• Thunder trades Jeremy Lamb to Charlotte Hornets

    darnell mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb has been traded to Charlotte. In exchange for the fourth-year shooting guard, the Hornets are sending Oklahoma City veteran point guard Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Ridnour, however, has a non-guaranteed contract and will be waived at zero cost to the Thunder, effectively making the deal a salary dump for OKC. Yahoo! Sports first reported the trade. The Thunder also needed to declutter its roster to open a spot for whatever player it might select in Thursday night’s NBA Draft, as well as make room for Josh Huestis, last year’s first-round selection. After releasing Ridnour, the team’s roster will stand at 14 players, one below the maximum

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant back on the court taking flat-footed shots

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    While the rest of the NBA world is preparing for the draft, Kevin Durant has been out in California the past few days promoting his latest signature KD sneakers. And as part of that promotion, he went on a brief snapchat binge, sending out photos and videos of his travels and workouts in the shoes. For […]

  • Report: Grizzlies acquire Matt Barnes in trade with Hornets

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Looks like Matt Barnes is headed back to the Western Conference. The Memphis Grizzlies have reportedly acquired Barnes from the Charlotte Hornets, with Memphis sending the non-guaranteed contract of point guard Luke Ridnour to Charlotte. The Clippers had just dealt Barnes and Spencer Hawes to the Hornets earlier in June for Lance Stephenson. Reports on Wednesday had the Oklahoma City Thunder receiving the non-guaranteed contract of Barnes from Charlotte in exchange for Jeremy Lamb. In that proposed deal , Barnes would have been immediately waived by the Thunder in order to shed salary.

  • Will Edmond Santa Fe's Josh Richardson be drafted?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Edmond Santa Fe’s Josh Richardson reportedly was back in his hometown this week for a workout with the Thunder. The 6-foot-6 Tennessee swingman is considered a possible second-round pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night. But draft analysts say Richardson has a decent chance at sticking with an NBA team. “Richardson is a player that will stick in the league early purely based off his physical and athletic traits,” nbadraft.net declared in its analysis of Richardson, which you can read in its entirety

  • Report: Enes Kanter excluded from Turkish national team for 'political views'

    erik horne | Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Turkey's 20-man squad for the 2015 European Basketball Championships has been released, and Thunder center Enes Kanter isn't on it. Even after he "repeatedly expressed his readiness to join the national squad in the past few weeks," Kanter was left off coach Ergin Ataman's roster. In a statement, Kanter said "the reason why I was excluded from the national team is my values and political views." Todayszaman.com reports that Ataman called Kanter twice but could not get in contact with him. Eurobasket2015.org's announcement on the Turkish roster quotes Ataman as failing to "rebuild bridges" with Kanter. From Eurobasket2015.org: "The only one of the tasks which Ataman had assigned to himself and did not complete was to rebuild bridges with Enes Kanter , so the Oklahoma City Thunder big man is not included on the list. "We are proud of the way Enes represents Turkey in the NBA and when I came to the national team I wanted us to start with a clean slate," Ataman said. "But he avoided giving a definite answer to my calls and approaches, which is why we did not invite him to the national team this year." Kanter is a restricted free agent this summer. Thunder general manager Sam Presti has indicated that he plans to retain the 23-year-old. “We wouldn’t have traded for him if we didn’t feel like we’d be in a position to have him with us going forward,” Presti said in April. Kanter averaged 15.5 points on 51.9 percent shooting and 8.9 rebounds in 75 games last season - 26 of those games coming after he was acquired by the Thunder from the Utah Jazz in a three-team trade.

  • Cameron Payne to Thunder in NBA beat writers mock draft

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    With the NBA Draft approaching (Thursday, 6 p.m. ESPN), beat writers in NBA cities were recruited by The Boston Globe to pick, in real time Tuesday, for the teams they cover. The Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry was the acting Thunder general manager for the Globe’s NBA beat writers mock draft, landing Oklahoma City some point guard help in Cameron Payne of Murray State. You can view The Oklahoman's live coverage of the mock draft here, and the Globe's pick-by-pick coverage with brief analysis here. “This might be the exact scenario the Thunder are hoping for,” Mayberry wrote about his Payne pick at No. 14. “OKC’s front office is believed to be high on Payne, and if

  • Thunder: Is Cameron Payne a left-handed George Hill?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    Of six prominent NBA mock drafts, four have the Thunder taking Murray State point guard Cameron Payne at No. 14. The other two have Payne going to the Pacers at No. 11. For weeks, Payne has been prominently mentioned as a Thunder target. He’s a 6-foot-2 sophomore who can really shoot. Payne averaged 20.3 points […]

  • Who will Darnell Mayberry pick for the Thunder in 2015 NBA beat writers mock draft?

    Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    NBA beat writers from around the country will pick for the team they cover in a real-time mock draft today at 1 p.m. (via The Boston Globe ). The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry gets to make the Thunder's pick at No. 14. Follow along and offer your suggestions as the pick nears.

  • Darnell Mayberry plays Thunder GM in Mock Draft

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    With the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder selects ... Darnell Mayberry makes the Thunder's pick and joins beat writers from around the country in the Boston Globe's NBA Mock Draft at 1 p.m.

  • Report: Thunder looking to trade Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb, Steve Novak

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is reportedly looking at trade options. In what Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix calls " financially motivated ," the Thunder has reportedly shopped Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and Steve Novak in the last few days. With the NBA Draft on Thursday, the Thunder is looking for another pick, says Mannix. Novak, 32, was acquired in the three-team deal in February which landed the Thunder Enes Kanter and sent Reggie Jackson and Kendrick Perkins to Detroit and Utah, respectively. Lamb and Jones, each 23, have each been on the Thunder since 2012, but each saw a regression in game appearances from 2013-14 to 2014-15. Lamb saw his games played decrease from 78 to 47 and Jones went from 62 to 43.

  • PHOTOS: Kevin Durant's Nike KD8 shoe unveiled

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    It's become a yearly tradition in the sneaker world: The release of the next KDs. Photos of Kevin Durant's new shoe leaked in May, but Nike officially unveiled the newest version of Durant's signature footwear on Tuesday. Some key details provided by Nike: The KD8 is the most innovative shoe of Durant's career featuring two first-time technologies for Nike Basketball: Flyweave and articulated full-length Zoom Air Inspiration combined with the innovation: the sabertooth-inspired heel counter backstory along with the July 4th and V8 colorway stories The KD8 July 4th colorway is very limited and is available June 27. The lead KD V8 launch colorway is available globally on July 11.

  • Kevin Durant on Bob Barry Jr.'s passing: 'It just won't be the same'

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    Sports figures around the state have paid homage to sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. since his passing on Saturday. Thunder forward Kevin Durant offered his thoughts via Twitter on Monday. “Rest.In.Paradise Bob Barry Jr. It just won't be the same, much love to the family!,” Durant said. More from NewsOK : Carlson: People loved Bob Barry Jr. because he loved people Funeral services set for sportscaster Bob Barry Jr. Other driver in accident that killed Bob Barry Jr. makes first court appearance

  • Russell Westbrook named one of 'Most Stylish Men Alive' by GQ

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    All that stylin' and profilin' by Russell Westbrook had to pay off eventually. Jokes aside, the Thunder guard has been included in GQ's July issue which highlights the twenty best-dressed men alive. GQ explains: "GQ analyzed the nominees not based on what they wore to events and red carpets, but based on something much real-er. Their street style. The selection process was scientific. Hundreds of candidates considered. Thousands of street photos analyzed. GQ looked for guys who carry themselves with confidence and originality and whose moves we most want to steal.

  • NBA payroll lists: Thunder won't be in free agent market

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 22, 2015

    NBA Draft Week arrives, which is exciting. Because it means free agency arrives soon. The draft is nothing too exciting,  even if you’ve got a team with a lottery pick. That’s one roster spot, and sometimes you don’t know much about whoever gets taken. For instance, who could be drafted at No. 14 by the […]

  • Former Thunder forward Jeff Green excercises option with Grizzlies

    Published: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Grizzlies forward Jeff Green has exercised his player option,keeping him with Memphis for the 2015-16 season. The former Thunder player could have opted for free agency, but in exercising his player option will earn a base salary of $9.2 million this upcoming season. Green averaged 15 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 78 games this season between Boston and Memphis.

  • OU-Tennessee football kickoff time announced

    Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Oklahoma vs. Tennessee is set. The Sooners will kick off against the Volunteers Sept. 12 at Neyland Stadium at 5 p.m. central. The game will be carried by ESPN. In their last meeting, OU defeated Tennessee 34-10 in Norman in 2014.

  • When Kevin Durant shut down Rucker Park, as told by Bleacher Report

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Published: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    In August 2011, Thunder forward Kevin Durant put on a show at Harlem's famed Rucker Park, dropping 66 points in the Entertainers Basketball Classic. Bleacher Report took a cool look back at the moment with exclusive interviews from the memorable night.

  • Thunder guard Anthony Morrow has Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on his 'All-Teammate' team

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Throughout his tenure with the Oklahoma City Thunder, veteran guard Anthony Morrow has continually been a source of positivity about his Oklahoma City experience, not just to The Oklahoman, but on social media as well (see his encouraging update on Kevin Durant last week? What about his congrats to Russell Westbrook on getting the NBA Live 16 cover?) Morrow returned to his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., as host of his own summer pro-am league (the Anthony Morrow Summer Hoops League) and sat down for an interview with Langston Wertz Jr. of the Charlotte Observer, where the sharpshooter talked about the potential for a showdown with the Golden State Warriors next season in the playoffs, the talents of Kevin Durant

  • OKC Thunder: Here's 34 players the OKC will not draft

    Mike Sherman | Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry is in the process of profiling 14 players the Oklahoma City Thunder could possibly pick with the No. 14 overall selection in the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 25. The series continues through this weekend. You can read the latest here: Now comes a list of 34 players he, you and the Thunder can cross off the list. Thirty-four players who had declared as early entry candidates for the Draft have withdrawn.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast Draft Preview: Who should OKC take with the 14th pick?

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Jun 15, 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 […]