Thunder Rumors & News

  • Could Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Paul George form superteam with Lakers?

    Larry Brown Sports "The only way LeBron James is going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers for a Western Conference team is if said Western Conference team would have an immediate shot at competing with the Golden State Warriors. As rumors continue to pile up, it sounds like the Los Angeles Lakers have an outside chance..." September 18

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • Kevin Durant Trashes Former Coach, Teammates On Twitter

    Deadspin "Thanks to the eagle eye of Twitter user @harrisonmc15, we get to enjoy these since-deleted tweets from Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant. Okay, so one of two things happened here. Either Durant was feeling particularly feisty and wanted to tweet at a hater in the third person, or, as..." September 18

  • Canelo Alvarez hangs out with NBA star Russell Westbrook following controversial draw

    Daily Mail "Canelo Alvarez's middleweight mega-fight with Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin on Saturday was marred by controversial scoring and accusations of corruption. But the Mexican sensation did not appear fazed by the fall-out of the draw in Las Vegas as he met NBA superstar Russell Westbrook. Bearing the..." September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Paul George on MVP: “I’m going for it”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Could the Thunder have back-to-back MVPs? Paul George, the All-Star forward who was traded to the Thunder this summer, was at the unveiling of the new Thunder statement jerseys Friday (I like the OKC ones). While there he spoke to NBATV and was asked about the MVP. Can George put up the..." September 16

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Russell Westbrook says he still calls his mom to ask for her opinion on outfits

    USA Today "After playing NBA Jam with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Russell Westbrook was a guest on Good Morning America where he talked about his unique style and helped select an outfit for Michael Strahan. While answering fashion questions, the NBA MVP had the in-studio audience laughing when he..." September 14

  • James Harden Says 2017 Rockets Are ‘Similar’ to 2012 Thunder

    SLAM Online "James Harden sees plenty of similarities between this year’s Rockets and the 2012 Thunder team that went to the NBA Finals. In an interview with VICE, Harden said that Houston have the same “talent and versatility,” adding that the Rockets are “by far” the best since his arrival. Even though..." September 13

  • Thunder bringing Rob Hennigan back to front office

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder is bringing back former assistant general manager Rob Hennigan, according to a report from Basketball Insiders' Michael Scotto. Former Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan has been hired by the OKC Thunder, league sources told @BBallInsiders. Hennigan worked for four seasons in the..." September 13

  • Russell Westbrook inks 10-year extension with Jordan Brand

    ESPN "Russell Westbrook, the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, will look to continue to establish himself as one of the league's top global superstars, inking a 10-year extension with Nike's Jordan Brand that will be the most lucrative total endorsement deal for a Jordan athlete to date, according to..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Enes Kanter says teammate told him not to interact with Kevin Durant

    Fanrag Sports "For those still in Oklahoma City, the infamous departure of current Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant still serves as a very sore subject. However, this notion not only holds true with the Oklahoma City Thunder fan base, but also the team’s players — or so it appears at least. During a..." September 08

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Terrell Owens, Derek Fisher, Nikki Bella Join 'Dancing with the Stars' Cast

    Bleacher Report "The sports world will have a big presence, as usual, on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. As announced on Good Morning America on Wednesday, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, former NBA player and head coach Derek Fisher and WWE superstar Nikki Bella will be part of the cast..." September 06

  • LeBron James would love to team up with Russell Westbrook

    Larry Brown Sports "Los Angeles keeps coming up as a potential destination for LeBron James if he decides to leave Cleveland next summer, but that would likely only happen if at least one other star came to the Lakers with him. Paul George is the most obvious candidate, but what about Russell Westbrook? Westbrook..." September 05

  • Many NBA executives expect Russell Westbrook to re-sign with Thunder

    Pro Basketball Talk "Since July 1, a max contract extension of five-years, $207 million has been sitting in front of Russell Westbrook. He has yet to sign it. He hasn’t declined it, either. That has made some Thunder fans and executives nervous — last year after Kevin Durant left Westbrook signed a one-year extension..." September 02

  • Report: Thunder’s Enes Kanter expected to exercise 2018-19 player option

    Pro Basketball Talk "Thunder center Enes Kanter has a $18,622,514 player option for 2018-19. Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript: I’d also be shocked if Kanter declined a $18,622,514 guaranteed salary. But sometimes players have different ideas about their own values. It’s nice to have confirmation from someone..." August 29

  • Steven Adams happy to have 'good guy' Paul George on board as a Thunder buddy

    Stuff.co "The hoops world looks at Paul George and recognises mad talent and athleticism that can lift the Oklahoma City Thunder from pretenders to contenders. Steven Adams just sees a "good dude" who has what it takes to fit into his new home. It all depends on your perspective, of course. George is..." August 29

  • Durant shocked by OKC trade for George: 'Indiana just gave him away'

    CBS Sports "Lots of teams were in on the Paul George sweepstakes this summer: Cleveland, Boston, the Lakers ... but in the end it was the Oklahoma City Thunder coming out of nowhere to trade for the four-time All-Star. Even more surprising than the team that got him was the package that they sent to the..." August 27

  • More than Just “Shooter McDermott”

    NBA.com "The NBA is a league of “more”. More skills, more star players, more athleticism, more defense, more leadership, more shooting. Really, what every player and every team wants, for the most part, is more of everything. The more a player can do, the more worth they have to their team. The more a team..." August 26

  • Cavs nearly landed George, Bledsoe in 3-team Kyrie trade

    Cavs Nation "Rumors had run rampant of the Cleveland Cavaliers exploring trade options to move Kyrie Irving in order to land big-time free agents, even before the 25-year-old requested a trade. According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the Cavs were in line to thread a three-team trade with the Indiana Pacers..." August 25

  • Kevin Durant says he and Russell Westbrook are still friends, they just don’t talk

    San Jose Mercury News "Kevin Durant recently reiterated his respect for Russell Westbrook in a way that might intrigue NBA fans. Much has been made of the former Thunder teammates’ relationship since KD left for Golden State and, on The Bill Simmons Podcast that posted Thursday, the Warriors star rejected the idea..." August 25

  • Westbrook hasn't given answer to Thunder's huge extension offer

    CBS Sports "Tuesday's Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade just added to what has already been one of the most action-packed NBA offseasons in recent memory. In addition to Irving and Thomas, we've seen All-Stars like Chris Paul, Jimmy Butler and Paul George change teams, while players like James Harden, John..." August 25

  • No apparent rush for Westbrook in becoming NBA's No. 1 earner

    ESPN "It has been nearly two months since Russell Westbrook could agree to the fancy new designated veteran player extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder that would make him the highest paid player in league history. In that time, a lot of stuff has happened in the NBA -- a lot of stuff -- that has..." August 24

  • Thunder exec Michael Winger agrees to become Clippers GM

    ESPN "Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger has reached an agreement in principle to become the general manager of the LA Clippers, league sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The Clippers offered Winger the job late last week, and the sides have agreed on terms for a multiyear..." August 23

  • Smaller-market teams supporting Pacers in tampering case against Lakers

    Larry Brown Sports "The Indiana Pacers are embarking on a noble crusade for the little guy — at least in the eyes of their peers on the NBA totem pole. According to a report by Bob Kravitz of WTHR on Monday, smaller-market teams are supporting the Pacers in their case against the Los Angeles Lakers for allegedly..." August 22

  • Paul George-Lakers tampering investigation reportedly centered around Magic

    CBS Sports "Late Saturday evening, it was reported by Peter Vescey that the Pacers were filing tampering charges against the Lakers over Paul George. Indiana had its hand forced when George reportedly informed the front office he didn't plan to re-sign and his preferred destination was the Lakers. The Pacers..." August 20

  • NBA confirms Lakers under investigation for potential tampering with Paul George

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George is not a member of the the Los Angeles Lakers. Yet. The California native has one year to go on his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder after being traded there by the Indiana Pacers. Rumors have been swirling for months about whether George would stay in Indiana, a new city, or..." August 20

  • LeBron James’ Refusal To Commit To Cavs Cost Them Paul George

    NESN "The Cleveland Cavaliers need help to beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, that much is clear. And while the Cavs reportedly tried to acquire Paul George from the Indiana Pacers this offseason, it appears that LeBron James might be the reason the deal wasn’t completed. FOX..." August 20

  • Clippers Reportedly Offer GM Position to Thunder's Michael Winger

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Oklahoma City Thunder executive Michael Winger. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news, noting the deal could be finalized "soon." Winger, 37, is currently an assistant general manager to Sam..." August 20

  • Pacers file tampering charges against Lakers over Paul George

    Bleacher Report "The Indiana Pacers have reportedly filed charges against the Los Angeles Lakers for tampering with Paul George before the All-Star was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Per NBA journalist Peter Vecsey, Pacers owner Herb Simon filed the charges against the Lakers, and the NBA hired an..." August 20

  • Was Russell Westbrook-Kevin Durant rift 'just a regular NBA problem?'

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant told ESPN that Kyrie Irving wanting out of Cleveland and away from LeBron James is “just a regular NBA problem, right? A lot of teams have gone through this before.” Durant made the comments in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Md., which staged a Durant celebration day. Durant said..." August 18

  • Players Voice Awards 2017: Westbrook voted MVP, LeBron Global Impact Player

    CBS Sports "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook already won the 2017 MVP award earlier this summer, but he added more hardware to his trophy case on Friday by winning the Players Voice Awards MVP. The award is voted on by his peers and given on behalf of the National Basketball Players..." August 18

  • Okla. teacher’s handout: Be more like MJ, not Kevin Durant

    Sportress of Blogitude "A teacher in Tulsa, Okla., clearly is still holding a serious grudge against Kevin Durant over his decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder ahead of the 2016-17 NBA season. How do we know? Said teacher issued a handout to students imploring them to be more like Michael Jordan instead of..." August 18

  • Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant Open With Best Odds to Win 2017-18 MVP

    SI "Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant opened as the favorites to win the 2017-18 NBA MVP award, according to SportsInsights. The former teammates came in at +350, creating a decent gap between themselves and the rest of the pack. Kawhi Leonard is third on the list at +550, followed up by last..." August 16

  • Turkish NBA player responds to white nationalist rally: 'America only needs one torch'

    USA Today "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter isn’t afraid to speak out when he feels strongly about a political issue, as we saw in his home country of Turkey this offseason. But as thousands of protesters gathered in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday — which city officials recently declared an..." August 12

  • Kevin Durant: Playing Against Russ, PG, Adams ‘Is Going To Suck’

    SLAM Online "Warriors star Kevin Durant is not looking forward to playing against the Thunder’s Big Three of Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Steven Adams next season. In an interview with The Athletic, Durant said that facing OKC “is going to suck” for every team in the NBA, including his Warriors:..." August 11

  • Thunder's Patrick Patterson has left knee surgery, will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks

    ESPN "Forward Patrick Patterson, one of the Oklahoma City Thunder's free-agent additions this summer, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Thursday, the team announced. He underwent the surgery in Los Angeles. He will be re-evaluated in four to six weeks, the team said. The Thunder are..." August 10

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Warriors preparing to make a run for Paul George

    CBS Sports "Paul George kindly informed the Indiana Pacers front office this offseason that he had no intentions of re-signing with the team when he hit the free-agent market in 2018, prompting a trade to send him to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis the night..." August 10

  • 2017 NBA Mexico City Games schedule info

    Inside Hoops "The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Zignia Live announced today that NBA Mexico City Games 2017 will feature the Brooklyn Nets playing regular-season games against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, Dec. 7, and the Miami Heat on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico. The..." August 09

  • Drew League turns down Paul George’s request to play in playoffs

    Yardbarker "Most organizations would roll out the red carpet in order to have an NBA star like Paul George make an appearance for them. But that’s not necessarily the case with the Drew League. The famed Los Angeles-based Pro-Am league actually declined Paul George’s request to play in a playoff game on..." August 07

  • 'Kevin Durant Oklahoma Doesn't Hate You!!' ... Says Senator

    TMZ "Dear Kevin Durant, Not everyone in Oklahoma hates your guts. In fact, one of the most powerful people in the state is welcoming you back with open arms ... Senator Jim Inhofe. "Kevin Durant would be welcome back in Oklahoma any time he's willing to come and I want to be the first one he..." August 05

  • Andre Roberson says he has tried underhand free throws

    The Oklahoman "He's tried shooting them underhanded. So if you're going to approach Andre Roberson with free-throw shooting advice — and he'd rather you didn't, but knows from experience that you might — you can scratch that technique off your list. “I tried it in practice,” Roberson said, mimicking a..." August 04

  • Russell Westbrook in OKC, but not expected to sign extension while in town

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook is back in Oklahoma City. Don’t expect the MVP to sign a contract extension with the Thunder while he’s in town. Westbrook arrived in OKC late Wednesday night, but a source told The Oklahoman that the trip is not so he can sign a contract extension. Though Westbrook..." August 03