• 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.

  • 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 those of us who didn’t get to see you much in college, can you describe your game to us? A: Physical guard. Like to get in the paint. Try to kick out most of the time for my players to hit open shots. And (I) can guard, can defend. Would it be accurate to say that you’re kind of a score-first point guard more than a pass-first point guard? Nah, if I get in there and I’m open I shoot it. If I’m not, I pass it. You

  • Report: Carmelo Anthony to re-sign with New York Knicks, 'believes in Phil'

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    A report from the New York Daily news Wednesday says that Carmelo Anthony "believes in Phil (Jackson)" and is planning on re-signing with the New York Knicks. Anthony, was reportedly in Los Angeles on Wednesday for a scheduled workout with Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, was said to be intrigued by playing in L.A. with Kobe Bryant or joining an immediate contender in Chicago. But ultimately "Anthony's heart is in New York," Frank Isola reports. That has to be relief for new Knicks coach Derek Fisher, who was just hired after ending his playing career with the Thunder.

  • AP Source: Cavs agree to 3-way trade, clear cap space for LeBron James

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A person familiar with the deals says the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade guard Jarrett Jack, swingman Sergey Karasev and center Tyler Zeller, creating enough room for a run at LeBron James in free agency. The Cavs have agreements with the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, according to AP sources. ESPN first reported details of the three-way trade. James is expected to meet with Miami Heat president Pat Riley today, and the rumors about the pursuit of "King James" continue by the minute:

  • Chris Bosh Is Willing To Give Up As Much As $30 Million To Re-Sign With LeBron James And The Heat

    Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Chris Bosh wants to re-sign with the Miami Heat and LeBron James even though it is a move that could ultimately cost him up to $30 million, according to Business Insider. With James still apparently weighing his options, Bosh was "heavily engaged" in talks with the Houston Rockets and is now weighing a 4-year, $88 million offer according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com. However, Bosh's desire to remain with the Heat as long as James is on board has not changed according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN LA adds that Bosh is "waiting on direction from LeBron."

  • 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 Orlando Pro Summer League. Q: What’s it like to go from national championship game to your next competitive game is summer league? A: That’s the biggest thing. I haven’t played competitively. I’m with a new team, and it’s kind of tough because I have to understand my teammates on the fly.

  • 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 defensive rebounds and initiated the fast break not with an outlet pass but by pushing the ball himself in transition. On occasion, he’s kept it the entire way, penetrating the painted area and dumping off to a fellow big man or kicking it out to shooters.

  • 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.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: Who has impressed you in summer league?

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 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 - 07/08 - Mitch McGary had a couple decent showings in the summer league. Is Darnell Mayberry already writing his Hall of Fame speech? Yes. Yes, he is.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Scott Brooks reportedly meets with Pau Gasol

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    ESPN.com reported late Monday night that Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with free agent Pau Gasol on Monday as part of the team’s continuing efforts to recruit the former Lakers center to Oklahoma City.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones playing with confidence, aggressiveness in Orlando

    By Darnell Mayberry, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Perry Jones got the night off in the Thunder’s 98-84 win over Brooklyn on Monday, but he showed enough in those first two days to make you think his motor might no longer be a concern.

  • Report: Thunder's Russell Westbrook withdraws from Team USA's World Cup roster

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook has withdrawn from USA Basketball's roster for the World Cup in Spain this summer, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Westbrook had been part of gold-medal-winning teams in 2010 and '12 in the world championships and Olympics, respectively, and has been a favorite of national coach Mike Krzyzewski.

  • Marcus Smart struggles in Boston Celtics' second summer league game

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    The Boston Celtics blew an early 18-point lead to the Indiana Pacers and were dominated over the final three quarters during a 96-77 loss Monday afternoon in Orlando Summer League action. Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart had his second straight rough outing for the Celtics. The No. 6 overall pick shot just 3-of-15 from the field to finish with 11 points in the loss.

  • Q&A with Brooklyn Nets' Markel Brown: Former Oklahoma State standout off and running at summer league

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown was selected 44th overall in this year’s NBA Draft, and after a series of trades eventually landed with the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA career is off to a good start after a couple of promising performances in the Orlando Pro Summer League. In a Q&A with The Oklahoman, Brown talked about his memories of draft night and his experiences thus far in the NBA. Q: Take us back to draft night. When you heard your name, where were you and what was that feeling like? A: I was actually at my aunt’s house back in Louisiana with a select few of my family members. The moment hearing my name called, it was so surreal.

  • Danny Granger, Josh McRoberts agree to deals with Miami Heat

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    With or without a commitment from LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade, the Miami Heat is putting together its team. The Heat came agreed to terms with free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts on Monday. Granger played last season with the Indiana Pacers and Los Angeles Clippers, while McRoberts was on the Charlotte Bobcats team the Heat swept in four games in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Both aren't the big splashes in free agency most were expecting from the Heat, but the Eastern Conference champions are working to put together some semblance of a team around the Big 3 of James, Bosh and Wade. Before Granger and McRoberts agreed to deals, the only Heat player under contract for next season was point guard Norris Cole.

  • Serge Ibaka bares it (nearly) all in ESPN Magazine Body Issue

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Serge Ibaka broke new ground the Oklahoma City Thunder. While teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get most of the attention from the media, it was the 6-10 forward who was asked to pose nude in the latest installment of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. The section is titled the "Bodies We Want," according to The Norman Transcript. The magazine was released Monday on the internet and will hit the newsstands Friday. Ibaka was featured in the special issue along with 21 other athletes.