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  • Durant 'didn't really notice' 1st time playing with Thompson, Green

    The Score "It was only for a short two-minute span, but for the first time since agreeing to sign with the 73-win Golden State Warriors near the start of free agency, Kevin Durant was on the floor in an actual game with his new teammates in Draymond Green and Klay Thompson for the U.S. men's Olympic..." July 23

  • Kevin Durant jerseys selling for 48 cents at Oklahoma City store

    San Jose Mercury News "Rub two quarters together, hand them over and, viola, you get a Kevin Durant jersey. A store in Oklahoma City sold the former Thunder star's jersey for 48 cents, or 99 percent off the $69.99 tag price, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell. Even though Oklahoma is unhappy with Durant for joining..." July 22

  • Remember When Kevin Durant Wasn't a Tupac Fan?

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant now has a giant Tupac tattoo on his left leg. This is something only a giant Tupac fan would have on his body forever. Or so one would think. Durant explained the inspiration for the ink and it’s quite cerebral." July 22

  • Kevin Durant Cites 'Shoe War' As Factor In Withdrawing From 2014 World Cup

    Real GM Basketball "Kevin Durant's decision to pull out of the 2014 FIBA World Cup following the injury to Paul George received scrutiny. Durant said he was distracted even after arriving for training camp and he "felt weird" after returning to Los Angeles following George's injury. “I was tired. I felt like I..." July 21

  • Bucks reportedly discussed Westbrook trade involving "significant assets," backed off over extension refusal

    Brew Hoop "The Milwaukee Bucks were reportedly among the teams to recently discuss a trade for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook, according to Adam Joseph yesterday on Twitter: The Thunder's asking price remains very high, as expected. Although the Bucks have a few highly valuable assets such..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

  • Celtics more likely to land Okafor than Westbrook, Griffin

    The Score "The Boston Celtics have plenty of picks and good players, and they may be looking to part with some assets in order to obtain a great player. While they've been linked to stars like Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin, it's believed the player who's most likely to land in Boston via a..." July 20

  • Thunder's Kanter: I'm getting death threats on Twitter

    The Score "Oklahoma City Thunder center Enes Kanter said recently - in Turkish on Twitter - that he's been receiving death threats in the wake of last week's failed coup in his native Turkey. A faction of the Turkish military attempted Friday to overthrow the government led by president Recep Tayyip..." July 20

  • Report: Thunder want to pair Blake Griffin with Westbrook

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder are doing everything they can to avoid slipping into rebuilding mode now that Kevin Durant has left. If they can convince Russell Westbrook to stay beyond the upcoming season, they will try to bring in another superstar to pair with him. The Thunder rescinded their..." July 20

  • Would Nets be interested in Dion Waiters? Doubt it

    Nets Daily "In a bit of a shocker, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Thunder rescinded their free agent rights to Dion Waiters, their free agent shooting guard. And Woj suggested the Nets could be interested. But the Nets haven't had any real interest in Waiters, a 6'4" shooting guard. There were..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant: Lakers are “couple years away from where I wanted to be”

    L.A. Daily News "The Lakers chased another star. Once again, that star ran away. This time, the reasons had nothing to do with personality conflicts with teammates, salary or a poor sales pitch in its meeting. Kevin Durant did not grant the Lakers a meeting at all namely because he figured it would be a waste..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Kevin Durant says he stayed in bed for two days after choosing Warriors

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Durant considered the Warriors for months. Golden State players recruited him throughout the season. He met with the Warriors in the Hamptons. He had all the knowledge to make a sound decision, one he could feel good about. And it seemed he did. Choosing Golden State appeared to be..." July 19

  • Durant opens up about free agency, criticism, Westbrook

    USA Today "Two weeks later, we still didn’t have many answers about Kevin Durant’s decision to leave Oklahoma City behind and form the NBA’s latest super team with the Golden State Warriors. His introductory news conference in Oakland on July 7 was the kind of controlled spectacle that makes it tough for..." July 19

  • Report: Waiters becomes UFA as Thunder rescind qualifying offer

    The Score "The Oklahoma City Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to shooting guard Dion Waiters, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In so doing, the Thunder renounce their matching rights on Waiters, and allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. Wojnarowski speculates that..." July 19

  • Russell Westbrook ‘Ticked Off’ Kevin Durant Left

    SLAM Online "Russell Westbrook trade rumors dominated the headlines last week as reports came out that the Celtics are a likely destination for the superstar guard. However, Westbrook has not publicly stated that he wants to be anywhere else but OKC. The Thunder front office now face a conundrum: either the..." July 19

  • Examining the tricky case of Russell Westbrook

    The Oklahoman "Back in February 2011, Carmelo Anthony, a soon-to-be free agent, was on the block. He'd made clear his intentions to leave Denver in the offseason. The Nuggets weren't a contender. So a trade seemed to make sense for both sides, finding Carmelo a new home while jumpstarting a Denver..." July 18

  • Alex Abrines has a three-year $18 m. deal with OKC

    EuroHoops.net "Alex Abrines and Oklahoma City Thunder have a deal. The Spanish forward has agreed to terms for a three year contract which will pay him near $18 million in total. Of course with this kind of money, his buy out from Barcelona can be easily covered and he will follow his teammate, Tomas..." July 18

  • Warriors were surprised to nab Kevin Durant

    CBS Sports "Now that the Kevin Durant free-agency dust has settled, let’s be real: did Golden State actually think it could land this offseason’s most coveted player? “Well, I think we had hope,” Warriors President and COO Rick Welts said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “We, like every other team,..." July 17

  • Magic's Serge Ibaka says he's safe during attempted military coup in Turkey

    Orlando Sentinel "Serge Ibaka, who is visiting Turkey, reports he and others are “safe” as a military coup is underway in the country. The Orlando Magic big man is in Antalya, Turkey, to support and attend a charity soccer match Saturday organized by Cameroonian professional soccer player Samuel Eto’o. On Friday..." July 16

  • Report: Celtics have not discussed Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin ‘in quite some time’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Celtics continue to be linked to big names, but it sounds like any moves remain far off. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported Thursday that, while the Celtics have had interest in the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, nothing is imminent and no..." July 15

  • Randy Foye, Nets Agree Upon One-Year Deal

    Real GM Basketball "Randy Foye has agreed upon a one-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets. Foye spent the end of last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder after a trade from the Denver Nuggets." July 14

  • Andre Iguodala: The Thunder Were the Best Team in NBA Playoffs Last Season

    Complex "Which team was the best team in the NBA Playoffs last season? Was it the Warriors, the team that finished 73-9 during the regular season, or the Cavaliers, the team that beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals after rebounding from a 3-1 series deficit? The obvious answer is the Cavs..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook’s Contract Is Potential Issue For Celtics

    NESN "Any time there’s a chance to acquire a top-five NBA player such as Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook via trade, it should be pursued. The Celtics, according to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, are the “most likely destination” for Westbrook if the Thunder actually decide to move..." July 14

  • Considering Russell Westbrook's future after Kevin Durant broke his Thunder buddy's heart

    Yahoo! Sports "If you were Robin, and Batman was like, “Hey, man, it’s been fun, but I think I’m going to go and join the Avengers now, so I guess I’ll see you later,” you’d probably be like, “Hey, what the hell, Batman?” So, you can imagine how Russell Westbrook feels after Thunder teammate Kevin Durant left..." July 14

  • Russell Westbrook likely to be traded; Celtics the frontrunner

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Oklahoma City Thudner believe Russell Westbrook is going to leave next summer in free agency, the best thing they can do is trade him and get something in return. One report indicates Westbrook may have already played his last game in OKC. Howard Beck of Bleacher Report spoke to multiple..." July 14

  • Kevin Durant on Russell Westbrook: “Our relationship probably won’t ever be the same again”

    Pro Basketball Talk "The level of tension between Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook often was overstated — they got along well. They weren’t Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble close, and the two alpha’s had some tension on the court at points, but their relationship was better than plenty of other star duos in the..." July 13

  • Westbrook Trade Could Come 'Sooner Rather Than Later'

    Bleacher Report "When Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors, he also left a huge vacancy on the OKC roster. In the wake of KD's departure, Russell Westbrook might soon follow suit. But will it happen sooner or later? Will the Thunder trade him to get something in return?..." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Lakers think they can sign Russell Westbrook next summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Los Angeles Lakers continue to aim high for their free agents. ESPN’s Chris Broussard told MSG recently that the Lakers firmly believe they can lure Russell Westbrook back to southern California as a free agent in the summer of 2017. “The Lakers think they can sign him,” Broussard said...." July 12

  • Thunder not shopping Russell Westbrook 'in the short term'

    The Oklahoman "What is the Thunder going to do with Russell Westbrook? With Kevin Durant off to Golden State, the question has been raised as to whether or not the Thunder should trade Westbrook and begin the rebuilding process. Westbrook hasn't given any indication publicly as to what his thoughts are on..." July 11

  • LeBron Predicted Kevin Durant Would Leave the Thunder 2 Years Ago

    Obsev "Back in 2014, LeBron James called that the Oklahoma City Thunder would lose Kevin Durant in free agency. After a Game 5 loss to Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs put their team down 3-2, The Oklahoman published a now infamous hack job of an article criticizing Durant which..." July 09

  • Knicks knew they didn’t have a shot at Kevin Durant... this offseason

    New York Daily News "The Knicks never met with Kevin Durant because, according to GM Steve Mills, they weren't going to be considered as a serious destination for the former MVP. However, Mills revealed Friday that the Knicks believed they were in the mix if Durant became a free agent next year - and were ready to..." July 09

  • Report: Westbrook ‘determined’ to lead Thunder, is not available for trade

    Larry Brown Sports "It sounds like you can pump the brakes on those Russell Westbrook trade rumors. The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski told “The Herd” on Friday that he has heard Westbrook is embracing the challenge of leading the Oklahoma City Thunder after Kevin Durant’s departure and will not be traded. “I..." July 08

  • Warriors credit Steve Nash for helping to land Durant

    SI "Last fall, the Warriors hired a famous person for an obscure position, tabbing two-time MVP Steve Nash as a player development consultant. The job description was as amorphous as the title suggests. Nash worked out a bit with Klay Thompson. He sent texts to Steph Curry. A few days every month he..." July 08

  • Mitch McGary suspended five games by NBA for failed drug test

    The Oklahoman "The disappointing start to Mitch McGary's career and the Thunder's disappointing offseason continued on Friday afternoon. McGary, OKC's first round pick in 2014, was suspended for the first five games of next season by the NBA for a failed drug test. "I clearly made a mistake and for that I..." July 08

  • Stephen Curry: Warriors are prepared to be villains

    San Jose Mercury News "Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was integral in the recruiting of Kevin Durant. The former Oklahoma City star said he chose the Warriors because Curry made it clear he was welcomed. I caught up with Curry and got his thoughts on the Warriors’ big addition – how it happened and what it..." July 08

  • Kevin Durant’s father gives advice to son: ‘Be selfish’

    The Undefeated "Wayne Pratt gave his son, Kevin Durant, a specific piece of advice before NBA free agency began July 1. He wanted him to do something out of character for the coveted basketball star. “Be selfish.” “‘For once in your life be selfish and think about yourself,’” Pratt said he told his son...." July 08

  • Kevin Durant says Russell Westbrook 'respected' decision to leave Thunder

    USA Today "At Kevin Durant's Golden State Warriors introductory press conference on Thursday, he informed the media that he has, in fact, spoken to former teammate Russell Westbrook since making the decision to part ways with the team where he spent all nine of his NBA seasons. A decision that, although..." July 07

  • Russell Westbrook Is The Most Realistic Lakers Free Agency Target In Years

    Lakers Nation "By now, fans of the Los Angeles Lakers are tired of all the free agency rumors which never turn out to be true. Every year, there is wild speculation that every top player in the league wants to join the Lakers. Sophisticated fans are no longer fooled: they know the Lakers are not in a position to..." July 07

  • Warriors' Kevin Durant won't go through free agency again: 'I plan on being here'

    CBS Sports "Kevin Durant signed a two-year contract with the Golden State Warriors with a player option after the first season, but that doesn't mean this will just be a temporary partnership. After his introductory press conference on Thursday, Durant told reporters that he has no interest in going through..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Durant's Friendship With Draymond Bothered Thunder Teammates

    The Big Lead "Kevin Durant left the Oklahoma City Thunder just a few days ago and already stories are pouring out about his time there. While most of those tales should be taken with a grain of salt, one popped up makes a ton of sense. Apparently Durant’s teammates in Oklahoma City were irked by his friendship..." July 07

  • Reggie Miller on KD Leaving OKC for “Cheap Jewelry”

    Black Sports Online "All the guys who don’t have rings are upset at Kevin Durant trying to get a ring. That isn’t a coincidence. Reggie Miller is the latest. In a nutshell Miller said that Durant sold out, giving up a legacy for a chance at “cheap jewelry” — an NBA championship ring. “At the end of the day,..." July 06

  • Kevin Durant Joined the Warriors to Rid Himself of the BasedGod's Curse

    Complex "Kevin Durant’s journey to the Bay area actually began way back on January 29, 2011. Young KD was somewhat of a 140-character savant back in the Wild West days of Twitter. Back in the days when a young athlete could roast someone for the hell of it and not make the news, KD was one of the best...." July 06

  • Charles Barkley: Kevin Durant trying to cheat his way to championship

    Sportsnaut "Charles Barkley isn’t a fan of Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors in free agency this summer. In fact, he’s going so far as to say Durant is trying to “cheat his way into a championship.” Barkley never won an NBA title in his illustrious 16-year NBA career. So it’s..." July 06

  • Exec: Westbrook '100% Gone' From Thunder No Matter Durant's Decision

    Real GM Basketball "The basketball relationship of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook played a part in the former's decision to leave the Golden State Warriors for the Oklahoma City Thunder. One person close to Durant and Russell Westbrook said their relationship is “kind of complicated.” Said another Western..." July 06

  • Durant Reportedly Thought The Thunder Had ‘Plateaued,’ Which Hastened Exit

    Dime Magazine "Kevin Durant shocked the world Monday when he announced his free agency decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors. It was a turn of events met with no shortage of ambivalence from the basketball-viewing public, given the very complicated, competing truths that Durant is both giving himself..." July 05

  • OKC Mayor Says Kevin Durant Got Bad Advice 'I Suspect It Won't Work Out'

    TMZ "The Mayor of Oklahoma City is concerned for Kevin Durant -- telling TMZ Sports he thinks KD got "bad advice" about leaving town ... adding, "I suspect it won't work out." We spoke with Mayor Mick Cornett -- a huge sports fan who also used to be a sports anchor -- who tells us he loves KD as a..." July 05