• Cam Payne: What kind of basketball place is Murray State?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The newest Thunder is Cam Payne, whose slogan when he was drafted 14th overall Thursday night was chip-on-my-shoulder. Payne didn’t mind telling everyone he felt he belonged at Duke but instead became a mid-major star at Murray State of the Ohio Valley Conference. Here’s a tutorial on Murray State basketball: * Murray State is located in Murray, Ky., in far western Kentucky. It’s not in the middle of nowhere. Murray State is within three hours of Louisville, Memphis, Nashville and St. Louis. Murray State has 11,166 students. * The Racers have made 15 NCAA Tournaments and have won three times, beating Colorado State in 2012, Vanderbilt in 2010 and North Carolina State in 1988.

  • Live Coverage: Thunder introduces first-round draft pick Cameron Payne

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder introduces its newest draft pick - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne - to the media at 10:30 a.m. Follow our live coverage with Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and more from around the web.

  • OKC Thunder: Undrafted Duke guard Quinn Cook expected to play on Thunder summer league team

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Seventeen seniors were selected during Thursday night’s NBA Draft. None of them were named Quinn Cook, the four-year guard who helped lead Duke to a national championship with his steady play. And it looks like the Thunder may benefit. Real GM’s Shams Charania is reporting that Cook has agreed to play for OKC’s summer league team in Orlando, which begins on July 4. During his productive career at Duke, Cook got better each year, averaging double-figures his last three seasons. As a senior on the Blue Devils recent championship team, he was integral, averaging 15.3 points and 2.6 assists, while shooting nearly 40 percent from three.

  • OKC Thunder: Former Oklahoma State center Mike Cobbins to play for Thunder's summer league team

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Mike Cobbins recently completed a solid career at Oklahoma State, serving as the Cowboys’ lanky rim protector and occasional scorer the past few seasons. The first stop in his professional career? Just an hour down the road. Cobbins went undrafted on Thursday night, but will join the Thunder’s summer league team, which will begin practice […]

  • Edmond Santa Fe product Josh Richardson 'started freaking out' when Miami Heat drafted him

    Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Josh Richardson, the former Edmond Santa Fe and Tennessee standout, rose up the draft boards enough in the past month to get selected by the Miami Heat  in Thursday's NBA Draft. Richardson's reaction to being drafted and getting a chance to play for the two-time NBA champions? "We were all really excited and I started freaking out," Richardson told the media in Miami on Friday. The 6-foot-6 guard, who was a first-team All-SEC player as a senior and was a defensive All-American, said he's a good fit for what the Heat want to do, particularly on defense. "I know the way the Heat like to play defense and I fit the mold," Richardson said . "I can come in and play great defense and knock down open shots."

  • Thunder's NBA Draft earns high grades from national media

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder selected two players in the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday - Murray State point guard Cameron Payne (No. 14 overall) and Kentucky center Dakari Johnson (No. 48). Chances were slim that the Thunder was going to find a starter at the back end of the lottery (or in the second round), but the team still took the opportunity to add depth at the 1 and even more size in the frontcourt. But how did the Thunder's draft grade out among the national media? Let's take a look. USA Today: A There are 30 teams in the NBA and Scott Gleeson of USA Today awarded the Thunder one of only five "A" grades on draft night, giving Oklahoma City credit for capitalizing

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti acknowledges passing of Bob Barry Jr. with lengthy opening statement

    Anthony Slater | Published: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    As Thursday night turned into Friday morning, Sam Presti finally emerged from his draft night war room, a touch after midnight, to discuss the newest members of the Thunder. But before fielding questions, Presti wanted to acknowledge the recent passing of KFOR sports anchor Bob Barry Jr. His full statement: “One thing before we get started,” Presti […]

  • Q&A: Thunder draft pick Cameron Payne talks draft night, his fit in OKC and more

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Moments after he was selected 14th overall by the Thunder on Thursday night, Cameron Payne stepped off the stage, stared at a national TV audience and confidently referred to himself in third person. “I can be the next success because I’m coming in with a chip on my shoulder,” he said. “There is no ceiling […]

  • Live Coverage: 2015 NBA Draft

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Who will the Thunder take at No. 14? Follow live coverage of the NBA Draft with The Oklahoman and more writers from around the nation

  • Jeremy Lamb thanks Oklahoma City fans, teammates

    erik horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Jeremy Lamb took to Instagram to say goodbye to Oklahoma City on Thursday. Hours before the NBA Draft, the 23-year-old guard was traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round pick. He offered his appreciation to his teammates and the city during his three-year stint with the Thunder. "Thank you Okc For everything yall have taught me!!!," Lamb said. "Great teammates great fans!!! Taught me great habits and how to b a professional!!! That will stick wit me throughout my career!#blessed."

  • 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.