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  • NBA chat: Anthony Slater talks LeBron James, Thunder free agency and the trade exception

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Anthony Slater jumped on the Power Lunch chat today to talk about LeBron James's impending free agency, the Thunder's chances of getting into the LeBronathon, and OKC's free agency options. Here's the full transcript:

  • LeBron James will opt out of deal with Miami Heat

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that LeBron James has decided to opt out of the final two years of his contract with the Miami Heat and become a free agent on July 1. Opting out does not mean James has decided to leave the Heat, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the four-time NBA MVP nor the team had made any public announcement. James had two years and about $42.7 million remaining on his deal with the Heat. In his four seasons in Miami, the Heat have gone to the NBA Finals four times, winning two championships. James had until June 30 to decide whether to opt out of the final two years of his contract. James is scheduled to make $20 million next season. James could resign with the Heat long-term, but the news of him becoming an unrestricted free agent gives hope to teams looking for an immediate shift in power in the NBA. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should OKC do in the NBA Draft?

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 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 - 06/17 - In our first postseason edition of Thunder Buddies, we recap some preseason predictions, map out Sam Presti's potential offseason moves and talk a little draft and free agency. Archive Thunder Buddies - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion.

  • Jenni Carlson chat: Talking NBA Draft, Thunder trades and Devon Thomas

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    Jenni Carlson was on the Power Lunch chat today talking Thunder free agency targets, a theory on Devon Thomas' future and who Sam Presti would draft. Here's the full transcript:

  • Pat Riley's 'get a grip' good advice for Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Pat Riley spoke to the media Thursday in Miami. He doesn’t talk all that often. But when he does, it’s interesting. The Miami Heat president addressed his unsteady roster – 14 of the Heat’s 15 players will be or could be free agents, including superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and basically […]

  • Nick Collison undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday that veteran forward Nick Collison underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Collison is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities. This past season, Collison appeared in 81 games and averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Collison, […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel is answering your questions on Thunder, Big 12 football and more from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant's new shoe teased in Nike ad

    Published: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The latest edition of Kevin Durant's shoe line will be unveiled next week. Nike Basketball released a YouTube teaser on Wednesday to get the hype going about the KD7. The shoe giants will unveil Durant's latest signature shoe in a live online broadcast June 25 at 11 a.m. "Lightning never strikes the same place twice/And neither does KD," the video says. According to the Nike Basketball YouTube video, broadcast legend Ahmad Rashad will host Durant and Nike designer Leo Chang for the live debut "with a few surprises." Photos of the KD VII have already leaked, but who knows what Nike will reveal next week.

  • Thunder chat: Darnell Mayberry talks trade scenarios, starting lineups and CJ Miles

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry was on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday, talking Thunder offseason and potential additions to the roster. Here's the full transcript:

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What should Sam Presti do this offseason?

    Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 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 - 06/02 - The Thunder's season has come to an end in disappointing fashion. Who is at fault in Game 6? What's next for OKC? Who should they target in the draft? Free Agency? Finals picks? We discuss.

  • PHOTOS: Thunder center Steven Adams adds Polynesian tattoo to his right forearm

    Anthony Slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Back in 2005, when Chris Birdman Anderson was part of the Oklahoma City Hornets, he was already quirky. But his now tattoo-filled body was just in the early stages of its first coat of arm paint: He was 26 then. This is him just a few years later, looking like he had a bad run-in with a box of […]

  • Reported Thunder target Kristaps Porzingis pulls out of NBA Draft

    Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    One of the Thunder's reported targets in the NBA Draft is officially out. Kristaps Porzingis -- the 6-foot-11, 220-pounder who the Thunder reportedly made a promise to in the first round -- was on Tuesday's list of international players who had withdrawn their names from consideration for the 2014 NBA Draft. Porzingis, an 18-year-old from Latvia, was first reported to be out of the draft on Sunday night.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Jenni Carlson

    staff reports | Updated: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    Join columnist Jenni Carlson at 11 a.m. to discuss the NBA offseason, Thunder changes, the World Cup, Big 12 football and more on the Power Lunch chat. Get your questions in now.

  • Vote for Steven Adams in NBA's Social Media Awards

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is a nominee for an NBA Social Media Award in the LOL (laugh out loud) category. Adams, the 20-year-old Thunder rookie who’s known for his funny Tweets and entertaining interviews (oh, and he’s a pretty good player), is nominated for a tweet he sent out Jan. 29 following a […]

  • Heat, Thunder among early betting favorites for 2015 NBA championship

    Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Even though they were routed in the NBA Finals, the Miami Heat are the favorites for the NBA title according to online sportsbook Bovada. With 7-to-2 odds, the Heat is listed as the favorite for the title in 2015, with the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs each getting 6-1 odds. The Los Angeles Clippers are 9-1 favorites, while the Chicago Bulls and Indiana Pacers each are listed at 12-1. The worst odds go to the Milwaukee Bucks and the Philadelphia 76ers, each listed at 200-1. See the entire list here.

  • Kevin Durant says system helps Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Kawhi Leonard is fresh off an NBA Finals MVP performance with the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs do-everything forward still has some doubters. Kevin Durant said via Twitter that Leonard is "doing work like this because of the system." In a conversation with Twitter user @TigeeDwayne, Durant doesn't diss Leonard so much as say @TigeeDwayne is "trippin" for suggesting taking Leonard over Indiana's Paul George. When @TigeeDwayne asks if Durant doesn't think Leonard could do what he's doing with San Antonio if he was in Indiana, Durant simply says "no." Durant goes on to ask "Put Paul George on the Spurs what would happen?" Durant knows how effective the Spurs' system is, as he and the Thunder lost in six games to the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. So good were the Spurs that they closed out the Thunder in Game 6 without Tony Parker in the second half and overtime. Durant's tweets have since been deleted. (H/T @jdonsports)

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Anthony Slater

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The NBA offseason is officially here. What does the Thunder need to do to catch up to the Spurs? Anthony Slater will be on at 11 a.m. talking OKC offseason and the NBA Finals wrap-up. Join the conversation.

  • What will make a successful summer for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

    Darnell Mayberry | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    I took to Twitter on Thursday, as I frequently tend to do, and posed a question to Thunder fans. It was simple but perhaps significant. Shumpert or C.J. Miles? Who would you prefer on the Thunder next year? Iman Shumpert won in a landslide, garnering 43 of 54 votes by the time I closed my […]

  • Who are 13 players Sam Presti and the Thunder could target with their trade exception?

    Darnell Mayberry | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The Thunder has a trade exception that expires one month from today, which means that over the next 30 days general manager Sam Presti probably will be glued to the phones, picking the brains of opposing GMs to see exactly what’s out there. Oklahoma City acquired a $6.6 million trade exception last summer when it […]

  • Russell Westbrook teaming up with Barneys New York for clothing line

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The style portfolio of Russell Westbrook is ever expanding. Westbrook has teammed up with Barneys New York on a sportswear and accessory collection — Westbrook XO Barneys New York (short for Westbrook Exclusively Ours Barneys New York) — set for release in July. Introducing the Westbrook XO @BarneysNY collection, coming this summer to Barneys New […]