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THUNDER RUMORS & GOSSIP

Kevin Durant joins investment group trying to revitalize ‘Tiger Beat’

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant has joined a sizable investment group that hopes to re-brand and revitalize the struggling “Tiger Beat” magazine, known over the years as the tabloid of choice for tween and teen girls, reports The New York Times. Durant, along with comedian Nick Cannon and New York Giants chairman and executive...Read More The post Kevin Durant joins...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: Can Andre Roberson be an elite defender?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have some great players on their roster, but there’s one player I want to key in on. That player is Andre Roberson. Roberson was a great player coming out of college, known for his defensive play. The Thunder didn’t originally draft Roberson, but they had him in mind. Earlier this year during his exit interview, Roberson said he could possibly be the...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC sign Josh Huestis after a year in D-League

Josh Huestis #14 – Small Forward for the OKC Thunder During the 2014 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, the 29th pick in the first round Josh Huestis got to wear his Oklahoma City Thunder jersey while being blinded by the fact that he may never get a chance to wear it in a real game that season. As a first round draft pick, he is guaranteed a two-year contract with a team, but instead of...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Thunder sign Josh Huestis to four-year rookie scale contract

The Thunder selected Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, which should have meant a guaranteed contract of over $900,000 and a spot on the OKC roster. But that's not what happened.Thanks to a pre-draft arrangement, Huestis became the league's first "domestic draft-and-stash" player, and spent last season toiling in the D-League for a mere $25,000.Huestis...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Huestis Signs Four-Year Rookie Deal With Thunder

Josh Huestis, the 29th overall selection in the 2014 NBA draft, has signed a four-year, rookie scale contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, league sources told RealGM. Huestis became the first domestic draft-and-stash a year ago out of Stanford University, agreeing to be the Thunder selection and placed into their D-League affiliate for one season. Huestis was in Oklahoma City...
Via RealGM
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why did the Oklahoma City Thunder bring Kanter back but not Harden?

Enes Kanter The Oklahoma City Thunder have been contenders since the arrival of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They even had James Harden on their roster for a few years. The Thunder have been making all the right moves this past decade and have an even better chance to win the championship this coming season. The Thunder were able to acquire Enes Kanter before the trade deadline...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Serge Ibaka not yet cleared to play following knee surgery in March

Serge Ibaka was lost for the season with a knee injury back in March which required surgery. At the time, the Thunder were still fighting for a playoff spot, so there was a timetable of 4-6 weeks set for his return initially.But here we are in August, and Ibaka is not yet cleared to return to action -- at least not to play in an exhibition contest the NBA is putting on in Africa...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Steven Adams won't play for New Zealand in Olympic qualifying tournament

Steven Adams has only been with the Thunder for two full seasons, but he's become a key rotation player for the team during his relatively brief time in Oklahoma City.He also takes his NBA gig extremely seriously.So, while plenty of international players jump at the chance to play for their home countries as they attempt to qualify for the Olympics, Adams is foregoing that opportunity...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

The Missing Rings: The 2011 Oklahoma City Thunder

Background: After reaching the Western Conference Finals in 2010 (lost 4 games to 1 against Dallas) many expected the young and hungry Oklahoma City Thunder to contend for an NBA Championship in 2011. The young and talented nucleus of players that GM Sam Presti had built in the Draft and Head Coach Scott Brooks had built up were ready for a championship. OKC went 47-19 (earned the...

Is Dion Waiters The NBA's Worst Player?

Probably not. But now that the question has been posed, we should at least do some rudimentary research, just to be sure. As Dion Waiters' college days came to an end at Syracuse, the sixth-man shooting guard was scouted by Joe Treutlein of DraftExpress.com:Waiters brings an interesting package of skills to the table along with a good amount of untapped potential. His style of...
Via The Sports Quotient
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena Set To Host The Comedy Get Down

Although the upcoming basketball season is still ways away, there are still plenty of premier events happening at Chesapeake Energy Arena, known for being the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of the events is this weekend, as some of the most talented comedians will perform at The Comedy Get Down on July 25 at 8:00 p.m. in what is sure to be one of the best comedy events of...
Via Bloguin Best
11 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kevin Durant botches pop-up in softball game

Kevin Durant is really good at basketball. Baseball, on the other hand, not so much. The Oklahoma City Thunder forward was playing in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s celebrity softball game Sunday when he bungled a routine fly ball off the bat of Jamal Crawford. It was so bad that the Los Angeles Clippers guard even looked shocked that Durant missed his can...
Via NESN.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boston Reboot of Perry Jones III

On July 14, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics completed a trade that sent forward Perry Jones III and Detroit’s 2019 second-round pick to Boston in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in 2018. Coming out of Baylor, I didn’t know much about Jones and didn’t expect much, still I have loosely followed his progress, or lack thereof, since he was drafted into...
Via The Lottery Mafia
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Celtics trade for Perry Jones III from the Thunder

Celtics will be acquiring Perry Jones, a second round pick and cash from Oklahoma City. Not really giving up anything. Tax deal for OKC. — Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) July 14, 2015Perry Jones III was the player many Celtics fans wanted Danny to draft instead of Fab Melo. Jones hasn't done much in his few years in the NBA (which is still a lot more than Fab Melo did). I expect...
Via Celtics Life
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: NBA execs expect Durant to stay with Thunder

Kevin Durant is set to become a free agent next summer, and rumors have been swirling for years about possible destinations for the 26-year-old superstar. But when Durant finally makes his decision, there could be very little excitement. According to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com, several NBA executives who were polled at the Summer League in...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Thunder to match Blazers' offer to Enes Kanter

The Oklahoma City Thunder will have to work out new contracts for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook over the next couple seasons. What might already prove to be an unenviable task could even become more difficult with news that Oklahoma City plans to match the four-year, $70 million offer sheet the Portland Blazers gave to center Enes Kanter last week. Source indicates OKC will...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Why are the Portland Trail Blazers Chasing Enes Kanter?

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MARCH 24: Enes Kanter #34 of the Oklahoma City Thunder shoots against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 24, 2014 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, OK. (Mandatory credit: Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images) The plan for the Oklahoma City Thunder to contend next season is to bring back the whole crew, including center Enes Kanter, a restricted...
Via The Sports Journal
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Mitch McGary’s nasty putback dunk in Summer League game

Instagram Oklahoma City Thunder and former Michigan big man Mitch McGary rattled an NBA Summer League rim Thursday with a sick putback dunk.  Yes, it was only worth two points.  Yes, it was only in the summer league.  But my goodness that was pretty darn fly with a white guy. You gotta box out @mitchmcgary_33! #NBAsummer A video posted by NBA (@nba) on Jul 9, 2015 at 4...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Oklahoma City’s Dion Waiters Plays a Key Role in Thunder’s Success

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – MARCH 20: Dion Waiters #23 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Atlanta Hawks on March 20, 2015 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images) The Oklahoma...
Via The Sports Journal
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

“I wanna make you feel wanted,” is a lyric made famous by country singer Hunter Hayes. That song, “Wanted,” may also be NBA point guard Luke Ridnour’s current ballad of choice. After all, for the fourth time in a single week, the 34-year-old has been traded. Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman reports the Oklahoma City Thunder have shipped Ridnour to the Toronto Raptors...
Via Sportsnaut
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook’s explicit anti-cancer shirt: F–k F–king Cancer’ (pic)

Russell Westbrook, like pretty much every sensibly minded person in the world, isn’t a big fan of cancer. The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar posted a photo on social media in which he’s rocking a shirt that makes his anti-cancer stance abundantly — and explicitly — clear. “F**k F**king Cancer.” Yep, that about says it all....Read More The post Russell Westbrook’s explicit...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Westbrook's company unveils NBA-themed eyewear

An eyewear company fronted by Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Russell Westbrook has announced a partnership with the NBA — the second collaboration between the league and the company — through which a limited series of team-inspired frames will be released in July. Westbrook Frames, a company co-owned by the dynamic point guard launched in 2014,...Read More The post Russell...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

John Calipari reportedly drove Billy Donovan to NBA

The recent dominance and run of success for John Calipari at Kentucky helped push Billy Donovan to the NBA, according to a report. Donovan, 49, coached at Florida from 1996 through 2015 before accepting the head coaching job with the Oklahoma City Thunder this week. Though Donovan won two national championships at Florida (2006 and...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Donovan's supremely difficult balancing act with Thunder

The most essential difference between coaching in the pros and coaching in college is — and always has been — a very simple one: The colleges are a coach’s game, while the pros are about the players. As great as Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson might be — and they’re both as good as we’ve seen in professional basketball, up there in the top reaches of the pantheon with...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Donovan likely to be named Thunder coach

Billy Donovan to the NBA is apparently happening.  According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the 49-year-old Florida coach is “nearing an agreement” with the Oklahoma City Thunder. An announcement of his hiring is likely to happen on Thursday or Friday, Stein says. Stein reports “only an unforeseen collapse” will prevent the deal from happening.  Donovan has been at Florida since...
Via College Spun
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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