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  • Thunder add Bryce Alford, K.J. McDaniels to camp roster

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder have made two intriguing additions to their training camp rosters, giving spots to guard Bryce Alford and forward K.J. McDaniels. McDaniels has been in the league for five seasons now, playing for the Philadelphia 76ers, Houston Rockets,..." September 24

  • Presti: Roberson will do 'non-contact' drills in training camp

    247 Sports "Sidelined since January after he ruptured his left patellar tendon, Thunder defensive stallwart Andre Roberson has been rehabbing his injury for the last several months and will be making a return to Oklahoma City this season. When exactly Roberson will make his return is still..." September 24

  • New lottery rules change tanking incentives, starting this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "To paraphrase Jerry Tarkanian, the NBA is so mad at the 76ers, it’ll keep the Hawks losing another couple years. The NBA finally enacted lottery reform that will take effect this season. The measures appeared designed to curb Sam Hinkie’s ambitious..." September 23

  • NBA announces three rule changes for 2018-19 season

    247 Sports "Some changes will be coming to the NBA for the 2018-19 season.  According to a press release from the league office, the NBA's Board of Governors unanimously voted to pass three rule changes for the 2018-19 season. The tweaks include a change to the shot clock..." September 21

  • Report: Silver memo encourages teams to put more women in leadership roles

    The Score "NBA commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo "strongly" encouraging all 30 teams to increase the number of women in their organizations in general, including in leadership roles, and improve reporting processes for sexual harassment, sources told The Athletic's Shams..." September 21

  • Monta Ellis working out for Thunder

    Clutch Points "Free agent guard Monta Ellis has been working out with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the eve of training camp, according to a report by Sneaker Reporter. The speedy hybrid guard last played in the NBA in 2016-17, spending two years alongside the Thunder’s All-Star..." September 21

  • Optimism for Roberson, Westbrook returning 'early in the year'

    The Oklahoman "At his preseason news conference on Thursday, Thunder general manager Sam Prestisaid Andre Roberson will be a non-contact participant to start Thunder preseason. Presti said Roberson is back on the floor and will go through non-contact parts of training camp, which..." September 21

  • Andre Roberson to Take Part in Non-Contact Drills After Knee Injury

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder have received good news regarding Andre Roberson as they prepare to start training camp next week.  Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Roberson will take part in non-contact..." September 20

  • Sam Presti says OKC won’t push Russell Westbrook to be ready for start of regular season

    Clutch Points "Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti said the team won’t try to rush star point guard Russell Westbrook to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. Presti maintained that the organization has never pushed a player..." September 20

  • Russell Westbrook and wife expecting twin girls

    Page Six "The Westbrooks will soon be a party of five. On Tuesday, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and wife Nina confirmed they are expecting twin girls, sharing the big reveal in a YouTube video entitled, “The Westbrook Family.” Proud parents..." September 19

  • Andre Roberson rehab remains on track, but Thunder won't rush it

    The Oklahoman "Andre Roberson isn't changing the timetable. As he left his courtside seat late in Monday's Thunder Summer League game, the Oklahoma City forward reiterated that his return from injury is happening when he's always said it will. “Training camp,”..." September 19

  • Russell Westbrook to miss preseason due to knee scope

    The Oklahoman "When Russell Westbrook returns from his latest knee surgery, his absence will have had a ripple effect across the Thunder. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Westbrook will recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to play a majority of the season. But Westbrook's..." September 15

  • Russell Westbrook undergoes arthroscopic surgery on right knee

    The Oklahoman "Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday, according to the Thunder. The seven-time All-Star and 2016-17 Most Valuable Player will be re-evaluated after four weeks, which will rule him out for the Thunder’s preseason and push his estimated return..." September 12

  • Thunder to wear Native American-inspired alternate uniform

    Pro Basketball Talk "Washington’s football team uses a slur for its nickname. Cleveland’s baseball team uses a demeaning caricature for a logo. Even the teams that use Native American nicknames more honorably rarely started out that way. The Thunder could be onto a new chapter – a..." September 11

  • Isaiah Thomas said he'd still rank himself ahead of Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook

    USA Today "Since being traded from the Boston Celtics, an injury-riddled Isaiah Thomas hasn’t been the same player. He struggled in 15 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers before getting traded to the Lakers. Yet, Isaiah Thomas would still rank himself ahead of the NBA’s..." September 11

  • Sasha Vujacic Works Out For Pelicans, Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Sasha Vujacic worked out for the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday and will have a workout on Tuesday with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a source. " September 11

  • Daryl Morey teases news involving former Rocket Corey Brewer

    USA Today "Houston GM Daryl Morey posted an Instagram photo of himself with former Rockets forward Corey Brewer on Monday, captioned “Brewing something up with @cbrewcrew3.” The photo does not necessarily indicate an imminent signing, although Brewer is presently an unrestricted free agent. A..." September 11

  • Dakari Johnson Headed To China

    Hoops Rumors "Dakari Johnson, who has been with the Thunder for the past three years, will play in China this season, relays Orazio Cauchi of Sportando. The 22-year-old center has agreed to sign with the Qingdao Eagles, according to a report in the Jinan Times. Johnson was traded twice this..." September 10

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Report: Former Thunder 1st-round pick Josh Huestis gets an invite to Spurs training camp

    Clutch Points "  Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Josh Huestis has been invited to the San Antonio Spurs’ training camp, according to Fred Katz of Huestis hasn’t yet signed his Exhibit 10 contract, but he’s working out in San..." September 05

  • Morrow: Westbrook is "one of the most humble guys" in NBA

    247 Sports "Russell Westbrook has often been criticized for being a selfish teammate throughout his NBA career. Kevin Durant ended up taking his talent to the Golden State Warriors rather than trying to win an NBA title alongside Westbrook. However, one of Westbrook's former..." August 31

  • Kyle Singler Reportedly Waived by Thunder Using Stretch Provision

    Bleacher Report "The Oklahoma City Thunder reportedly waived small forward Kyle Singleron Thursday. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, OKC will use the stretch provision on the final year of Singler's contract. By using the stretch provision, the Thunder will..." August 30

  • Paul George hints that he could join Lakers down the line in free agency

    The Sports Daily "It has been several weeks for the All-Star forward Paul George made his decision to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a four-year, $136.9 million deal. In the time that has past since then, George has been quite open about how he came to that decision that will impact the next..." August 29

  • NBA's No. 1 Options Who Would Be Better Off as Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "In the perfect-world NBA, all player roles fit like skinny jeans and prove ideal vehicles for their abilities. In the actual Association, roster construction and team dynamics often force players into roles that either mask their full range of skills or ask too much of..." August 29

  • The NBA Will Remove Restrictions On What Color Sneakers Players Can Wear Next Season

    Dime Magazine "For quite some time, the NBA has led the way when it comes to player expression and individualism, especially when compared to other major American sports. Players are generally entertaining on social media, fashion before and after games has been a point of popular monitoring, and the..." August 29

  • Thunder’s Steven Adams says he whips gross sweaty hair at opponents during games

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steven Adams delights in making life miserable for opponents. But I’m not sure we realized how far the Thunder center has gone to do that. He took questions from kids at his camp, and it proved very informative. Hamish McNeilly of Stuff: One..." August 28

  • Pacers would’ve traded Paul George to Lakers if they got Ingram or No. 2 pick

    Clutch Points "At one point, Paul George to the Los Angeles Lakers seemed like a sure thing. The California native was unhappy in Indiana and he was set to be a free agent in the summer of 2018—conveniently when the Lakers would have cap space. But instead of landing in Los Angeles,..." August 27

  • Thunder would save $23.4 million by using stretch provision on Kyle Singler

    Clutch Points "The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the clock to make a key cost-cutting move this weekend, as the team would save $23.4 million in salary and luxury tax payments by waiving and stretching the contract of forward Kyle Singler, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. Friday,..." August 27

  • Former Clemson basketball standout Donte Grantham signs with NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder

    Greenville Online "Former Clemson basketball standout Donte Grantham, whose senior season was cut short by injury, is getting a shot at the NBA. Grantham has signed a one-year contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Details of the contract have not been released. The 6-foot-8 Grantham was..." August 27

  • Andre Roberson may not return until December?

    Yardbarker "Despite previously reporting that Thunder guard Andre Roberson said he was on track to be back for the start of the 2018-19 season, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman is now being told that Roberson is still a “couple months away” from his return and that he’s targeting..." August 25

  • Paul George on Jim O'Brien: 'My rookie year, I had a (expletive) coach'

    Indianapolis Star "Former Pacer Paul George just can't stop talking about his time in Indianapolis.  George recently joined the Short Story Long podcast with Chris "Drama" Pfaff, founder of Young & Reckless clothing line. On the podcast, he talked about his career with the..." August 24

  • Hawks, Nets Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases, teams are..." August 23

  • Shorter reset of shot clock after offensive rebound among likely NBA rules changes, report says

    CBS Sports "The NBA is expected to pass three different rule changes next month during the Board of Governors meeting, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Most notable among the changes, is that after an offensive rebound, the shot clock will only reset to 14, instead of giving the..." August 23

  • George: Lakers 'Pissed' They Didn't Get Free-Agency Meeting

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Lakers didn't take kindly to Paul George spurning them in free agency this summer. Appearing on Chris Pfaff's Short Story Long podcast (h/t theScore's Chris Walder), George said the Lakers were "pissed" they didn't get a chance to speak with..." August 23

  • Paul George speaks out in favor of superteams in the NBA

    247 Sports "x Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George knows that it takes [a lot] more than just one great player to win in today's NBA, and he doesn't quite understand why former players are so quick to criticize the top players of the current generation for their willingness to pair..." August 22

  • Jerami Grant: 'I definitely feel we’re contenders, we have amazing talent'

    Hoops Hype "This could’ve been an awful summer for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Several weeks before free agency started, Paul George’s status was up in the air and the Thunder were also worried that they may lose Jerami Grant if another team started a bidding war for his..." August 21

  • Thunder say that Andre Roberson's long-term prognosis is great

    247 Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder's chances of making a deep run in the Western Conference playoffs took a major hit this past season when veteran swingman Andre Roberson went down with a season-ending injury after rupturing his patellar tendon in late January. With Roberson..." August 20

  • Some NBA Owners Want Access To Mental Health Records Of Players

    Real GM Basketball "The public announcements from Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan on their struggles with mental health have prompted action from Adam Silver and Michele Roberts. The National Basketball Players Association to hire Dr. William Parham as its first director of mental health and..." August 20

  • Thunder won't rush Andre Roberson's recovery

    Yardbarker "Andre Roberson's 2017-18 season was cut short because of a ruptured patellar tendon, and the Thunder are not rushing the defensive-minded wing back on the court, as Nick Gallo of details. Oklahoma City realizes how crucial Roberson will be to its postseason..." August 17

  • Carmelo writes thank-you note to Oklahoma City: ‘I wanted nothing more than to make it work here’

    Pro Basketball Talk "After last season, Carmelo Anthony summed up his time with the Thunder: “It wasn’t no strategy to me being here.” He waived his no-trade clause to facilitate a trade to and buyout from the Hawks, allowing him to join the Rockets – his preferred destination ever since his..." August 14

  • NBA Insider Shams Charania Leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest names in the basketball world has found a new home. On Tuesday, NBA reporter Shams Charania announced that he will join The Athletic and Stadium: "I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior..." August 14

  • NBA may play 2019 preseason game in India

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has been working to make inroads in India — it’s nation far more fixated on Cricket, field hockey, and soccer, but it has a lot of youth playing basketball at schools, and it has the second largest population of any country in the world (nearly 1.4 billion..." August 14

  • Russell Westbrook “very, very excited” Paul George re-signed with Thunder

    Pro Basketball Talk "What did you expect him to say? Rather than a potential rebuild — or another “Russell Westbrook vs. The World” season — the Oklahoma City Thunder were one of the big winners of the off-season when Paul George agreed to re-sign with the team. They..." August 14

  • Thunder To Sign Tyler Davis To Two-Way Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Thunder are poised to fill their second two-way contract slot, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, who reports (via Twitter) that former Texas A&M big man Tyler Davis will sign a two-way deal with Oklahoma City. Davis, who came in at No. 85..." August 13

  • NBA teams with the most nationally televised games in 2018-19

    247 Sports "The NBA schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season was officially released in full on Friday, and it features 2,460 total games - a whole lot of basketball.  Between ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV there will be no shortage of games to see on the screen throughout the '18-19..." August 12

  • No more excuses for Westbrook -- it's time for him to lift the Thunder to elite status

    CBS Sports "On Nov. 22 of last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder looked every bit like a championship contender in throttling the full-strength Golden State Warriors 108-91 in a game that wasn't even as close as the final 17-point margin.  Then Oklahoma City went out and lost its next..." August 11

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Return To San Antonio In January And More Highlights From The 2018-19 NBA Schedule

    Dime Magazine "Earlier this week, the NBA revealed the schedules and television information for its three marquee regular season dates: Opening night (with the entire televised opening week schedule included), Christmas Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fast forward to Friday afternoon and the league..." August 10

  • Best Free Agents Still Available That Teams Need to Pounce On

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, NBA free agency isn't over yet. The marquee players have already gone about their business, but some noteworthy names remain on the market. None of them have the leverage necessary to broker huge deals, which is part of their charm. They pack a..." August 09

  • How much does scorekeeper bias affect NBA box scores?

    The Score "Statistics are meant to be objective. But it's always worth remembering how they're recorded: by an employee of an NBA team. Each NBA team employs a scorekeeping crew, whose job is to watch each game in real time and instantly categorize and credit every play in an official..." August 07