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  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: It doesn't look like OKC will be using its trade exception

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The trade exception that the Thunder received last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota is set to expire Friday, and it appears Oklahoma City will let the deadline pass without making a trade.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder Q&A: Thunder summer league guard Michael Stockton learned early on not to worry about outside expectations

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Michael Stockton might be best known as the son of Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton. But Michael has carved out a productive career in his own right.

  • OKC Thunder: Steven Adams working on low-post game

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Thunder center’s free-throw shooting also needs some work.

  • OKC Thunder: NBA sets salary cap for 2014-15

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    The salary cap for the 2014-15 season will increase to an all-time high $63.065 million, the NBA announced Wednesday. The tax level has been set at $76.829 million. Both go into effect Thursday, the day the league’s moratorium period ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making...

  • Q&A: OKC Thunder guard Semaj Christon

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Semaj Christon was selected with the 55th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. After a series of trades, he eventually landed with the Thunder. It’s unlikely that Christon will join the Thunder next season. But he’s making his best case this week in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: For...

  • Q&A: Miami guard Shabazz Napier

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Shabazz Napier won two national championships at Connecticut, capturing one as a freshman and another as a senior this past season. He went on to become the 24th pick by Charlotte in this year’s NBA Draft but was traded on draft night to Miami. Napier is now looking to learn the NBA game at the...

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary shows ball-handling skills in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Mitch McGary has impressed as much with his ball-handling and passing at the Orlando Pro Summer League as he has with his rebounding and hustle. It’s become one of the biggest surprises surrounding the 21st overall pick out of Michigan. On several possessions, McGary has pulled down...

  • OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb hopes to use summer league as a springboard

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Thunder guard working on his game, not knowing what his role will be in his third NBA season.



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Darnell Mayberry


OKC Thunder Senior Reporter

Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in 2004.


Mayberry joined The Oklahoman’s sports staff in 2005 after a year at the Akron Beacon Journal, where he covered the University of Akron men’s basketball team, high schools and recruiting. Since arriving at The Oklahoman, Mayberry has become the leading authority on the NBA as the only traveling media member and the only reporter to cover every NBA game ever played in Oklahoma City.


He served as the paper’s beat writer on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets from 2005-07, broke the news of the Seattle SuperSonics’ settlement negotiations with the City of Seattle in the summer of 2008, a development that allowed the team to relocate to Oklahoma, and has covered the Thunder since the franchise’s inception.


Mayberry and his wife, Courtney, were married in 2010 and live in Oklahoma City.



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