• Emails in on Enes Kanter

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Enes Kanter is safely in the Thunder fold, after much debate over his four-year, $70-million contract. I wasn’t crazy about the Kanter contract, but how did the readers feel? Let’s let them tell us: David: “Max Deal Today, Bargain Tomorrow. I've assumed all along that this theory (fact) was the underbelly of the Kanter deal. Unless there is an escalation clause in the new cap agreement, if Kanter plays a little D (and I suspect he will) he could turn out to be a real bargain going forward.” Well, I would never go that far. Max Deal Today, Manageable Tomorrow. That’s as far as I’ll go.

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, will play for Team World in the sold-out exhibition at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will be comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Thunder assistant Monty Williams will be on Popovich's staff for Team Africa. Team World will be coached by Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel

  • Adam Silver: Changes to NBA playoff seeding likely starting next season

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that starting as early as next season playoff seeding will be based solely on the records of the top eight teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences. Division winners have previously earned automatic top four seeds entering the playoffs.

  • John Wall perspective on big NBA contracts, CBA: 'I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson'

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Who's better: Washington Wizards guard John Wall or former Thunder guard Reggie Jackson? You can't tell by the money they're getting paid. Jackson received a five-year, $80 million contract from the Detroit Pistons this offseason and Wall used Jackson's deal to offer some perspective on the escalating contracts in the NBA -- recalling how people were critical of the five-year, $80 million deal he received in 2013. Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has made two All-Star teams in his five year career, whereas Jackson, the No. 24 overall pick in 2011, has primarily served as a backup to Russell Westbrook during his first four years in the league. "People talk about me getting $80 million, now you got people getting $85 million that haven't made the All-Star [Game] or anything like that," Wall told Comcast SportsNet Washington. "I guess they came in at the right time. That new CBA kicked in, and they're good now. Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 million. I'm getting the same as Reggie Jackson. "But I'm happy for all those guys. To see anybody get the opportunity to live their dream out, get the opportunity to take care of their family when they can, it's a blessing."

  • Thunder gets 'B' grade for Perry Jones trade to Celtics

    Published: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Thunder was able to trim some of its luxury tax to come by dealing Perry Jones III to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday. So, who won the trade? Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com gives the Thunder a "B" grade and the Celtics an "A". From Pelton:  "I'm sure Oklahoma City was hoping to move Jones into another team's space or trade exception without giving up any assets. Alas, with only one season left on his rookie contract, interest in Jones apparently wasn't that strong. Still, the savings were so great that the Thunder can afford to give up a second-round pick and cash."

  • OKC Thunder: Perry Jones traded to the Celtics in a cost-cutting move

    anthony slater | Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending the 6-foot-11 forward and a second-round pick to the Boston Celtics.

  • VIDEO: This guy nailed a Russell Westbrook impression and Westbrook loved it

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most animated and passionate players in the NBA. He's so expressive that even his off-court facial expressions have gone viral. Overseas hooper/self-proclaimed "social media icon" @BdotAdot5 paid homage to Westbrook with this pretty spot-on impression, which is gaining serious traction on Twitter. Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) in game facial expressions be like… vs. His Player Picture. feat. @That_Guyy23 pic.twitter.com/ejt7319J1R — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 13, 2015 The short video is so good, Westbrook himself gave it the seal of approval Monday.

  • Hasheem Thabeet ejected from NBA Summer League game

    Published: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Former Thunder center Hasheem Thabeet was playing for the D-League Select Team this weekend in a Summer League game in Las Vegas and was ejected rather quickly. Thabeet picked up two quick technical fouls. Then he preceded to beat up a chair according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

  • OKC Thunder: A look at the Thunder's 2015-16 payroll player-by-player

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sun, Jul 12, 2015

    The Enes Kanter match is now official. The 4-year, $70 million offer sheet he signed with the Blazers is transferred over to the Thunder. And with it, OKC now has a roster filled to the brim. Some potential moves could change things in the coming weeks — Steve Novak and Perry Jones have reportedly been shopped […]

  • Joel Embiid's potential season-ending injury not like Kevin Durant's says source

    Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    LAS VEGAS - Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid hasn't played a minute of NBA basketball and his career may already be in jeopardy. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, will have a second surgery on his right foot and is likely to miss all of the 2015-16 season, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer . Embiid has not played yet for the Sixers, missing his rookie season after undergoing surgery last June to repair a stress fracture in the navicular bone in his right foot. Per the Inquirer, a checkup last month revealed Embiid's foot wasn't improved, but had actually worsened compared to a previous evaluation. A source told Keith Pompey of the Inquirer that Embiid's scenario is more Yao Ming that Kevin Durant. Durant missed a majority of the 2014-15 season due to multiple surgeries on his fractured right foot. "Some people are saying this is similar to Kevin Durant," the source told the Inquirer. "But this is something more serious than what Kevin Durant has [a Jones fracture]. This is like the basketball [career killer]."

  • OKC Thunder: Josh Huestis' agent "confident" his client will play in NBA next season

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Sat, Jul 11, 2015

    If the Thunder choose to match Enes Kanter's offer sheet -- which OKC is expected to do before Sunday's deadline -- it'll have the maximum of 15 players under guaranteed contract for next season.  It becomes a roster full to the brim with no immediate place for Josh Huestis, the 2014 first round domestic draft-and-stash pick who was thought to have a spot on this year's squad.  OKC has reportedly been shopping Perry Jones and Steve Novak. So there are ways the Thunder can still find a place for Huestis. And according to his agent Toby Bailey, that's something that's likely to get done. Bailey recently told the Great Falls Tribune, a publication near where Huestis grew up, that he believed his

  • Thunder officially sign 14th overall pick Cameron Payne to rookie deal

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

      In what was a formality, the Thunder has announced the signing of first round pick Cameron Payne. Per the NBA’s rookie scale, first round picks are slotted into pre-set salary figures based on their slot in the draft. Payne was selected 14th overall. The 14th pick on this season’s rookie scale is slated at […]

  • Russell Westbrook up for multiple NBPA Players' Awards

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    The National Basketball Players Association awards are coming! What's that? Back in April , the NBPA announced that it would have it's own Players' Awards in Las Vegas - created by and voted on by the players rather than media members. Well, the list of finalists in each award category came out Thursday, and Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is included. Westbrook is a finalist for the "Clutch Performer," "Hardest to Guard," and "Most Valuable Player" awards. And Chesapeake Energy Arena is one of four finalists for "Best Home Court Advantage." The Players' Awards will air July 21 on BET.

  • Report: Enes Kanter expected to sign offer sheet with Blazers; Thunder can match

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    The silent stand-off between Enes Kanter and the Thunder has taken a surprising twist. Kanter traveled to Portland on Thursday afternoon and signed an offer sheet with the Trail Blazers, one of a select few teams that had enough cap room to meet Kanter’s monetary wishes. Portland is looking for a replacement for LaMarcus Aldridge. The offer […]

  • Enes Kanter: What the Internet's saying about the Blazers' $70 million offer

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Should the Thunder bring back Enes Kanter on a four-year, $70 million deal? That's what it's going to take, as Kanter has reportedly signed a max deal with the Thunder's division rival - the Portland Trail Blazers. Some are for it, others think it's crazy money for a center with rare offensive skills but obvious holes on defense. Thunder general manager Sam Presti told The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater that the Thunder's "intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard." Here's what some of the Internet's NBA community had to say about the proposed deal and what the Thunder should do.

  • Russell Westbrook to debut new Jordan Brand shoes at Penn Square Mall

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Russell Westbrook is coming to Penn Square Mall. The Thunder star will be out at Foot Locker's House of Hoops on Saturday to promote his first signature shoe - the Jordan Brand "Westbrook Zero." Westbrook has been teasing their arrival for the past few days with photos via social media. Westbrook will appear from 9:30 a.m.-noon to greet fans, and a limited quantity of autographed photos and special edition bags will be available. 2 DAYS........ #westbrookzero #justwaitonit pic.twitter.com/yvqaj2AXKB — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 9, 2015 // 3 DAYS....... #westbrookzero

  • 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.