• 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.

  • Could Marcus Smart go as high as No 3 in NBA Draft?

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Witness the Joel Embiid effect. Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is reportedly headed east to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers. Smart worked out for the Lakers on Friday, but is apparently getting looks from the Sixers now as well. Philly owns the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft, while the Lakers pick seventh. Embiid, the 7-footer from Kansas, underwent surgery on his foot on Friday and is expected to miss significant -- time that will keep him out of the NBA Summer League and parts of the preseason. Emibiid's injury and surgery has significantly shifted the top of the draft. The former Kansas center was the projected No. 1 pick, but now the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly considering taking Australian point guard Dante Exum and Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins with the top pick.

  • AUDIO: Donald Sterling leaves angry voicemails for doctors

    Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    More Donald Sterling audio has surfaced, as the under-fire owner of the Los Angeles Clippers has left some angry voicemails for doctors who ruled him mentally incompetent. Lawyers for Shelly Sterling, Donald Sterling's wife, used the recordings in a request for Sterling to stop attempting to intimidate lawyers and psychiatrists who have determined he's "not capable of conducting normal business affairs," says the Los Angeles Times.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Collison's knee surgery could explain the dip in his numbers this season

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Nick Collison, who will turn 34 prior to the start of next season, averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocked shots in 16.7 minutes, all career lows. Though he appeared in 81 games for the second straight season, Collison’s minutes per game dipped for the third straight year and plummeted to just 10.8 during the postseason.

  • Joel Embiid suffers stress fracture, will not attend NBA Draft

    Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Former Kansas center Joel Embiid went from probable No. 1 draft pick to risky pick after his agent confirmed to Yahoo on Thursday that Emibiid has a stress fracture in his right foot. Embiid's back issues from his one collegiate season at KU were already a red flag, but the latest injury has the Cleveland Cavaliers shying away from taking the 7-footer No. 1 overall in the June 26 draft. Embiid will have surgery on his foot on Friday and will not attend the draft.

  • Nick Collison undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday that veteran forward Nick Collison underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Collison is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities. This past season, Collison appeared in 81 games and averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Collison, […]