklahoman "Technically, it would be inaccurate to call the Thunder unbeatable at home. But since the day after Christmas, visitors to Oklahoma City have found the Thunder to be pretty darn close. The Los Angeles Lakers learned that lesson Tuesday night, as the Thunder cruised to a 127-117 victory..." March 25