• Kevin Durant defends LeBron James' decision to opt out

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Because everything LeBron James does is a big deal, James’s decision to exercise the early termination option in his Miami Heat contract and again become a free agent was a very big deal this week. If James needed support, enter Kevin Durant. The Thunder star, in Washington on Wednesday afternoon to unveil his new Nike sneaker, said he didn’t understand the furor. “I don’t know what the big deal is,” Durant said, shortly after his “KD7″ was revealed. “You know, as a player, I think that’s the best way to go about it. You can have all your options. It’s better for you as a player to opt-out, because you can get a market deal, you can get more years. You never know what will happen if you pass up on that. So I didn’t know what the big deal was."

  • This Is What Happens When An NBA Champ Crashes Your Bachelorette Party

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    What better way to spend your final moments as a single lady than in the arms of a hunky, NBA champion? One bride-to-be lived that dream when San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw crashed her bachelorette party in Lake Travis, Texas and then planted a big fat kiss on her cheek, according to The Huffington Post. Her friend posted a picture of the momentous occasion to Reddit Tuesday and gave a little explainer as to how the whole thing happened.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant unveils new commercial for his new KD 7 shoes

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    On Wednesday morning, Kevin Durant revealed the latest in his line of shoes: The KD 7′s, as shown above. And with the unveiling came a new commercial, labeling Durant as “The Badd35t”, as shown below:

  • NBA draft prospect loses dream but gains perspective

    Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    There's a rhythm inside the gym in West Dallas. It's always been the rhythm of Isaiah Austin's life, according to WFAA. But life suddenly changed its tune. "I just want these young kids out here to understand that you don't take anything for granted. It can be taken away from you with the snap of a finger," Austin said, looking over his shoulder at the court with about a dozen highly-recruited teens working out... just like he did when he was their age.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant, Nike unveil the KD7 live at 11 am

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Nike is hosting select media today at 11 a.m. at the Newseum in Washington D.C. to officially unveil the KD7 — the latest in Kevin Durant’s exclusive shoe line. Nike will live stream the 20-minute broadcast in length, hosted by Ahmad Rashad and featuring Durant with Nike designer Leo Chang. In addition to media, 75 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Ten prospects OKC could target in Thursday's NBA Draft

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Thunder General Manager Sam Presti holds the 21st and 29th overall picks in Thursday night’s draft and, with them, he will have plenty of options.

  • What the LeBron James news potentially means for the Thunder

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    GMs, prepare your pitches. LeBron James, arguably the most coveted star in all of sports, is back on the free agent market. Every franchise would love to have him. But the reality is, from a financial and competitive standpoint, only a few would be able to make it work. And the Thunder isn’t one of them. There’s […]

  • Live chat recap: Why LeBron James won't be playing for the Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    On Tuesday, LeBron James decided to opt out of the remaining two years on his contract with the Miami Heat. The news immediately sent the NBA world into hysterics. What will LeBron do? Where will he play next? Not Oklahoma City (but one can dream). It’s well known that only a few teams have a […]

  • What LeBron James would look like in every NBA jersey

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    In case you were living under a rock, it was announced Tuesday morning that LeBron James will opt out of his current contract with the Miami Heat, making him an unrestricted free agent. Upon word, every team in the league simultaneously gathered irrational hopes and dreams about possibly acquiring King James. In case that never happens (a likelihood for about 98 percent of the NBA), here's a look at what James looks like in every NBA jersey. We already showed you what LeBron looked like in a Thunder jersey. Here are the rest. (H/T NBA Legion)

  • NBA chat: Anthony Slater talks LeBron James, Thunder free agency and the trade exception

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat today to talk about LeBron James's impending free agency, the Thunder's chances of getting into the LeBronathon, and OKC's free agency options. Here's the full transcript:

  • LeBron James will opt out of deal with Miami Heat

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that LeBron James has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Miami Heat and become a free agent on July 1. Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement. James had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. James had until June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract. James is scheduled to make $20 million next season. James could resign with the Heat long-term, but the news of him becoming an unrestricted free agent gives hope to teams looking for an immediate shift in power in the NBA. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why Markel Brown could be a hidden gem in the NBA Draft

    By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Leaving behind the NBA Finals and heading into the NBA Draft, lots of teams are trying to find the next Danny Green. Maybe that guy is Markel Brown.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should OKC do in the NBA Draft?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Welcome to the home of our Thunder Buddies podcast, named, in part, from Universal Studio’s highly-acclaimed comedy ‘Ted’, but inspired by our continued hope for wall-to-wall coverage of OKC’s only professional team. Below is our list of episodes (click the link to listen). If you prefer iTunes for your podcast listening experience, click here and subscribe. Hope you enjoy: Thunder Buddies - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Marcus Smart among players to get NBA Draft green room invite

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    It's no secret that Marcus Smart is one of the top 10 prospects in Thursday's NBA Draft. He'll definitely be a part of the draft day festivities, as reports claim Smart is one of 20 invitees to the green room for draft night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Smart is currently projected as a lottery selection, but will be joined by more than a few of his colleagues in the green room. Last year, only 13 players were invited, but the depth of this year's draft -- along with the absence of projected No. 1 pick Joel Embiid, who underwent surgery and has opted out of attending the draft -- has prompted the NBA to bring more guests. The list of green room invitees (according to SI.com's Ben Golliver): Tyler Ennis (Syracuse), Dante Exum (Australia), Aaron Gordon (Arizona), Gary Harris (Michigan State), Rodney Hood (Duke), Zach LaVine (UCLA), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Jusuf Nurkic (Bosnia), Jabari Parker (Duke), Adreian Payne (Michigan State), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette), Julius Randle (Kentucky), Dario Saric (Croatia), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Nik Stauskas (Michigan), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), TJ Warren (North Carolina State), Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), James Young (Kentucky).

  • Report: Tim Duncan opts in for $10.3M, returns to Spurs

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Tim Duncan wants a sixth ring. Yahoo Sports is reporting that Duncan is opting into the final year of his contract with the San Antonio Spurs. The future Hall of Famer is set to make $10.3 million in the last year of his three-year, $30.36 million deal, and will become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. Duncan, 38, is coming off his fifth NBA championship since being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997.

  • Carmelo Anthony officially opts out of final year with Knicks

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Carmelo Anthony officially opted out of the final year of his contract with the New York Knicks on Monday and will test free agency this summer, his agent Leon Rose says. Anthony can sign a maximum contract worth $129 million over five years with the Knicks, but can only sign a deal for four years, $96 million with another team. Reports say that Anthony is considering signing with the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks.

  • Carmelo Anthony to terminate Knicks contract: Source

    Published: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    As planned, All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony will file notice with the New York Knicks on Monday that he plans to exercise the early termination option on his contract and become a free agent on July 1, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Anthony has a Monday deadline to opt out of the $23.5 million deal for the 2014-'15 season. Anthony is determined to explore free agency and will closely examine opportunities with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, league sources said.

  • OKC Thunder's big night comes Thursday: The NBA Draft

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Nine players on this year’s roster were drafted by the franchise or acquired via trade on draft night.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Andre Roberson's 2013-14 season by the numbers

    BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    A closer look at Andre Roberson’s season.