Thunder Rumors & News

  • NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

    CSN Washington "Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks. KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted..." May 26

  • Kupchak compares Clarkson to Westbrook "Late last season, Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke of Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson in the same breath as Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook, saying that while Clarkson wasn't on the same level, he did at least play a similar style and have similar athleticism. Now..." May 23

  • 2014-2015 All NBA Teams named "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the 2014-15 All-NBA First Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the NBA in Player Impact Estimate (PIE), which measures a player's overall statistical contribution..." May 21

  • Behind the Scenes of the NBA Draft Lottery

    Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21

  • Sources: Scott Brooks passing on interviews, likely sitting out next season

    Yahoo! Sports "Former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks plans to pass on interview chances with the Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans and appears inclined to sit out the 2015-16 season, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Brooks, 49, wants to coach again but plans to take the year to look at..." May 20

  • Why NBA Has So Many Dumb Rules--And Won't Change Them "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Yahoo Sources: Another ex-head coach and past Oklahoma City assistant emerging as a possible candidate for Billy Donovan's staff: Mo Cheeks.

  • Thunder coach Billy Donovan targeting Monty Williams, top assistants for staff

    Yahoo! Sports "After locking in three members of his new coaching staff, Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan is pursuing an ambitious list of ex-NBA head coaches and assistant coaches for the two most prominent roles on his bench, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan has a targeted interest in..." May 17

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    Jon Hamm @JonMHamm

    Translation: Thunder prospect Alex Abrines signs new deal through 2019 with FC Barcelona, apparently w/high buyout.

  • Can Andre Roberson be the best defender in the NBA?

    The Oklahoman "Andre Roberson made a bit of a bold statement before heading off for summer vacation. He delivered it with the utmost conviction and the ultimate confidence. “I see myself as possibly being the best defender in this league if I put my mind to it,” the Thunder shooting guard said. If your..." May 14

  • Worn out Serge Ibaka should benefit from an extended offseason

    The Oklahoman "If the Spurs would have beaten the Pelicans on that final night or if any of those close losses had gone the Thunder’s way, Serge Ibaka’s season likely wouldn’t have ended with that early March knee scope. The Thunder big man had been ramping up activity during the season’s final weeks and, if..." May 13

  • Josh Huestis could stay in D-League for 2015-16

    Welcome To Loud City "Why Huestis is on the Blue Josh Huestis was selected by the Thunder last Summer with the 29th pick in the NBA Draft. As a first round pick, Huestis was supposed to sign a league mandated four year rookie contract. But Huestis elected to forego the guaranteed contract and sign with the Oklahoma..." May 11

  • Report: Florida assistant Anthony Grant to join Billy Donovan's Thunder staff

    The Oklahoman "In Friday’s paper, we took a look at some possible candidates to join Billy Donovan’s soon to be compiled coaching staff. You can read that by clicking here. Among those listed was Anthony Grant, a long-time assistant and friend of Donovan’s. Late Thursday night, a report from The Gainesville..." May 08

  • Thunder GM Presti reiterates he plans to re-sign Enes Kanter

    Pro Basketball Talk "Oklahoma City liked what they saw from Enes Kanter this season. Well, at least on the offensive end. The Thunder have wanted more scoring out of the center spot for a while (Kendrick Perkins was not that guy) and Kanter averaged 18.7 points and 11 rebounds a game after he was traded to OKC. He..." May 08

  • Report: NBA in negotiations with “global sports betting companies” to partner in Europe

    Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

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    Dwain Price @DwainPrice

    The MVP vote finished: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. LeBron 4. Westbrook, 5. Davis. I voted: 1. Curry 2. Harden 3. Westbrook 4. LeBron 5. Davis.

  • Billy Donovan calls jump from Florida to NBA an 'exciting challenge'

    ABC News "After touring the arena floor with owner Clay Bennett, new Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan was formally introduced Friday, calling his jump from the University of Florida to the NBA an "exciting challenge." "It's been a complete whirlwind for me the last four or five days," Donovan..." May 02

  • Donovan answers the first of likely many questions about Kevin Durant's looming free agency

    The Oklahoman "Aboutt 20 minutes into his first press conference as head coach of the Thunder, he was already peppered with the question that’ll soon define and engulf the next 15 months of his career. How do you deal with Kevin Durant’s impending free agency? Billy Donovan hasn’t met most of his players...." May 02

  • Mychal Thompson says Warriors will make a 'serious run' at Kevin Durant "Klay Thompson's father Mychal Thompson has multiple ties to the Warriors organization. So when he says that the team is going to make a "hard" run at Thunder forward Kevin Durant when Durant reaches free agency in 2016, it's probably a good idea to listen. Via Warriors World's transcription from..." May 02

  • Why Billy Donovan decided to finally jump to the NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Billy Donovan listened to every pitch a year ago – the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Detroit Pistons – and forever found a reason to turn jobs down. From rosters to geography to ownership styles, Donovan passed with an understanding that Oklahoma City loomed in the..." May 02

  • Kevin Durant talks about new Thunder coach Billy Donovan

    The Oklahoman "Kevin Durant on Thursday expressed excitement about the hiring of Billy Donovan as Thunder coach, saying he can’t wait to get started with Donovan. Here’s a full transcript of what Durant said about Donovan. Q: What was your reaction when you heard the news? A: I was excited. When you don't..." May 01

  • Sources: Florida's Billy Donovan finalizing deal to become Thunder coach

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Florida coach Billy Donovan is finalizing a contract to become head coach of the Oklahoma CIty Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports. After 19 years and two national titles at Florida, Donovan will sign a multiyear deal to take over the Thunder, sources said. The..." April 30

  • Billy Donovan agrees on a five-year deal to become Thunder coach

    Yahoo! Sports "Billy Donovan has agreed to a five-year deal to become head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told Yahoo Sports. After 19 years and two national titles at the University of Florida, Donovan is leaving for the NBA. The expectations for Donovan are immediate and massive: He must..." April 30

  • Only ‘unforeseen collapse’ could keep Thunder from hiring Billy Donovan

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Thunder appear to be headed toward hiring Billy Donovan. Oklahoma City general Sam Presti has known Donovan for years, and if Donovan intends to leave Florida for the NBA, he won’t get a better opportunity than this. It’s difficult to see what would stand in the way at this point. Marc..." April 30

  • Billy Donovan seriously interested in leaving Gators for NBA, sources say "Billy Donovan is leaning strongly toward taking the Oklahoma City Thunder coaching job, according to sources in both the pro and college game. Sources told on Wednesday that Donovan has left little doubt he's seriously interested in the prospect of making the move now to the NBA to..." April 29

  • Sources: Thunder preparing offer, pushing to hire Billy Donovan

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are preparing an offer for Florida coach Billy Donovan and pushing for him to accept the job as head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Donovan is the only serious candidate in general manager Sam Presti’s search, and the two-time national championship coach is..." April 29

  • Report: Kevin Durant on board with potential Billy Donovan hiring

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder appear close to hiring Florida coach Billy Donovan, which seems just fine with their biggest superstar. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Thunder are preparing an offer for Donovan and that Donovan is “enthusiastic” about the job. Woj also noted that..." April 29

  • Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant has reached out to multiple former Florida players about Billy Donovan, according to sources. Donovan is considered the only serious candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching vacancy. Durant has become generally positive about the potential hiring of Donovan." April 29

  • Thunder interested in Florida and UConn — and it has nothing to do with players

    The Oklahoman "Sam Presti and the Thunder spent this season showing significant interest in something at both the University of Florida and the University of Connecticut. And neither school has a player that is expected to be drafted. That didn’t stop the Thunder general manager and other team executives..." April 28

  • Would Oklahoma City consider Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle?

    Welcome To Loud City "The search has just begun, and Jim Carey (I mean Rick Carlisle) could be the answer to all the that woes the Thunder. At the conclusion of the playoffs, he will have one year remaining on his contract that pays him $4.6 million a year. Carlisle has enjoyed immense success throughout stops in..." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

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    Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

    UConn's Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.

  • P.J. Carlesimo says Thunder made 'terrible decision' firing Scott Brooks

    The Oklahoman "The only other head coach in Thunder history says the organization made a “terrible decision” in firing Scott Brooks. Former Thunder coach P.J. Carlesimo, who’s now an NBA analyst for ESPN, said Wednesday on the network that the Thunder “made it impossible for Scott Brooks to coach.” Brooks..." April 23

  • Kevin Durant posts statement on Instagram about Scott Brooks firing

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant posted a note on Instagram Wednesday in which he expressed his feelings about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s firing of coach Scott Brooks. Though Durant said he supported the team’s decision to make the move, he acknowledged how difficult it is. “Today was tough for me. While I..." April 23

  • Report: Thunder have pursued Kevin Ollie for a year

    Pro Basketball Talk "Thunder general manager Scott Presti went out his way to say he didn’t fire Scott Brooks due to this season. But if this season – which was marred by injuries and ended outside the playoffs – wasn’t the excuse to dump Brooks, why did Brooks get to coach it in the first place? Maybe because..." April 23

  • Sam Presti confident the Thunder will keep Enes Kanter moving forward

    The Oklahoman "The firing of Scott Brooks ruled the Thunder headlines on Wednesday. But during Sam Presti’s press conference discussing the decision and impending coaching search, he also briefly delved into another move that is key for this franchise moving forward — Enes Kanter’s free agency. Kanter is..." April 23

  • Thunder to Target Billy Donovan

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder has fired head coach Scott Brooks, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Thunder general manager Sam Presti traveled to meet Brooks near his California home on Wednesday and delivered the news, sources told Yahoo Sports. Presti's decision wasn't a reflection of the job..." April 22

  • Thunder fire head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons

    Fox Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons. Thunder general manager Sam Presti traveled to meet Brooks in California on Wednesday to deliver the news in person, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported. "This is an extremely..." April 22

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Thunder say center Enes Kanter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will be sidelined 4-6 weeks.

  • Thunder Considering Kevin Ollie As Replacement For Scott Brooks

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" by the Oklahoma City Thunder for their head coaching job. Scott Brooks has been head coach of the Thunder since the 08-09 season when he replaced P.J. Carlesimo. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Thunder are considering making a change from Brooks." April 21

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Brooks: Serge Ibaka most likely couldn't have played in first round of NBA Playoffs

    Welcome To Loud City "When Serge Ibaka initially prepared to heal his knee on March 16th, the expectation was that he would be ready for the post-season. It appears things have gone awry. From Scott Brooks' exit interview with the media: Reporter: "How close is Serge to being able to play, and what's his status..." April 19

  • 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 "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