With the NBA Draft less than three weeks away, rumors are starting to run rampant. And several involve Oklahoma City. The Thunder continues to be linked to speculation that it is actively seeking to trade up in this year's draft. The latest report came Monday from ESPN.com's Chad Ford, who wrote, "The Pistons, Spurs and Thunder have been the most aggressive about moving up.” The Oklahoman has learned that Oklahoma City native and former Kentucky center Daniel Orton is scheduled to work out for the Thunder on June 15. Orton is widely considered to be a top 20 pick. The Thunder holds the 21st and 26th selections. Meanwhile, another report from NBA.com's David Aldridge mentioned Jeff Green as a target of several teams this summer. "A lot of teams are targeting Jeff Green for a trade this summer, figuring the Thunder won't be able to hold onto him with big paydays coming for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook,” Aldridge wrote. The draft is June 24.Comments
Durant completes visit to ChinaDurant on Monday completed a weeklong tour of China, where he visited three cities as part of a trip set up by Nike Basketball to promote his signature shoe and build his brand. Durant traveled with teammate James Harden to Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu. The two signed autographs, held basketball clinics and visited the Great Wall of China. It was the second year in a row that Durant visited China. He traveled to Hong Kong last summer. Durant is scheduled to take part in an event Wednesday in New York as part of Nike, Converse, Jordan Brand and USA Basketball to unveil Fall 2010 Basketball products.
Lithuanian pulls out of draftProjected first-round pick Donatas Motiejunas, a 7-foot power forward who has appeared on several mock drafts to be selected by the Thunder, has withdrawn from the draft. "Donatas really felt like he needed another year of international ball before he was ready for the NBA,” Motiejunas' agent Herb Rudoy told ESPN.com last week. "He wants to be ready to come in and contribute right away and the feedback we got from the NBA suggested that as his body matures he'll get there.”
Summer league scheduleThe Thunder will compete in the Orlando Pro Summer League next month. Unlike last year, Oklahoma City will not compete in the Vegas Summer League following Orlando. The Orlando league runs from July 5-9. Last year's rookies Harden, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor and Byron Mullens are all expected to compete for the Thunder, as well as D.J. White, Kyle Weaver, 2008 50th overall pick DeVon Hardin, 2009 54th overall pick Robert Vaden and this year's draft selections. Vaden, who competed in Italy this season, is among a handful of players who has been in Oklahoma City working out. Hardin is expected to join him.