Thunder Rumors & News

  • Russell Westbrook: Sam Presti Has Done An Amazing Job

    Real GM Basketball "Russell Westbrook was complimentary of the job Sam Presti has done in rebooting the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason. "He's done an amazing job. He's done a great job ever since I've been here," Westbrook said of Presti." November 22

  • Kevin Durant Plans on Playing vs. Russell Westbrook, Thunder with Ankle Injury

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors superstar Kevin Durant is listed as probable to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, per Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, and made his intentions clear earlier in the day. "I feel good right now," he said. "I plan on playing." The Warriors star sat out..." November 22

  • Injuries and chemistry issues are causing a disturbance in the once-dominant Western Conference

    Washington Post "For years, the Western Conference has reigned supreme over its Eastern counterpart, consistently having better top-end teams and more impressive depth from top to bottom. But while the two best teams in the NBA are generally considered to be the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets (though..." November 22

  • Steven Adams says Thunder late-game struggles on him, not Westbrook/George/Anthony

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the first half of games this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have the best defense in the NBA, allowing just 91.7 points per 100 possessions. In those first 24 minutes, the Thunder are outscoring teams by 12.7 points per 100 possessions, second best in the NBA (Houston is first). However,..." November 22

  • Kevin Durant on playing in OKC: ‘I learned how to tune out the crowd’

    Sportsnaut "Kevin Durant and his Golden State Warriors will take on the conference rival Oklahoma City Thunder for the first time this season on Thursday. It’s not your normal regular season basketball game. Bitterness remains at a near all-time high after Durant left the Thunder for the eventual NBA..." November 21

  • Tony Allen: Russell Westbrook ‘Definitely Flopped’ vs DeMarcus Cousins

    SLAM Online "DeMarcus Cousins was booted out of Monday night’s game in OKC after referees determined that he elbowed Russell Westbrook in the head. Tony Allen was pretty sure that Russ flopped in order to draw the flagrant foul on his Pelicans teammate. New Orleans withstood Boogie’s ejection and held on..." November 21

  • Thunder center Steven Adams to return vs. Spurs

    ESPN "Oklahoma City Thunder starting center Steven Adams will return Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs after missing the past three games, coach Billy Donovan said. Adams has been out with a bruise to his right calf. Rookie Dakari Johnson has been starting in Adams' place." November 17

  • ‘Still OKC’ Kevin Durant: ‘Ain’t no such thing’ as loyalty

    Sportress of Blogitude "Kevin Durant insists he still has love for the Oklahoma City Thunder, saying that “blue is going to be in my blood forever.” While some would argue the superstar is being disingenuous with that comment given he spurned the Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors ahead of last season, Durant..." November 17

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • La La Anthony on Why She Doesn't Feed Into the 'Bullsh*t' Rumors About Her and Carmelo

    Complex "2017 hasn’t been a great year for Carmelo and La La Anthony. Back in April, the couple reportedly split after seven years of marriage when Carmelo cheated on La La and got another woman pregnant. And while La La hasn’t been in any rush to divorce Carmelo, it seems as though they are still..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Paul George says the Thunder are "starting to come together"

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder have been up-and-down throughout the first 14 games this season. However, the Thunder are currently riding a three-game winning streak. Most recently, Oklahoma City defeated the Chicago Bulls 92-79 on Wednesday night. Star forward Paul George said after the game that..." November 16

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Cavs Rejected Pacers' Offer Of Paul George For Kyrie Irving

    Real GM Basketball "During their trade discussions in June involving Paul George, the Indiana Pacers asked for Kyrie Irving on several occasions and the Cleveland Cavaliers told them he wasn't available. Irving requested a trade approximately eight days after George was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder...." November 14

  • Paul George got Russell Westbrook the best birthday present

    Larry Brown Sports "What do you get for the man who has it all? Paul George knows the answer. Russell Westbrook celebrated his 29th birthday on Sunday, and the day was even sweeter thanks to his Oklahoma City Thunder beating the Dallas Mavericks 112-99. Asked after the game what he got Westbrook for his..." November 13

  • Carmelo Anthony passes Allen Iverson on all-time scoring list

    Yardbarker "The Oklahoma City Thunder are struggling. However, that isn’t stopping Carmelo Anthony from making history. With a three-pointer on Thursday night against the team that drafted him (Denver), Carmelo would move into No. 24 on the NBA All-time scoring list. Of course, he would have to pass Allen..." November 10

  • Thunder Unlikely To Afford Current Roster Beyond 17-18

    Real GM Basketball "The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to continue with their current trajectory of an expensive roster and the luxury tax ramifications. The Thunder will have a luxury tax bill of approximately $25 million this season and it would be even higher in 18-19. The Thunder signed Russell Westbrook..." November 10

  • Thunder hold closed-door team meeting after fourth straight loss

    CBS Sports "The new-look Oklahoma City Thunder have not gotten off to quite the start everyone expected this season. After losing their fourth straight game on Thursday night to the Denver Nuggets, the Thunder are now 4-7, ahead of only the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Dallas Mavericks in the Western..." November 10

  • Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Billy Donovan Fined $15k for Criticizing Refs

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced Wednesday that Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan were all fined $15,000 for criticizing officials following Sunday's 103-99 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, according to the Oklahoman's Erik Horne. The Associated Press' Brian..." November 08

  • Paul George on Thunder’s slow start: “We have a whole year to figure it out”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Oklahoma City Thunder have the second best defense in the NBA, allowing less than a point per possession (96.9 per 100 possessions). They are long, athletic, and have a big backstop in Steven Adams in the paint. Yet, they are just 4-6. Tuesday night, they lost to a Sacramento Kings team..." November 08

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Officials explain reasoning behind Carmelo Anthony’s Flagrant 2

    Fanrag Sports "Carmelo Anthony appeared to be on the wrong side of a call during Sunday night’s road game against the Portland Trailblazers. The first-year Oklahoma City Thunder forward drove to the bucket and made contact with the upper body and primarily the head of Jusuf Nurkic, subsequently being slapped..." November 06

  • Thunder To Decline Josh Huestis’ 2018/19 Option

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder will not exercise their fourth-year option for 2018/19 on forward Josh Huestis, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. The move will put Huestis on track to reach unrestricted free agency in the summer of ’18. The 29th overall pick in 2014, Huestis would already be in..." November 01

  • Thunder Trade Exception Set To Expire

    Hoops Rumors "A traded player exception created a year ago by the Thunder is set to expire, as Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets. If it goes unused today, the TPE – which allows Oklahoma City to acquire a player without sending out any salary in return – will disappear. The Thunder initially generated the exception..." November 01

  • Josh Huestis, Brice Johnson, Rashad Vaughn also have team options declined

    Pro Basketball Talk "Players selected in the first round of the NBA draft who sign within three years are given a contract set by the Collective Bargaining Agreement – two guaranteed seasons followed by two team options. Because the team owners and veteran players who negotiate the CBA are incentivized to keep more..." November 01

  • Jason Kidd: Relentless Russell Westbrook the 'Mike Tyson of basketball'

    Sporting News "Basketball players aren’t often compared to boxers, but that’s exactly what Bucks coach Jason Kidd did prior to his team’s game against the Thunder on Tuesday. Kidd, a former NBA All-Star point guard, said Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook is the “Mike Tyson of basketball” because..." November 01

  • Carmelo Anthony's 'Get the f— out of here' rebounding yells crack up new Thunder teammate

    Sporting News "Carmelo Anthony is famous for cursing on the court, especially when rebounding. If you haven't heard him in action, check out the many YouTube videos on the topic (stating the obvious, these videos are NSFW and definitely not kid friendly). So while Anthony's salty language is no secret..." October 30

  • Westbrook now has triple-double against every NBA team he's played

    Bleacher Report "Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded a triple-double against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, giving him a triple-double against all 29 other NBA teams. The Thunder announced the feat after Westbrook registered 12 points, 13 assists and 13 rebounds in just 28 minutes..." October 29

  • OKC Thunder plane damaged in mid-air, everyone safe

    CBS Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder had a scary situation late Friday night. Following their loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team flew from Minneapolis to Chicago, where they will play the Bulls on Saturday night. Along the way, their airplane was damaged in mid-air, with the nose of the plane..." October 28

  • How new NBA rules have messed up Russell Westbrook's free throw shooting

    CBS Sports "For the most part, Russell Westbrook has picked up right where he left off last season when he averaged a triple-double and won his first MVP award with the Thunder. He's already got two triple-doubles this season, and is averaging 19.3 points, 11.7 assists, and 9.3 rebounds per game. One area..." October 26

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • Paul George opens up about leaving Pacers: 'Things could have been done a lot better'

    Indianapolis Star "Paul George says he is happy, but many Indiana Pacers fans remain unhappy with him. There was no way to reconcile those conflicting emotions, as George prepared to play his first game against the Pacers on Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena. George was smiling and had the aura of a man..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • Isaiah Canaan To Sign With Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "12:15pm: Canaan and the Rockets have reached an agreement on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, tweets Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. 12:07pm: The lone opening on the Rockets’ 15-man NBA roster is expected to be filled soon, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com, who reports (via..." October 24

  • Paul George comments on Karl-Anthony Towns' illegal screen that officials didn't call

    Give Me Sport "The Minnesota Timberwolves have improved their record on the season to 2-1 thanks to a win against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, but many people believe their second win of the campaign came in controversial fashion. With four seconds remaining on the clock, Carmelo Anthony had..." October 23

  • Carmelo Anthony: Knicks fans have ‘no reason’ to boo me at MSG

    Sportsnaut "Oklahoma City’s newest superstar, Carmelo Anthony, has some high expectations for his return trip to Madison Square Garden later this year. The former New York Knicks star doesn’t think fans in the Big Apple have any reason to boo him when he plays there later this year on December 16...." October 20

  • Carmelo Anthony gives Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis some advice for being the man

    Newsday "Carmelo Anthony tried to groom Kristaps Porzingis the past two years, knowing that he someday would replace him as the Knicks’ franchise player. Now that he has, Anthony called it “a big, big year” for Porzingis and had some advice. “You’re there. You’re the unicorn. You’ve got to embrace it,”..." October 20

  • Carmelo Anthony explains why he didn't pick Trail Blazers

    Oregonian "Marc Stein of the New York Times joined me on the Bald Faced Truth radio show to talk about his in-depth discussion with Carmelo Anthony recently. Stein said Anthony's desire to not come to Portland was rooted in family, not basketball. "We had a fair bit of discussion about Portland...,"..." October 20

  • Porzingis: Melo taught me not to 'give a sh--' about drama

    ESPN "A few months before Carmelo Anthony was traded to Oklahoma City, the New York Knicks -- along with every other team in the league -- were asked by the players' union to vote for the 2017 Teammate of the Year Award. New York's pick? Yup, you guessed it: Melo, who just so happens to open the..." October 19

  • Melo: 'No support' from Knicks, Phil would've traded me 'for a bag of chips'

    New York Times "Russell Westbrook and Paul George were teammates for nearly three months before Carmelo Anthony finally blessed the capital of Oklahoma as a destination worthy of waiving his no-trade clause. The mere opportunity to team up with Westbrook and George and form a potential Superteam, as they’re..." October 18

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Kristaps Porzingis: I’ll guard Carmelo, but it won’t be easy

    New York Post "The student will square off against the master in Oklahoma City on Thursday night in the Knicks’ deliciously compelling season opener. With Carmelo Anthony lining up at power forward in the Thunder’s small-ball lineup, Porzingis said he will defend his former teammate at the outset. At..." October 18

  • Thunder Signs PJ Dozier to Two-Way Contract

    NBA.com "The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed guard PJ Dozier to a two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In two seasons at South Carolina, Dozier (6-6, 205) appeared in 70 games (64..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Caron Butler "D-Wade Considered OKC, Lakers ... Before Signing w/ Cavs"

    TMZ "Dwyane Wade was REALLY close to heading west instead of reuniting with his bestie LeBron James this off-season ... so says ex-NBA star Caron Butler. TMZ Sports spoke with Tuff Juice about his convo with Wade before he made his decision to join the Cavs ... and he says Wade was seriously..." October 15

  • Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan to be waived by Thunder

    247 Sports "It looks like the Oklahoma City Thunder want to keep that 15th roster spot open. According to Royce Young, the Thunder plan to waive both Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan by the non-guaranteed contract deadline set for tomorrow. Christon and Canaan were competing for the backup point guard..." October 14

  • Donovan stands behind Westbrook's 'easy to defend' style

    The Oklahoman "The Thunder went winless against Golden State last season. In those games, the Warriors supposedly found it easy to deal with Russell Westbrook. Jack McCallum's new book “Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors and the California Dreamers who Reinvented Basketball” cites anonymous Warriors..." October 13

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Thunder Sign Yannis Morin, Chris Wright

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder have inked a pair of players to contracts, announcing in a press release that center Yannis Morin and forward Chris Wright have been added to the roster. Having waived three players earlier today, Oklahoma City has already filled two of those newly-created openings, bringing the roster..." October 11