Thunder Rumors & News

  • ESPN’s NBA Countdown is moving to Bristol, then New York, while The Jump is expanding to a full hour

    Awful Announcing "With Michelle Beadle and Jalen Rose heading to the upcoming Get Up morning show with Mike Greenberg while retaining their NBA Countdown roles (at least for now), it was clear that the NBA studio show would be leaving Los Angeles. But we now have details on when and for where, with Ryan Glasspiegel..." February 21

  • Steven Adams leads NBA in box outs

    247 Sports "There's a significant amount of talent on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster. However, center Steven Adams is often overlooked with the starpower of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony in the fold. Still, Adams is one of the most important pieces for the Thunder as he currently..." February 20

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Thunder could face $115 million in luxury tax in one particular Paul George scenario

    Clutch Points "It goes without saying that Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He will also be one of the most coveted free agents this summer. Last year, George indicated that he would leave the Indiana Pacers to join the Los Angeles Lakers when he became an..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Why Russell Westbrook Will Go Down as the Greatest NBA All-Star

    Complex "Before pouring in 21 first quarter points in a Wednesday night win over the Warriors, Russell Westbrook Popovich’d a reporter who asked him how he was approaching the defending champs. The journo was forced to answer his own bad question—”you play every game the same way”—because it’s already such..." February 18

  • George looking to 'build something' long-term with free-agency decision

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook was in the middle of answering a question about his motto of "Why Not?," when the chants started. This year's All-Star player media session is the first time fans were allowed to sit in. With L.A. loyalists less than 100 yards away seated in temporary bleachers, the chants..." February 18

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • NBA Rumors: Paul George doesn't want to play for multiple teams

    247 Sports "It's safe to say that one of the biggest storylines this season has been where Paul George will sign this summer. The Oklahoma City Thunder star was traded to the team from the Indiana Pacers this past summer, but will be a free agent following the season. On Saturday, George spoke to the media..." February 18

  • Durant blames himself for relationship with Westbrook, 'I f---ed that up'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When you get them in the same building, all eyes are on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Everyone already knows the background, we're not going there. The two are no longer teammates, but for one weekend they have been again for the last two years in the NBA All-Star Game. To no surprise,..." February 18

  • Russell Westbrook to start in the All-Star Game after all

    Sportsnaut "A lot was made about reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook not being named an All-Star starter this season. Coming off a 2016-17 campaign that saw him average a triple-double, the dynamic guard is still among the game’s best players. For him to come off the bench Sunday, it would have seemed like a..." February 18

  • Russell Westbrook to Lakers fans chanting for Paul George: ‘Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over for that’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lakers fans attending All-Star media day burst into a “We want Paul!” chant when Paul George was shown on a screen. His Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook – in the midst of his own interview – looked to the stands to respond. “That’s out!” Westbrook said. “Paul ain’t going nowhere. It’s over..." February 17

  • Paul George says trash talk in the NBA has changed greatly

    247 Sports "The NBA has changed greatly over the years in terms of the style of play but one All-Star is letting fans know what the increased importance on perimeter shooting isn't the only difference between this generation and their predecessors. During a recent interview with Dave Schilling of Bleacher..." February 16

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Report: Paul George committed to re-signing with Thunder

    247 Sports "By all indications, it's looking more and more likely that Paul George will remain in Oklahoma City. While the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled as of late, George's comments have become more and more positive towards remaining in OKC. According to Peter Vecsey (via Ashish Mathur of Amico..." February 11

  • Lakers fans chant for Paul George during game against Thunder

    Larry Brown Sports "Magic Johnson may get fined for recruiting opposing players, but the same rule does not apply to Los Angeles Lakers fans, and they’re taking advantage of that fact. During the Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night, Lakers fans could be heard chanting, “We want Paul!”" February 09

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • Report: Bulls talking to Thunder about Tony Allen trade

    247 Sports "With Andre Roberson out for the season with an injury, the Oklahoma City Thunder are in desperate need of some help on the defensive end of the court. Because of this need, the Thunder and the Chicago Bulls have reportedly talked about a trade involving veteran guard Tony Allen. According to..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • Report: Thunder, Timberwolves interested in Joakim Noah if bought out

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Timberwolves and the Oklahoma City Thunder have expressed interest in acquiring center Joakim Noah, in case he reaches a buyout with the New York Knicks, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. Noah hasn’t been open to a buyout situation, nor have the Knicks at this moment. The Knicks and..." February 08

  • Thunder simply tell teams that Paul George is ‘untouchable’

    Clutch Points "With the NBA trade deadline nearing, teams are scrambling to make any potential last-minute deals to help shore up their prospective futures. Try as they may, there is seemingly no use in inquiring about Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George. There have been rumblings about teams attempting..." February 08

  • Thunder Have Strong Interest In Avery Bradley

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder are believed to have strong interest in trading for Avery Bradley. Bradley is available in trade talks by the Los Angeles Clippers as he's on an $8.8 million expiring contract. The Thunder have a need on the wing following the season-ending injury to Andre Roberson." February 08

  • Paul George Unsure Of Future With Thunder As NBA Free Agency Looms

    NESN "Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George has a decision to make at the end of the season — re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder or become an unrestricted free agent. In a recent interview with Sam Amick of the USA Today, George shed light on where his loyalties lie in free agency. “I’m..." February 08

  • NBA Trade Rumor: Thunder Expressed Interest In Trading For Marcus Smart

    SLAM Online "The Oklahoma City Thunder have reportedly expressed interest in trading for Celtics guard Marcus Smart. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, OKC’s “lack of draft assets” might keep them out of the mix for Smart." February 07

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • NBA trade deadline could hold the key to Thunder becoming a true title contender

    CBS Sports "It's the middle of one of the Thunder's best games of the season. They're comfortably up by 22 points late in the third quarter on the road against the defending champs, but you'd never know it by watching the sequence that's about to unfold. After an offensive foul by Warriors forward Kevon..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Report: Teams expressing interest in Terrance Ferguson

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder recently lost starting guard Andre Roberson to a season-ending injury. Now the team is looking to improve their roster as the trade deadline approaches. According to ESPN's Ian Begley, teams are expressing interest in Terrance Ferguson, but don't believe that the..." February 07

  • KD doesn't want to keep discussing his relationships with Thunder players

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is ready to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, but he isn't up for divulging the depths of his relationships with players on that team. "I got a question: Why do you care so much?" the 2017 Finals MVP said when a reporter asked him if he..." February 06

  • Russell Westbrook Really Told a Reporter to Answer His Own Question and Walked Out

    Complex "Russell Westbrook has a love/hate relationship with the media. Sometimes he loves the spotlight. Other times—like when reporters ask questions he thinks are dumb—the Brodie doesn't even try to mask his disdain. We've seen before how Russ responds to questions he doesn't like. Remember that time..." February 06

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • Report: Thunder expected to make a trade before deadline

    Sportsnaut "Now that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without elite defender Andre Roberson for the remainder of the season, it has become vital that the team makes a move prior to Thursday afternoon’s trade deadline. Here’s a squad that heads into Tuesday’s game against the defending champion Warriors in..." February 06

  • Report: Bucks, Sixers, Thunder Interested In Dewayne Dedmon

    SLAM Online "The 16-37 Atlanta Hawks are in “full-scale sell mode” ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News. Big man Dewayne Dedmon, who is averaging 10.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 23.3 minutes, is apparently the “most coveted” of Atlanta’s available..." February 05

  • Thunder, Bulls and Pistons all interested in Jazz guard Rodney Hood as trade deadline nears

    Salt Lake Tribune "With the NBA’s trade deadline looming Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons are all showing interest in acquiring Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. League sources say the Denver Nuggets and Orlando Magic have also shown at..." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Report: Thunder could keep eye on Tony Allen amid Andre Roberson injury

    Clutch Points "Tony Allen has developed into one of the best defenders in the NBA. After winning a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008, Allen has built a reputation for being a lock-down defender that can stop most of the league’s best players. Even at 36 years years old, Allen is still one of the best..." February 05

  • Thunder Interested Trade For Clippers’ Avery Bradley

    NESN "Avery Bradley might be on the move again. The Oklahoma City Thunder are interested in acquiring the guard from the Los Angeles Clippers ahead of the NBA trade deadline, the Washington Post’s Tim Bontemps reported Friday, citing sources. Bradley arrived in Los Angeles last week from the Detroit..." February 03

  • Steven Adams doing dirty work that bolsters Russell Westbrook’s reputation, helps Thunder

    Pro Basketball Talk "A belief gained steam earlier this season that players perform worse when playing with Russell Westbrook. Former Thunder players Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis were having career years with the Pacers. Ex-Oklahoma City center Enes Kanter was thriving with the Knicks. Meanwhile, hyped..." February 03

  • Russell Westbrook will not be discipline by NBA for fan incident

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook will not be punished by the NBA for an incident with a fan on Thursday night. Westbrook was confronted by a Denver Nuggets fan on the court after Gary Harris’ 3-pointer to win the game for Denver at the buzzer. The fan ran up to Westbrook and yelled at him, prompting Westbrook..." February 02

  • Russell Westbrook: Fan’s ability to confront him on court ‘totally unacceptable’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook says the fact that a fan was able to walk onto the court and confront him following Thursday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets is “totally unacceptable.” The incident played out following the Nuggets’ 127-124 buzzer-beater win over the..." February 02

  • Nikola Jokic's clutch inbound pass to beat Thunder definitely shouldn't have counted

    CBS Sports "First off, we have to give credit to both the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder for playing one of the most entertaining games of the NBA season thus far. Denver pulled off a 127-124 victory on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Gary Harris after several possessions of heroics from both..." February 02

  • Russell Westbrook Shoved A Fan Who Walked Onto The Court After The Nuggets Beat The Thunder

    Uproxx "The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets might have played the NBA’s game of the year on Thursday night. The Thunder had a torrid comeback behind Paul George shooting fireballs out of his hands, but in the end, the Nuggets were able to defend their home court on a game-winning three by..." February 02

  • Rumor: Tyreke Evans drawing interest from Cavs, Thunder, Celtics, Pelicans, Heat, Rockets

    Clutch Points "Memphis Grizzlies multi-fasceted forward Tyreke Evans has started to draw interest from many teams around the NBA as this Feb. 8 trade deadline nears. Among them are the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans, and the Miami Heat, according..." January 31

  • Clippers Offered Blake Griffin To Thunder For Paul George

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers were aggressive in their pursuit of a Blake Griffin trade before settling on a deal with the Pistons. "They offered him around to everybody," said Royce Young on The Hoop Collective podcast. "I don't know if that's true," replied Brian Windhorst." January 31

  • Paul George Explains Why He Doesn’t Think Ejections Should Be Allowed In The NBA

    Dime Magazine "It’s been a whirlwind season for Paul George. Last summer, he was the centerpiece of one of the biggest blockbuster deals of free agency, a move that sent him to Oklahoma City in exchange for what initially appeared to be spare parts. While it seemed terribly lopsided in favor of the Thunder,..." January 29

  • Knicks' Courtney Lee to Thunder?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's that time of year, Knicks fans: NBA trade deadline season! While the last few years have been littered with the drama of the Carmelo Anthony fallout, the build up to the Feb. 8, 2018 trade deadline is, well, different. No one is quite sure what the Knicks are. If a few more wins come,..." January 29

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Thunder's Andre Roberson: Season-ending knee surgery confirmed

    CBS Sports "The Thunder confirmed that Roberson will need season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports. Roberson had to be stretchered off the court during Saturday's matchup against the Pistons and initial fears have now been confirmed, as..." January 28