• What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s the hangup? Why the delay? A few things could be holding it up. 1) Kanter’s camp is waiting on the DeAndre Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge decisions, which will clear up the market for centers. Jordan is waffling, by all reports, between the Clippers and the Mavericks. Aldridge, who knows what he’s doing? Virtually all the other notable big men have cast their claim. Marc Gasol is not even talking to

  • 2015 NBA Free Agency: Updates on Thunder, league deals

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    One down, one to go for the Thunder. Will Oklahoma City and Enes Kanter agree to a deal? Follow Day 3 of what's been a wild NBA free agency here with The Oklahoman and more for updates.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tees off at TopGolf

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Last week, video popped up of Kevin Durant taking part in some shooting exercises. Progress made. Looks like he can swing a golf club too. The Thunder star was at TopGolf in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, where more than a few local celebrities have stopped by since its opening a few weeks ago.

  • Report: LaMarcus Aldridge to meet with Heat's Riley, Lakers for second time

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Pat Riley is throwing his hat into the pursuit of free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge. Multiple reports have the Miami Heat general manager scheduled to sit down with Aldridge tonight following a second meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers in L.A. The Lakers reportedly failed to impress Aldridge in their first meeting on Wednesday, but in what they're calling a " follow up " meeting, plan to focus more on basketball and less about "branding possibilities in the city of Los Angeles."

  • Did Kevin Durant make NBA players think twice about one-year contracts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NBA players have made their decision. They embrace security. The free agent frenzy of the last couple of days has produced a bevy of five- and four-year contracts, even though the new salary structure in the NBA means free agents in summer 2016 and summer 2017 figure to reap a windfall, because of the escalating salary cap. The salary cap is in the neighborhood of $69 million this season, figures to be $90 million in 2016-17 and perhaps as high as $108 million in 2017-18. Analysts thought that might entice players to settle on one- or two-year contracts, so they could jump back into the frenzy soon. But that hasn’t happened. Of the free-agent signings so far, only Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerobko have

  • Report: Knicks reach out to Enes Kanter in free agency

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder isn't the only team looking at Enes Kanter in free agency. Multiple reports have the New York Knicks reaching out to the 6-foot-11 Thunder center. Kanter reportedly was scheduled to meet with the Thunder  Wednesday in Chicago. The Knicks missed out on free agent power forward Greg Monroe, who instead agreed to terms Thursday on a three-year, $49.4 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Knicks are reportedly interested  in free agent center Robin Lopez as well. Kanter is a restricted free agent, so the Thunder has the ability to match any offer sheet he signs with another team.

  • Report: Greg Monroe to sign with Milwaukee Bucks

    Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Power forward Greg Monroe will reportedly sign a max contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Monroe (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) will receive a reported $49.4 million over three years , with a player option on the third year of the deal. Monroe, 25, averaged 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season for the Detroit Pistons, who drafted him out of Georgetown in 2010.

  • How does Kyle Singler compare with Perry Jones III?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Kyle Singler will sign a five-year contract with the Thunder for almost $5 million a season. I don’t know the details; let’s call it $4.8 million a season. That’s a decent amount of money on a team in which the incredibly valuable Anthony Morrow is making $3.4 million a season. Of course, when you factor in the new NBA salary structure that kicks in next season, Singler’s $4.8 million is more like $3.4 million, so it’s not kooky money. A better way to gauge Singler is not through his money, but through his performance. He’s played three full NBA seasons. To whom does he compare? Well, let’s compare him to the guy whose job he took, Perry Jones III.

  • Serge Ibaka left off of Spanish National Team roster for European Championships

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Last week, it was Enes Kanter getting " snubbed " by his national team. This week, it's Serge Ibaka. The Thunder veteran was left off of Spain's 17-man preliminary roster, announced Tuesday, for the 2015 European Basketball Championships, with head coach Sergio Scariolo picking Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic instead. From eurobasket2015.org: "It is not a question of one being better than the other, everybody knows Niko [Mirotic] and Serge have different skill-sets and attributes as players," Spain's coach said. "Niko deserves to have his chance on the senior team after defending this jersey at youth level. "Serge has already had this experience with great success and this is an opportunity to also show to Niko how it feels to be alongside this group of players and be a part of this team. "We did not call up Ibaka to training camp because we had to make a decision respectful to both players, who deserve to know what they will do with their summer." Ibaka has occupied the place of the naturalized player on the Spanish team at the 2011 European Championship, the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

  • Report: Kendrick Perkins drawing interest from Rockets, Pelicans, Knicks

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Former Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is reportedly drawing interest from the Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and New York Knicks in free agency, according to ESPN's Royce Young. Perkins was traded to the Utah Jazz this past season but was waived and acquired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he averaged 9.8 minutes per game in 17 games for the Eastern Conference champions.

  • Report: Thunder agrees to free agent deal with Michael Qualls

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder has reportedly agreed to a 1-year free agent deal with former Arkansas guard Michael Qualls, Real GM's Shams Charania reports. Qualls tore his ACL in predraft workouts and went undrafted. The Thunder is reportedly monitoring Qualls' rehab for tears in both of his knees. "I know I can't go in right away and help a team out," Qualls said leading up to the draft. "But I feel like if a team will stay patient and diligent with me through this process, it'll be a great choice for them." Qualls' story is an interesting one. The 6-foot-5, 201 pounder with a 39-inch vertical averaged 15.9 points and 5.3 rebounds a a junior at Arkansas. But the 21-year-old entered the draft this year knowing he might not be a first-round pick because it was time to " provide for my family and my son ." If signed, Qualls will not count against the Thunder's active roster.

  • What did Enes Kanter say and what did he mean?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    By all accounts, Enes Kanter is talking with the Thunder today about a new contract. I wrote about Kanter for the Wednesday Oklahoman, and the factors that make it even more likely that he will remain in OKC. You can read that column here. The 23-year-old center has been in Turkey most of the offseason — he’s been seen strolling around d in Thunder gear, which I assume is a good sign — so we haven’t heard about his latest thoughts. But we do have his exit interview from April. Let’s revisit that interview and see if we can find some clues about what he wants: On his contract situation: “Obviously I love it here. Obviously it’s not in my head. We just have to see

  • Who was the final draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      Trivia question: Who was the final draft pick of the Seattle SuperSonics? And no, it’s not Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was Seattle’s first-round pick, a week or so before the Sonics moved to Oklahoma City. But Westbrook wasn’t even the Sonics’ final first-round pick. That honor went to Serge Ibaka, drafted 24th overall. The Sonics’ final pick was Sasha Kaun, the Kansas center who averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds a game on the Jayhawks’ NCAA championship team. Kaun was a four-year Jayhawk, playing with a bevy of future NBA players — Mario Chalmers, Brandon Rush, Darrell Arthur, Cole Aldrich and Julian Wright. On draft night, Sam Presti traded Kaun to

  • Death of former OKC Hornets forward Jackson Vroman another blow to Iowa State community

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The death of former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman is yet another blow to an Iowa State athletics community that's had too many tragedies in the last decade plus. At least nine former ISU athletes and coaches have died since 2003. Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register writes about how deeply the passings have affected the Cyclones family. Vroman, who played for the Hornets in 2005-06, died Monday at the age of 34 .

  • Report: Thunder, Enes Kanter plan Wednesday free agency meeting in Chicago

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Ever since trading for Enes Kanter at the deadline last February, the Thunder has maintained that its biggest offseason priority would be retaining him on the open market. As free agency nears, OKC seems to be serious about that proclamation. Real GM’s Shams Charainia is reporting that Kanter and the Thunder brass will sit down on Wednesday […]

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook among NBA's top-selling jerseys in '14-15

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    They bowed out early this year, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were still among the NBA's most popular jerseys. Durant and Westbrook finished ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in jersey sales on NBAStore.com in 2014-15. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry ranked No. 1. Former OU All-American Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) is No. 8 on the list. The Oklahoma City Thunder ranked eighth in the league in most popular team merchandise. NBA champion Golden State led the way.

  • Oddsmakers say Thunder guard Cameron Payne a longshot to win Rookie of the Year

    erik horne | Updated: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Bovada.lv released its odds for 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year, and newly-drafted Thunder guard Cameron Payne is a bit of a longshot. Payne is listed at 33-to-1 odds to win the award, a good bit away from odds leader Jahlil Okafor of the Philadelphia 76ers, who's the favorite at 7/2. Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell (4/1) and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (each 7/1) are the closest to Okafor. The odds make sense for Payne. Unlike the aforementioned rookies, Payne may find it hard to get enough minutes to put up big enough stats to impress Rookie of the Year voters. That's what backing up Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin will do to your ROY campaign.

  • Report: Kings probing John Calipari about coaching, front-office jobs

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    The Sacramento Kings appear to be looking for a way out of George Karl. Yahoo Sports reports that the Kings have investigated whether they can fire the head coach with "cause" in the wake of his broken relationship with All-Star forward DeMarcus Cousins. Karl's potential replacement? University of Kentucky coach John Calipari. Calipari has reportedly been in communication with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and Kings front office members about potentially taking over complete control of basketball operations as well as coaching duties. Calipari's arrival would be an effort by the Kings to patch up their relationship with Cousins, who played one season for Calipari in Lexington.

  • Russell Westbrook has a new cologne that's 'fresh, yet different'

    Published: Tue, Jun 30, 2015

    Russell Westbrook's collaboration with Barneys has expanded into fragrances. Want to smell like "the brodie?" Byredo Westbrook is the Thunder guard's latest venture into fashion. According to GQ, Westbrook teamed up with athlete turned perfumer Ben Gorham to create a fragrance "layered with Bergamot, tobacco and vertiver." "Fresh, yet different - just like my style," is how Westbrook described the cologne, which retails at $350 and is available at barneys.com.

  • Former OKC Hornets player Jackson Vroman dies

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Former New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets forward Jackson Vroman died Monday at the age of 34. The 6-foot-10 Iowa State product was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls in 2004. He played in 41 games for the Hornets in 2005-06, his last season in the NBA, averaging 1.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Vroman finished with career averages of 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in four NBA seasons. Vroman played for the Lebanse national basketball team, which announced his death Monday evening . More from NewsOK : Player bio (2005 with Hornets) Q&A: Jackson Vroman




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