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  • Report: Kevin Durant staying with Nike; company matches Under Armour offer

    Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    With Kevin Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the Oklahoma City Thunder star. Nike has countered Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Durant for the next 10 years, according to ESPN sources. Durant has been with Nike since the beginning of his professional career in 2007. The exact offer by Nike is unknown, but reports are that Durant will make more -- in base salary and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million).

  • VIDEO: Mitch McGary discusses his marijuana suspension with Vice Sports

    Matt Carney | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in June, Thunder beat reporter Darnell Mayberry said in his profile of Mitch McGary that the newly drafted big man didn’t fit the prototype of the usual Sam Presti draft pick, in part because McGary was suspended by the NCAA for a year after testing positive for marijuana. Well Vice Sports today published a […]

  • Kevin Durant shows you what's inside his fridge

    Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a part of Sports Illustrated's Fridge Raider series, Thunder forward Kevin Durant opened up his refrigerator to show off what he keeps on chill. Most of what Durant consumes is fish and veggies for protein (as well as STRONG & KIND bars), and natural foods like oatmeal, fruit and a lot of water. But the Thunder star does have a sweet tooth, particularly for Twizzlers, honey buns and Oreos.

  • Kevin Durant-Under Armour-Nike: The latest in the KD shoe saga

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant is a free agent and he has a decision to make. Not about where he's going to play (that's not until 2016). Under Armour and Nike are currently in a tug-of-war for Durant's services. Reports surfaced last week that Roc Nation, which represents Durant, informed Nike that it had an offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265-285 million over 10 years. Nike has the right to match any offer, but Durant can still choose Nike even if its offer comes in lower than Under Armour's. Numerous reports cited Wednesday as the deadline day for Nike to make a decision. Well, Wednesday came and people started talking. Durant's gone off to Under Armour for 10 years, $325 million. Under Armour has signed Durant for 10 years, $285 million. Nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been announced. ESPN's Darren Rovell says Nike still has time to match Under Armour. Stay tuned.

  • Report: Clippers to pay Doc Rivers $10M per year

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension through the end of the 2018-19 season, with multiple reports saying he will be paid in excess of $10 million annually. Rivers has two years remaining on the three-year, $21 million deal he signed with the Clippers last year after coming from the Boston Celtics.

  • Thunder No. 2 in SI's Western Conference Power Rankings

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    It's the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the top of the Western Conference again. Sports Illustrated released its offseason power rankings, and last season's Western Conference finalists are 1-2 in the West. From Ben Golliver: "2. Oklahoma City Thunder: The franchise's first championship of the Oklahoma City era is within reach if it can simply avoid the bad luck that piled up throughout last season. A career year from Kevin Durant, who surpassed James in both the MVP race and Player Efficiency Rating, carried the team through Russell Westbrook's multiple absences, but it wasn't enough to make up for Serge Ibaka's devastating calf injury that limited him during the conference finals. Still, it took a vintage performance from Duncan to slay the Thunder in six games, and Oklahoma City can take heart knowing that it posted a 6-2 record against San Antonio last season when Ibaka played."

  • OKC Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia for a $1.25 million trade exception

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The lightly-productive but always entertaining Hasheem Thabeet era in Oklahoma City has come to an end. On Tuesday afternoon, the Thunder traded its third-string center to Philadelphia for a $1.3 million trade exception. OKC also received a second-round pick in the deal, but it is heavily protected -- a phantom pick -- and will likely never make its way into OKC's hands. With Steven Adams' emergence last season and the first round selection of Mitch McGary in this past June's draft, Thabeet became expendable. Behind incumbent starter Kendrick Perkins and Adams, Scott Brooks has become increasingly more comfortable going small, meaning Nick Collison, McGary and even Serge Ibaka can play center at times.

  • VIDEO: Serge Ibaka with a monster block, alley-oop sequence in Spanish win over Argentina

    anthony slater | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    With Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant withdrawing from Team USA, the upcoming FIBA World Cup became a lot less interesting in Oklahoma City. But there is still one nation with some Thunder ties. Serge Ibaka plays for Team Spain, the host nation loaded with high-level NBA talent. On Monday, in a 33-point tune-up win over […]

  • OKC Thunder hires Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to be D-League head coach

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Oklahoma City’s newest professional team has its first head coach. On Friday afternoon, Sam Presti and the Thunder officially hired Florida assistant Mark Daigneault to lead its D-League team.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant tells story of his first meeting with Steph Curry

    Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    On Tuesday afternoon, Kevin Durant was among a star-studded NBA panel, answering questions alongside Steph Curry, James Harden and Anthony Davis at NBA 2K’s Uncensored event. Durant talked about a variety of topics, including his decision to withdraw from Team USA, the idea of coaching challenges being implemented in the NBA and where his scoring prowess […]

  • Kevin Durant talks Team USA departure, rule changes and his scoring prowess at NBA 2K event

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Wed, Aug 20, 2014

    Team USA president Jerry Colangelo surprised some late last week when he told gathered media in Chicago that Kevin Durant left the national team because of a “contractual situation.” It contradicted Durant’s original reason for departure, which cited mental and physical fatigue in a statement released days before Colangelo’s comments. But Colangelo eventually cleared up the situation, telling […]

  • Thunder Buddies Podcast: What do you make of Kevin Durant's decision to sit out the World Cup?

    Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 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 - 08/19 (<-Click here) -  The NBA schedule has been released and the roadmap for the next nine months has been laid. We return from a little hiatus to break down the best games and most intriguing matchups.

  • VIDEO: All the Thunder players who have accepted ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    Anthony Slater | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

    If you would have explained the concept of the Ice Bucket Challenge, then had me predict the first two Thunder players to take part in the now-viral Internet trend, the guess would have been simple. Steven Adams and Hasheem Thabeet, OKC's two massive and fun-loving big men who seem to enjoy the quirky moments of life. But a couple weeks since this well-intentioned fad has hit the web and invaded Instagram pages across the sporting world, neither Thabeet or Adams have released a video. And they are in the minority among Thunder players. Eleven different guys on the OKC roster have had cold water dumped on their head for the ALS charity.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Thunder writer Darnell Mayberry

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Aug 19, 2014

  • OKC Thunder: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer guarantees season-opening win over 'old Seattle team'

    Anthony Slater | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    Steve Ballmer ushered in his ownership era with the Clippers in style on Monday afternoon, staging an offseason pep rally in Staples Center for his new fanbase. During it, Ballmer was introduced to the crowd with an Eminem song, before delivering a wild and eccentric speech in which the energetic billionaire made his fare share of bold […]

  • Power Lunch: Chat with sports editor Mike Sherman

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Aug 15, 2014

    Join Mike Sherman, sports editor of The Oklahoman, on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be chatting preseason football for the Sooners and Cowboys, Thunder schedule, and more live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Jerry Colangelo 'contractual situation' comments clarified, about Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Those interesting comments from Jerry Colangelo on Kevin Durant? Turns out, they were about Kevin Love, and were misinterpreted in various reports.

  • WATCH: Kevin Durant in new 'The Badd35t' Foot Locker commerical

    Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    "This kid out there putting in work. He's the baddest player alive. He just doesn't know it." Maybe that was Kevin Durant once. In his latest "The Badd35t" commercial for Nike and Foot Locker, Kevin Durant says he was that kid. Durant tweeted out video of his latest spot on Thursday afternoon. "They say you're too skinny. Too weak. Too nice. "They said all that to me too. "Just go get a ball. Find a hoop. "Then when you're ready ... I'll be waiting."

  • Kevin Durant looks ridiculously real in NBA2K15 screenshots

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    As many of you know, Kevin Durant is the face of the latest NBA2K video game — NBA2K15 — set for release on Oct. 7. Not much has been seen of the game other than a few teaser videos, but a high-resolution screen shot was released this week of Durant  and it’s pretty unbelievable. The […]

  • Report: Kevin Durant meets with Under Armour

    Published: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell says that Kevin Durant met with Under Armour on Wednesday at its headquarters in Baltimore, Md. Durant is a shoe free agent after spending his entire professional career with Nike. The Thunder forward's endorsement deal with Nike expired in July. Durant was reportedly offered a deal in excess of $30 million annually by Under Armour , which operates out of Durant's home state. Nike and Adidas are also reportedly after Durant. The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player  released his latest shoe -- the Nike KD7 -- in June.