• Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Mitch McGary taking on a leadership role in Orlando

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    He was barking instructions to his fellow big men on the Thunder’s summer league roster, informing them of what drills to do and how to do them. In other words, McGary was taking charge.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: A year later, Thunder draft prospect Josh Huestis has no regrets about becoming the NBA's first ever domestic draft and stash

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    He was the 29th overall pick by the Thunder last year. The first ever first-round selection to forego signing his NBA rookie contract to spend his entire first season in the NBA Development League.

  • DeAndre Jordan waffling changes the landscape of NBA moratorium

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    All NBA eyes moved to Houston on Wednesday, when a variety of media reported DeAndre Jordan waffling on his commitment to the Dallas Mavericks and thinking seriously about returning to the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • NBA players tweeting out transport methods to get to DeAndre Jordan

    Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    DeAndre Jordan was supposed to be a done deal to Dallas. Well, the Los Angeles Clippers are reportedly doing all they can to keep their defensive ace, and the Mavericks are returning fire with another pitch of their own. The free agency moratorium ends Thursday and the Clippers and Mavericks are scrambling to convince Jordan to sign with them. Players on both teams declared via Twitter emojis that they were on their way to talk with Jordan in Houston.

  • Thunder Buddies podcast: What's the hold up in the Enes Kanter negotiations?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    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 the Thunder. 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 […]

  • Thunder among odds leaders for 2016 NBA championship

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Following a flurry of free agent activity in the NBA (which hasn't yet included the Oklahoma City Thunder signing Enes Kanter - but don't worry), MyTopSportsbooks.com has reconfigured the NBA title odds for 2016. You guessed it - the San Antonio Spurs at 9-to-2 have made the biggest leap, jumping the Thunder and only trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in terms of best odds to win the championship. The Thunder is an 8/1 favorite.

  • Will Pistons come to regret Reggie Jackson contract?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Monday afternoon on the Sports Animal, Traber or Eschbach, I forget which, asked a good question. Which NBA player has gotten the most ridiculous contract so far. Their answer was Reggie Jackson. Which goes along with some theories I’ve heard nationally, too. The Pistons gave Jackson a five-year, $80-million contract. That’s $16 million a year. I answered Kevin Love. The Cavaliers are giving Love $22 million a year, one month after proving they were just as good without him as with him and maybe even better. Love is a great player; he can score and rebound with the best of them.

  • Could the Thunder be headed for a division change?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    The Milwaukee Bucks are threatening to move to Seattle or Las Vegas. If the Bucks move — and I hope they don’t; I like Milwaukee — I hope they go to Seattle. Much better destination spot. The Milwaukee owners say if ground isn’t broken in 2015 for a new arena, the league will buy back the Bucks and move the franchise. Let’s suppose it does move. Either to Seattle or Vegas. Hard to imagine how the Bucks could be kept in the Eastern Conference. Seattle and Vegas aren’t exactly Eastern cities. They would have to be settled in the West. Which means a franchise would be shipped to the East. Those hands you see raised are every franchise west of Palm Springs. Life in the East is

  • OKC Thunder: Mitch McGary using Summer League to show improved shot

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

      Mitch McGary continues to impress at the Orlando Pro Summer League. As the days go on, the second-year Thunder forward is showing that he’s not just slimmer and more agile. He’s also flashing some high-level passing skills and an improved mid-range jump shot. McGary finished with just seven points and five rebounds as the Thunder fell 80-63 against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday. But he again wowed those watching with his ability to find the open man on time and on target and knock down open shots from outside. “He’s a more confident shooter than he was last year,” said

  • OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan wants to make things easier for stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook

    By Darnell Mayberry | Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    ORLANDO — At his introductory press conference, Thunder coach Billy Donovan briefly described the style of play he seeks to bring to Oklahoma City. Its basic principles, he said, centered on player movement, ball movement and making the extra pass. In other words, Donovan wants to bring more structure to what historically has been an isolation-heavy offense. But achieving that goal and, more importantly, sustaining it could be a trying task without restricting Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, two of the best and most creative one-on-one offensive players in the game. Donovan, however, has no intention to stifle his

  • Too early to worry about Enes Kanter's status

    Jon Hamm | Updated: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Enes Kanter remains unsigned and fans are starting to become concerned. Here's a look at one path Kanter could take, and how history could show how his situation will play out.

  • Marcus Smart talks leadership, improvement following Celtics' summer league opener

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Boston Celtics didn't win, but former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart played well in his first game of the NBA Summer League on Monday in Utah. Smart had a game-high 26 point and eight assists and added five rebounds and two steals for the Celtics in the 100-86 loss to the Utah Jazz. In his second summer league appearance, Smart is also assuming the role of team leader. "It felt good. Just on the defensive end getting out there, I think that rubbed off on guys like James Young, R.J. Hunter, Terry Rozier," Smart said. "They got after the ball, they were diving after loose balls. I think that's the way I need to be." Smart told Celtics.com that after battling injury his rookie year, he's starting to feel better. His health, combined with a year of experience, has helped him going into summer league for the second time. "Everything's slowed down for me a little bit more. I'm just trying to attack, get to the rim a little bit more," Smart said. "My ankle's feeling a little better and now I can explode and just try to create a little bit for others." Smart and the Celtics face the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night.

  • Report: Celtics trade Gerald Wallace to Warriors for David Lee

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    The Boston Celtics are getting David Lee from the Warriors in exchange for Gerald Wallace. Following the Warriors winning the NBA championship, Lee and the team each expressed interest in finding the 31-year-old a new team. The move sends Lee back to the Eastern Conference, where the 6-foot-9 power forward started his career with the New York Knicks in 2005.

  • Bucks president says team could move to Seattle or Las Vegas

    Published: Tue, Jul 7, 2015

    Milwaukee Bucks president Peter Feigin told Wisconsin lawmakers Monday that time was of the essence in approving $250 million in public funding for the proposed arena in downtown Milwaukee or the NBA will move the team to "Las Vegas or Seattle," according to the Milwaukee Business Journal. If the construction of a new stadium doesn't start in 2015, Feigin says the NBA will buy back the team for $25 million profit. The Bucks' ownership group of Wes Edens, Marc Lasry and Jamie Dinan purchased the team for $550 million in May 2014. In their purchase agreement, a provision was included that said construction for a new arena would start this year. And if it doesn't, Seattle could get a team back for the first time since the then-Seattle SuperSonics left in 2008 to come to Oklahoma City. "The NBA does not want the Bucks to extend the lease in an inadequate facility," Feigin said.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Billy Donovan talks Kevin Durant, new assistant coaches

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Donovan’s relationship with Durant, perhaps his most important in his first season, appears to be off to a great start. Durant said Saturday that the time they’ve spent together in recent weeks has brought them closer, and Donovan echoed those same sentiments Monday.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Semaj Christon turning heads at the Orlando Pro Summer League, looking to take the next step in his career.

    BY DARNELL MAYBERRY | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The 55th overall draft pick out of Xavier in 2014 followed up a 14-point, 10 assist effort against Charlotte in Saturday’s opener with a 12-point, nine-assist performance in the Thunder’s 73-65 win over The Orlando Magic’s Blue team on Monday.

  • Reports: David West agrees to veteran minimum deal to play for Spurs

    Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    David West walked away from $12 million guaranteed with the Indiana Pacers for a shot at a championship. The veteran power forward has reportedly agreed to play with the San Antonio Spurs for the veteran minimum $1.4 million. West had a year remaining on his deal with the Pacers, but elected to opt out to become an unrestricted free agent. Last weekend, the Spurs agreed to terms with free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge.

  • James Harden, Khloe Kardashian photographed together in Las Vegas

    Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Kardashians are infiltrating the NBA yet again. This time, it's former Thunder guard James Harden who looks like he's getting close to a Kardashian, as he and Khloe Kardashian were photographed together in Las Vegas this weekend. TMZ reports that the two had "a romantic dinner together at Red 8 -- before going to the Chris Brown concert together." Kardashian was married to former NBA All-Star Lamar Odom.

  • Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter remain linked

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    Reggie Jackson and Enes Kanter were involved in the same trade last February, disgruntled young players that once were looked upon as cornerstones but had fallen from favor with their franchises. Then Jackson and Kanter staged a derby determining which could be more impressive with their new teams. Jackson was good in 27 Detroit Piston games: 32.2 minutes (only 4.2 minutes more than he was playing in OKC) per game, but 17.6 points (up 4.8), 4.7 rebounds (up 0.7) and 9.2 assists (up 4.9). Meanwhile, Jackson’s shooting improved remarkably — his slash line of field goal percentage, foul shooting and 3-point percentage was .436/.796/.337 with the Pistons, .432/.861/.278 with the Thunder. Kanter’s

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant partners with Nike to renovate basketball courts across the world

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    On Monday morning, in partnership with Nike, Thunder superstar Kevin Durant announced an initiative aimed at increasing “the number of high quality basketball courts accessible to underprivileged youth across the United States and internationally.” As a jump-off point, Durant’s charitable team will renovate and build courts in Oklahoma City, Washington D.C. and Berlin, Germany. Plans are to […]