Thunder Rumors & News

  • Dan Gilbert: Indiana could've 'done better' in Paul George trade

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert suggested Wednesday that the Indiana Pacers could have gotten a better trade package for Paul George than the eventual deal they received from the Oklahoma City Thunder of Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. "I will say Indy could've done better," Gilbert..." July 26

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Report: Pacers offered Paul George for Kyrie Irving

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers think they were close to trading for Paul George, a text message away from completing a three-team trade with the Pacers and Nuggets that would have sent Kevin Love to Denver. But Cleveland could’ve ensured itself George, whom Indiana ultimately dealt to the Thunder. All the Cavs..." July 25

  • Thunder emerge as third Carmelo Anthony trade option

    New York Post "The Knicks could add another team to the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. Anthony had to this point only agreed to be dealt to the Rockets or Cavaliers, but the Thunder reportedly are trying to become a third option. The Ringer’s Bill Simmons reported Monday that Anthony and the Thunder are..." July 24

  • Pacers GM Backed out of Paul George to Cavs, Kevin Love to Nuggets Trade

    Bleacher Report "Indiana Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard reportedly backed out of a three-team trade with the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers that would have sent Paul George to Cleveland and Kevin Love to the Denver Nuggets, according to a report Saturday by Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and..." July 23

  • Lakers Front Office Has Been in Full Paul George and LeBron Mode From the "Day They Took Over"

    The Big Lead "We’ve been on LeBron-to-the-Lakers for over a month now, but Cavs fans kept burying their heads in the sand, thinking it was too long of a shot to be discussed. Here we are, a month after my appearance on the Herd, and Cleveland is imploding. Jimmy Butler briefly wanted to play in Cleveland …..." July 23

  • Cavs rejected Paul George deal & lost out on Chris Paul because of Kyrie Irving

    The Sports Daily "It would be an understatement to say that Kyrie Irving has put the Cleveland Cavaliers in a tough spot. Usually in late July, when summer league is ending and the free agency frenzy has dried up, basketball typically takes a back seat to baseball and the start of football training camp...." July 23

  • Thunder vet Nick Collison signs 1-year deal, leaves the door open for another season

    The Oklahoman "Nick Collison finalized a 1-year deal on Friday. Could there be another one coming? rik Horne Published: July 21, 2017 2:34 PM CDT Updated: July 21, 2017 2:41 PM CDT 89 shares 2 Nick Collison, pictured here in April 2016, hasn't ruled out playing another season after his 1-year deal...." July 22

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Report: Cavaliers were close to trading for Paul George

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Cavaliers were reportedly close to trading for Jimmy Butler. He apparently wasn’t the only star to slip through Cleveland’s grasp this offseason. Though their pursuit of Butler reportedly fell apart when they ousted general manager David Griffin before the draft, the Cavs stayed in the..." July 18

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are friends again

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George said he spoke with Kevin Durant about joining the Thunder, but Oklahoma City’s newest star added he didn’t want to know too much about the Durant-Russell Westbrook relationship. George learned something, though. George on The Woj Pod, as transcribed by Adam Kemp of The..." July 15

  • Thunder, Collison agree to 1-year deal "The Oklahoma City Thunder underwent somewhat of a roster overhaul this summer, trading for Paul George and signing free agents Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton. While changes are afoot in OKC, one constant will be back for the Thunder -- power forward Nick Collison. According to Shams..." July 14

  • Thunder optimistic Russell Westbrook will sign extension

    Larry Brown Sports "Russell Westbrook is eligible to opt out of his current contract after the 2017-2018 season, but the Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly confident they can sign him to an extension before he becomes a free agent. Earlier in the week, Paul George implied that he and Westbrook will make a joint..." July 14

  • Pacers wanted Klay Thompson for Paul George

    San Jose Mercury News "Dealing away Klay Thompson was clearly a non-starter for the Warriors, even when the return package included Paul George. Still, George spent some time thinking about what it would be like to join Golden State. That was before the Pacers traded George to the Thunder, of course. But George..." July 13

  • Paul George: ‘Of course’ I wanted to play in Los Angeles

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul George always seemed to realize he couldn’t control where he’d play next season. The Pacers could have kept him, hoping he’d make an All-NBA team and giving them a chance to offer a super-max contract. They could have traded him to the Celtics or Cavaliers or Rockets. They obviously did deal..." July 13

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Paul George will consider ‘everything’ in free agency next summer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder were willing to risk trading for Paul George even if they only get to keep him for one season, though George insists he has not made up his mind about where he will end up next summer. And those close to him say the star swingman is not lying. Royce Young of ESPN says..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • Russell Westbrook's Thunder Contract Not in Negotiation Process, Sam Presti Says

    Bleacher Report "With Russell Westbrook entering the final guaranteed year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, general manager Sam Presti has offered an update on the status of talks with the 2016-17 NBA MVP. Per's Royce Young, Presti noted he "wouldn't really say that one's a negotiation"..." July 11

  • Paul George says Kevin Durant sold him on OKC: 'That place will blow you away'

    CBS Sports "All-Star forward Paul George, who was traded to the Thunder shortly after the NBA Draft, has already been sold on the organization from an unlikely face who left town for greener pastures a year ago: Kevin Durant. "KD was like, 'That place will blow you away,'" George told Sports Illustrated..." July 11

  • Paul George Doesn't Sound So Sure About the Lakers

    The Big Lead "Paul George will spend the 2017-2018 NBA season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. At the end of the season, George will be a free agent and all indications point to him then signing a deal with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. It’s as close to a guaranteed outcome as there is in sports. At..." July 11

  • Patrick Patterson appears to criticize NBA over Joel Embiid fine

    Larry Brown Sports "At least one fellow NBA big man is not pleased about Joel Embiid’s recent fine for using profanity on social media. In a tweet on Sunday, new Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Patrick Patterson appeared to criticize the NBA over Embiid’s $10,000 fine. Embiid was handed the punishment by..." July 10

  • Taj Gibson Arrested in NYC Driving With Suspended License

    TMZ "Taj Gibson was arrested in NYC early Thursday morning after cops say the NBA star was driving a Mercedes-Benz with a suspended license ... TMZ Sports has learned. Gibson -- who signed a 2yr., $28 million deal with the Timberwolves earlier this week -- allegedly made an illegal u-turn in front..." July 08

  • Thunder Agree To One-Year Deal With Raymond Felton

    Real GM Basketball "Raymond Felton has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Felton spent last season with the Los Angeles Clippers." July 07

  • Kevin Durant takes credit for big contracts for ex-teammates Roberson, Waiters

    CBS Sports "When it launched in 2014, The Players Tribune gave athletes a medium to get their message out to the fans. It doesn't have the word limitations of Twitter, allowing athletes to explain their decisions in full without interruption or the chance of misinterpretation. Kevin Durant, however,..." July 06

  • Andre Roberson defends leaving $14 tip on $500 bill

    Yardbarker "Andre Roberson agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract to remain with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week, and he apparently didn’t feel like blowing more of that than he had to on a restaurant tip. Roberson is the latest victim of a receipt photo gone viral, as the 25-year-old was outed..." July 06

  • Pacers officially trade Paul George to Thunder for Oladipo, Sabonis

    Bleacher Report "The Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder officially finalized the trade between the teams on Thursday that is sending Paul George to the Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. "We feel very strongly about the potential Victor and Domantas bring to our team and what..." July 06

  • Andre Roberson, Thunder Reportedly Agree to 3-Year, $30 Million Contract

    Bleacher Report "Restricted free-agent wing Andre Roberson and the Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly agreed to terms Wednesday on a three-year, $30 million deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Wojnarowski added that he preferred a three-year deal instead of getting a fourth year on the contract...." July 06

  • Why Paul George is ideal Kevin Durant replacement for Thunder

    Sporting News "Two weeks after it was first reported that Paul George planned to leave the Pacers in the summer of 2018, the franchise traded him to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The move came as a surprise to many around the NBA. George had been linked to a number of contenders since..." July 05

  • Report: Rudy Gay prefers to sign with Thunder, but larger offers may win

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rudy Gay is a 30-year-old wing known for volume scoring and not being terribly efficient, the kind of player who can find it hard to get big contracts in an evolving NBA. Then he tore his Achilles. Most players in that situation would have opted into the $14.3 million he was owed by the Kings next..." July 05

  • Report: Patrick Patterson joins Thunder with three-year, $16.4M contract

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have lost free agent power forward Patrick Patterson to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a three-year, $16.4 million contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski." July 05

  • Timberwolves, Taj Gibson reportedly agree to 2-year, $28M deal

    CBS Sports "Tom Thibodeau is getting the band back together. According to The Vertical's Shams Charania, the Minnesota Timberwolves and free agent big man Taj Gibson have agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal. This will reunite Gibson with Thibodeau, his former coach with the Chicago Bulls, and Jimmy Butler,..." July 02

  • The Pacers Trading Paul George For Nothing May Go Down as an All-Time Bad NBA Trade

    The Big Lead "The Atlanta Hawks allegedly offered four 1st round picks – none in the lottery – to the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. They were told no. Depending on whom you talk to, the Boston Celtics allegedly offered two starters (Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder) and two 1st round picks – at..." July 02

  • Did Enes Kanter just report Rudy Gay to OKC?

    USA Today "The Thunder’s Enes Kanter tried to get in on all the NBA free agency reporting by tweeting “league sources” told him something, and then attaching a photo of Russell Westbrook’s locker … with a name plate for Rudy Gay right next to it. While that may make you think that Kanter knows something..." July 02

  • Nick Young fields interest from Warriors, Thunder, Pelicans

    Inside Socal "Will the “Swaggy P era” come close to its conclusion with the Lakers? Nick Young fielded interest from the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and New Orleans Pelicans after free agency began at 9:01 pm PT on Friday, according to league sources familiar with the situation. Though the..." July 02

  • Waiters: Thunder 'played with my life and with my family' last offseason

    SLAM Online "Dion Waiters’ business manager, Chris Clayton, is wearing a shirt of Dion Waiters. More specifically, it’s a black tee showcasing his mean-mugging boss at the defining moment of his season: a snapshot taken moments after Waiters drilled a game-winning, buzzer-beating trey over Klay Thompson back..." July 02

  • Did Pacers have to lose Paul George trade this badly?

    USA Today "The Indiana Pacers weren’t going to trade Paul George and win. That just wasn’t going to happen, so let’s not hold Pacers president Kevin Pritchard to an unfair standard and whine that he didn’t get an equitable return for arguably the most talented player in franchise history. Equitable wasn’t..." July 01

  • Westbrook Reportedly May Delay Signing Contract After George Trade

    Bleacher Report "Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook has a standing contract offer from the team that he will reportedly hold off on signing. USA Today's Sam Amick reported Saturday that Westbrook isn't expected to sign a five-year, $217 million extension with the Thunder right away but that it will..." July 01

  • Report: Thunder interested in Michael Carter-Williams

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder may have their eyes on adding a guard in free agency. According to ESPN's Royce Young, the Thunder are expected to be in contact with Michael Carter-Williams as free agency opens. Carter-Williams, 25, had has option for the 2017-18 season declined by the Bulls..." July 01

  • Thunder Trade For Paul George From Pacers

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded for Paul George from the Indiana Pacers for a package including Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. The Pacers have been attempting to trade George after he informed management he intended to leave the franchise in 2018 to join the Los Angeles Lakers." July 01

  • Clippers, Thunder, Kings Show Interest In Randolph

    Hoops Rumors "Veteran big man Zach Randolph will meet with a host of teams in Los Angeles tonight, David Aldridge of TNT tweets. The Kings, Thunder and Clippers are all said to have an interest in the forward. After a 2016/17 campaign in which he starred off the bench, Randolph’s role with Memphis appears to..." July 01

  • Enes Kanter 'I Woulda Been Murdered In Jail ... If They'd Sent Me Back to Turkey'

    TMZ "Enes Kanter says he'd probably be DEAD if he had been shipped back to Turkey after his passport was canceled last month ... claiming the Turkish govt. is out to kill him. The OKC Thunder star (and outspoken critic of the Turkish govt.) was detained by police in Romania on May 20 -- and has..." June 30

  • Sam Presti being discussed as candidate for Knicks' presidency

    The Oklahoman "Thunder general manager Sam Presti is among the names being discussed in the New York Knicks’ internal conversations as a candidate to replace team president Phil Jackson, according to an ESPN report. Presti and Toronto’s Masai Ujiri are two names the Knicks’ have talked about internally, Ian..." June 29

  • 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

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