• OKC Thunder notebook: Perry Jones has 20 points in summer league finale

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Perry Jones had to get back to having fun. So said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “The first couple of games I was putting a lot of pressure on myself, telling myself that I have to do well,” said Jones. “And Darko talked to me before (the last) game and he told me that I need to just smile a little more. Just have fun out there. I’m doing something I love to do. Just have fun. Don’t put a lot of pressure on myself. And I took what he said and I ran with it.” The advice helped lead to Jones assembling his best game in the Thunder’s Orlando Pro Summer League finale on Friday. Jones scored a team-high 20 points in the Thunder’s 103-98 win over Miami. He made seven of 11 shots and

  • LeBron James is returning to Cleveland — but he never really left

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James put Akron on the map 13 years ago, when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated packaged as “The Chosen One.” Now he’s appointed himself to be the man to bring glory back to the region.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC reportedly misses out on free agent target Pau Gasol

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    On Friday afternoon, Pau Gasol tweeted that he was ‘very close to making a decision’. Then, a few hours later, two reports surfaced that Gasol had narrowed his choices down to a pair of teams — the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs.

  • What Dan Gilbert said to LeBron James to get him to return to Cleveland

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Few people in the annals of sports parted on icier terms than LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert four years ago, the Washington Post reports. The Quicken Loans owner took his frustration and anger out in a stinging letter, one that was posted in the internet — and drew a $100,000 fine from former commissioner David Stern — when James left town for Miami in July 2010. Maybe the feelings were never as acrimonious as they seemed, because James said a month after “The Decision” that he could envision returning to his home state, but the two men needed to clear the air before James could return to the Cavs.

  • LeBron's face vandalized on Miami mural that took 2+ years to create

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Well that didn't take long. While we haven't seen any LeBron James jerseys being burned in Miami (at least not yet), one big act of public defacement had taken place by early Friday afternoon, Yahoo Sports reports. A large box was spray-painted over James' face in a cool Miami Heat mural painted in the city's design district. (Here's a second angle from a different Miami news outlet.)

  • How does the LeBron James to Cleveland news impact the Thunder?

    Anthony Slater | Updated: 8 hr ago

    In a thoughtful and moving open letter through Sports Illustrated, LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland and sent the sports world into a frenzy. Instantly, the Cavaliers become the most compelling team in the NBA — a title contender led by the game’s biggest talent in the midst of a legendary story of redemption. […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why LeBron James' decision shows that OKC fans should embrace Kevin Durant's loyalty

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant throws up the Hook ’Em Horns hand signal, and Oklahomans groan. He gets away with it because, hey, he’s Kevin Durant, but most Thunder fans would just as soon he knock it off. Plenty of them cheer for the Sooners or the Cowboys, too, and those Longhorns are no-good so-and-sos. But on the day that LeBron James announced he was going back to Cleveland, I have some advice for Thunder fans: embrace the fact that KD throws up the horns. The reason? It’s an indication that Durant is a loyal dude. He spent roughly 17 minutes at Texas — OK, it was actually a year — but he’s as dyed in the burnt orange wool as they come. He goes back to Austin all the time. He travels to Texas games whenever

  • LeBron James' move could signify new NBA business model

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Franchises shedding payroll to free up money under the salary cap to sign free agents, players changing teams, short-term contracts, draft picks collected as assets, year-round coverage — this sounds a lot like the NFL. Except it isn’t. It’s the NBA. The past few weeks of craziness could be the new normal, at least until the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, USA Today reports. With LeBron James returning home to Cleveland, the Eastern Conference has been flipped on its proverbial head. The Cavaliers are now a contender and the Heat may be rebuilding with an aging Dwyane Wade and potentially no Chris Bosh.

  • Report: Chris Bosh agrees to 5-year, $118 million deal with Miami Heat

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    LeBron James leaves the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but it looks like Chris Bosh is sticking around in South Beach. Bosh is reportedly finalizing a deal to come back to Miami for five years, $118 million. With James out of the picture, the Miami have money to spend in free agency. The Heat made minor moves earlier in the week, agreeing to deal with Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

  • LeBron James returns to Cleveland: The Reaction

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Here are some of the best reactions from LeBron James’ announcement to return home to the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency: Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote that infamous letter four years ago, but was (understandably) gracious Friday: Welcome Home @kingjames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and […]

  • LeBron James returning to Cleveland Cavaliers

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    King James is coming home. LeBron James explains to SI's Lee Jenkins why he's returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat. "When I left Cleveland, I was on a mission. I was seeking championships, and we won two. But Miami already knew that feeling. Our city hasn’t had that feeling in a long, long, long time. My goal is still to win as many titles as possible, no question. But what’s most important for me is bringing one trophy back to Northeast Ohio."

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reportedly trying to get Caron Butler to return

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    When Caron Butler reached a buyout with the Milwaukee Bucks back in February, a number of teams coveted the veteran forward’s services for the playoff run. Butler, of course, chose the Oklahoma City Thunder. He opted for the Western Conference powerhouse for a number of reasons, one being the persuasiveness of Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. Butler is a free agent again and Durant is making his pitch to convince his friend to re-sign with the Thunder. Durant flew from Los Angeles, where he had been working out, to attend Butler’s basketball camp at Park High School in Racine.

  • OKC Thunder: Reggie Jackson won't come cheap

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

    Thunder guard can become a restricted free agent next summer. And as this year’s free-agent class has shown, players with his skills can command big money.

  • 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.

  • The Spurs Have Quietly Re-Signed Their Entire Team, And It's Terrifying For The Rest Of The NBA

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    The NBA has been an absolute circus since July 1, the day teams can officially begin negotiating with players. News of private pick-up games, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert's private jet flying to South Beach, and two Exotic Auto Transport trucks outside of LeBron James' home have all sent the internet into a total frenzy. New rumors and reports break so frequently that this off-season already feels more dramatic than the entire past season of actual basketball, according to Business Insider. Amid all the chaos, it's been easy to miss the fact that the San Antonio Spurs, your current NBA champions, are bringing back their entire team. Tim Duncan kicked things off, very quietly opting into the final year of his contract at $10.3 million. Next, the Spurs re-signed two key role players, Boris Diaw (three years, $22.5 million) and Patty Mills (three years, $12 million). The rest of the team's core — Parker, Ginobli, Leonard, Green, Splitter — are still under contract.

  • OKC Thunder: Is Tibor Pleiss coming to the NBA this season?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Is overseas Thunder prospect Tibor Pleiss coming stateside this upcoming season? The president of Pleiss’ club in Spain says he is, whether it’s with the Thunder or someone else. Jose Antonio Querejeta, the president of Spanish basketball club Baskonia (Laboral Kutxa) where Pleiss currently plays, told Radio Vitoria that Pleiss “will go to the NBA, […]

  • Dwyane Wade is the biggest loser of the NBA offseason

    Published: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    Dwyane Wade needs a hug. Well, not really. Wade is a multi-millionaire who has won 3 NBA rings and is marrying Gabrielle Union. He doesn’t need your pity. That being said, Wade is far and away the biggest loser in this month of NBA free agency, according to USA TODAY Sports. As rumors swirl and contracts get offered, as LeBron James and Chris Bosh evaluate their best options, Wade remains sitting on the sidelines, hoping for the best.

  • 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 trades. The Thunder’s payroll next season is roughly $70.9 million, which leaves Oklahoma City approximately $5.8 million shy of surpassing the tax threshold. That means the Thunder can sign a free agent with the full mid-level exception ($5.305 million) and remain under the tax. Oklahoma City also has a $6.6 million trade exception that expires Friday.