Thunder Rumors & News

  • Thunder Exercise $1.5M Team Option On Jerami Grant

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder have exercised their $1.5 million team option on Jerami Grant. The Thunder could have declined Grant's option and he would have become a restricted free agent. Grant will become an unrestricted free agent in 2018. " June 28

  • Andre Roberson fires back at those criticizing All-Defensive Team nod

    Larry Brown Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder swingman Andre Roberson refuses to let you rain on his parade after the first All-Defensive Team selection of his career. Roberson, who earned All-Defensive Second Team honors for the 2016-17 NBA season, fired back at those criticizing his inclusion." June 28

  • Report: Russell Westbrook may sign “designated player” extension with Thunder on July 1

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Westbrook is your NBA MVP, coming off a historic season where he averaged a triple-double. Westbrook also could see a massive pay raise this summer. Yes, you remember correctly that Westbrook signed one last summer after Kevin Durant left, but the new Collective Bargaining Agreement..." June 28

  • Report: Russell Westbrook could be open to signing mega extension with Thunder

    CBS Sports "Russell Westbrook was rewarded for his historic season with the MVP award on Monday during the NBA's inaugural awards show, but afterwards, the talk soon shifted towards his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. The star point guard is under contract for next season, but has an option for the..." June 27

  • Kevin Durant congratulates Russell Westbrook on MVP award in YouTube comment

    SI "Kevin Durant appeared to have congratulated Russell Westbrook in the comment section of a YouTube video on the Golden State Warriors star's official page. "Huge congrats to Russell Westbrook on MVP, that boy went out there and was a created player on 2k all year, F----n balled out. Gotta..." June 27

  • MJ congratulates Westbrook: 'I got my 1st MVP award before my 1st ring, too'

    Hot New Hip Hop ""I got my first MVP award before my first ring, too." Late last night, shortly after Russell Westbrook was named the 2017 NBA MVP, Jordan Brand released a special edition "RW" Air Jordan 31, the shoe that Russ wore during his historic season. Additionally, Jordan Brand also sent Westbrook a..." June 27

  • Russell Westbrook could land on trading block if he rejects OKC extension

    CBS Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder went through one of the worst experiences a franchise can have last summer when Kevin Durant decided to leave town in free agency, signing with the Golden State Warriors. That kind of scenario -- where a team could lose a player without gaining any assets back --..." June 27

  • Russell Westbrook breaks down as history wins the MVP

    New York Post "Rarely in recent memory has an NBA Most Valuable Player Award created such heated debate. The arguments centered on two candidates, James Harden, who had a career year for the record-setting 3-point obsessed Rockets, and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder’s triple-double machine who became only the..." June 27

  • Monty Williams wins Craig Sager Strong Award

    Sporting News "One of the coolest and most emotional moments from the inaugural NBA Awards Show was when former NBA player and coach Monty Williams received the Craig Sager Strong Award, presented by TNT's Ernie Johnson. The award's namesake, the beloved NBA sideline reporter Sager, passed away in December..." June 27

  • Glen Davis: Blake Griffin should sign with Thunder or Celtics

    Sportsnaut "Retired NBA power forward Glen Davis played his final two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, and he thinks Lob City is a thing of the past. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin both opted out of their player options with the team, so it’s not exactly a huge leap in logic to conclude the Clippers as we..." June 26

  • Rashawn Thomas To Get Partial Guarantee From Thunder

    Hoops Rumors "Rashawn Thomas of Texas A&M Corpus Christi has agreed to a partially guaranteed contract with the Thunder, tweets international writer David Pick. Thomas, a Mid-Major All-American, turned down several overseas deals before getting the opportunity with Oklahoma City, Pick adds. " June 25

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant trolls Russell Westbrook with cupcake hat featuring ring

    Sporting News "It all started with Russell Westbrook's seemingly innocuous Instagram post of a cupcake display last Fourth of July. On face value, the picture appeared to be a patriotic gesture by Westbrook, but Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated later revealed that Thunder players used to use the term..." June 24

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • David Stern discusses Sonics’ exit, says Seattle deserves an NBA team

    Seattle Times "With another NBA season in the books, former league commissioner David Stern joined ex-Seattle Times Sonics reporter Nunyo Demasio on his podcast “Nunyo & Company” to discuss everything from the landscape of the league, politics and Frank Sinatra. But Stern also attempted to answer a question many..." June 16

  • Thunder reportedly interested in pursuing Blake Griffin

    Tulsa World "Blake Griffin is expected to opt out of his Los Angeles Clippers contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Griffin won the Naismith Award in 2009 with the Oklahoma Sooners and was the top overall NBA Draft pick that year with..." June 16

  • Report: Thunder ‘haven’t completely moved on’ from Kevin Durant departure

    Larry Brown Sports "If you didn’t enjoy watching Kevin Durant win the NBA title with the Golden State Warriors, consider how the Oklahoma City Thunder must feel. ESPN’s Royce Young told Outside the Lines that, much as they’ve tried to distance themselves from the story, those associated with the Thunder..." June 14

  • Enes Kanter's Father Reportedly Released from Turkish Custody

    Bleacher Report "Oklahoma City Thunder big man Enes Kanter's father was reportedly released from police custody in Turkey on Wednesday. The Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com) cited the private Dogan news agency, noting university professor Mehmet Kanter was released after five days in custody as long as he..." June 08

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Enes Kanter issues statement after his father is arrested in Turkey

    KFOR "It seemed like a nightmare for the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Enes Kanter. While overseas for a series of basketball clinics for his foundation, Kanter learned that the Turkish government was trying to find him. Immediately, Kanter says he knew that he needed to get back to the United States..." June 02

  • Enes Kanter says father was arrested by Turkish government

    Fox Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter says his father has been arrested by the Turkish government, a week after the country reportedly issued a warrant for his own arrest. A Turkish judge issued a warrant for Kanter's arrest after investigation to his alleged association with separatist..." June 02

  • Maurice Cheeks released from Phila. hospital after medical episode on plane

    Philly.com "76ers great Maurice Cheeks was released Thursday from a Philadelphia hospital after he had an undisclosed medical problem on a flight to the city the day before, ESPN.com reported. Cheeks, a 60-year-old assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, underwent tests at the hospital, a team..." June 02

  • Thunder assistant Maurice Cheeks in Philadelphia hospital

    The Oklahoman "Thunder assistant coach Maurice Cheeks is in a Philadelphia area hospital Thursday after having an undisclosed medical incident on a flight Wednesday, The Oklahoman has confirmed. The Thunder has been in contact with Cheeks and says he’s “doing well,” and is awaiting test results. Cheeks’..." June 01

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • McDermott finds footing with new team and town

    The Oklahoman "Sometimes Doug McDermott loses himself. Driving through Oklahoma City, the Thunder forward will switch off his GPS and rely on instinct to find his way back to his home near downtown. It's a way for McDermott to see new parts of the city, to get a feel for neighborhoods and side..." May 28

  • Thunder's Enes Kanter responds to Turkey's arrest warrant

    Sporting News "Enes Kanter isn't scared of anyone, not even a government that has declared him a fugitive from the law. When a pro-government newspaper in Turkey released a story Friday saying Kanter had a warrant out for his arrest because of his alleged involvement with an Islamic preacher based in the..." May 27

  • Nick Collison-Enes Kanter a Terrorist? 'He Wouldn't Hurt a Fly'

    TMZ "Nick Collison's got his teammate Enes Kanter's back and wants to make it perfectly clear -- Enes is definitely NOT a terrorist. We got the Oklahoma City Thunder power forward out at Catch in Weho Friday night ... he tells us Kanter's an awesome dude and -- despite not knowing the full story..." May 27

  • Enes Kanter Arrest Sought by Turkey for Alleged Involvement in Terror Group

    Bleacher Report "Turkey has reportedly issued a warrant for the arrest of Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter on accusations of alleged involvement with a terrorist organization. According to AFP (h/t Yahoo), pro-government Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported the warrant is due to Kanter's previous..." May 26

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Kevin Durant Sends Another Veiled Criticism in Russell Westbrook's Direction About Having Fun

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant played alongside Russell Westbrook from 2008 to 2016. On the court they had great success, but their approaches to life were obviously very different. Westbrook turned out to be a crazy stat-hungry monster and Durant really just wanted to make friends and have fun. Here’s Durant’s..." May 22

  • Enes Kanter: America 'is my home now'

    Sporting News "Enes Kanter made headlines this weekend when he sent a video from his Twitter account with the caption, "I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police!!." Kanter has since returned home to the United States after what he called Monday during a conference call, "one of the craziest experiences I’ve..." May 22

  • Enes Kanter back in United States, will have news conference Monday

    ESPN "After being detained in Romania and having his passport revoked, Enes Kanter is back in the United States after landing in New York on Sunday morning, his agent told ESPN. Kanter tweeted late Saturday he was planning to do a news conference once he returned to the U.S., but agent Hilmi Cilnar..." May 21

  • Enes Kanter released by Romanian authorities after airport detention

    New York Times "Enes Kanter, a center for the N.B.A.’s Oklahoma City Thunder, said in a video posted on Twitter Saturday morning that he had been detained at a Romanian airport, with the authorities telling him that his passport had been canceled. Kanter, who is Turkish, said his political opposition to..." May 20

  • Explaining Enes Kanter’s airport detention and why it’s so serious

    Fox Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter says he's being detained at an airport in Romania because his Turkish passport has been revoked. "I'm being held at Romanian airport by Police," the Thunder big man tweeted along with a video on Saturday (which happened to be his birthday). If..." May 20

  • OKC's Enes Kanter detained in Romania

    ESPN "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "cancelled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning, he said in a video posted to Twitter. Kanter, who arrived in Bucharest from Jakarta, Indonesia as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter LightFoundation..." May 20

  • James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook vie for MVP

    ESPN "The NBA Most Valuable Player award will come down to Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard. LeBron James -- will not be in the mix. James was left out of the running Friday night when the NBA announced three finalists for each of its six major awards. It's the first time since..." May 20

  • Russell Westbrook's two-day old son already has a scholarship offer

    USA Today High School Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder star and presumptive NBA MVP Russell Westbrook just became a new father, welcoming son Noah Russell Westbrook with his wife on Monday. By Tuesday evening, Noah Westbrook had his first college basketball scholarship offer. To be fair, Stony Brook coach Jeff Boals was..." May 18

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • Russell Westbrook's Baby Born, Gets Baller Name

    TMZ "Russell Westbrook had a pretty exciting Tuesday -- his wife, Nina, gave birth to their son!!! The NBA star also revealed his kid's name -- Noah Russell Westbrook. Interesting choice considering Russell is technically Russell Westbrook III -- and while he chose not to make his son Russell..." May 16

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • Contract guaranteed, but future uncertain for Singler

    The Oklahoman "The money matters. Kyle Singler played in 32 games for the Thunder this season and averaged 12 minutes. He scored 88 points. He made 7 3-pointers. He had his moments, but he was a guy at the end of the bench who mostly stayed there, like a lot of guys in the NBA. But he made $4.8 million in..." May 12

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Contract guaranteed, but future uncertain for Kyle Singler

    The Oklahoman "The money matters. Kyle Singler played in 32 games for the Thunder this season and averaged 12 minutes. He scored 88 points. He made 7 3-pointers. He had his moments, but he was a guy at the end of the bench who mostly stayed there, like a lot of guys in the NBA. But he made $4.8 million in..." May 11

  • Russell Westbrook is going to stay in OKC, and he could come to regret it

    Fox Sports "Russell Westbrook isn’t going anywhere — we didn’t need a luggage commercial to know it. The Thunder are poised to extend Westbrook with a five-year contract extension worth more than $200 million this summer — a deal that makes perfect sense no matter how you look at it. “I think everybody..." May 09

  • Kendrick Perkins Would Not Be Surprised if Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Reunited in OKC

    The Big Lead "The Warriors just swept the Jazz out of the playoffs to run their postseason record to 8-0 with an averaging scoring margin of 127* points per game. With LeBron and the Cavs also having swept their semifinal matchup, it’s going to be slim pickings to find NBA topics this week. SO THANK YOU,..." May 09

  • Kendrick Perkins Claims Russell Westbrook And Kevin Durant Are Back On Speaking Terms

    Dime Magazine "Monday night appears to be for discussing some of basketball’s most notorious beefs on Area 21. Kevin Garnett’s show on TNT was the site of a reunion for a number of members of the late-00s Boston Celtics. The group – consisting of Garnett, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Kendrick Perkins, and Glen..." May 09

  • Troy Weaver also a candidate to lead Hawks’ front office

    Pro Basketball Talk "A couple championship general managers – Cavaliers general manager David Griffin and former Pistons general manager Joe Dumars – have emerged as contenders to run the Hawks’ front office. Another name to watch: Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver. Weaver has earned respect for his..." May 08