The highlights have come fast and furious since the opening tip of the USA Basketball Showcase. It was only a matter of time until the reigning MVP got in on the fun. As the Blue Team inexplicably failed to stop the ball in transition, Kevin Durant saw the opportunity to put shot-blocker supreme Anthony Davis on a poster and took full advantage. Read More »
Kevin Durant applauded LeBron James‘ decision to return to the Cavaliers when speaking to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne during Team USA tryouts in Vegas yesterday. He also said some nice things about returning to play in his hometown when his Thunder face the Wizards. Now everyone is freaking out about KD’s possible move to Washington DC when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. The instances of star free agency have become more frequent and speak to the irony behind the 2011 collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Read More »
/ Jul 22, 2014 / 5:00 pm
It was announced last Friday the Thunder’s Development League affiliate would relocate from Tulsa to Oklahoma City next season. Compared to everything else that’s happened this off-season, this seems like just a footnote on the news feed. But given the Thunder’s innovative strategy with how they employ their D-League roster, it could have a huge impact on the team and the league going forward.
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/ Jul 21, 2014 / 12:30 pm
During Kobe Bryant‘s whirlwind tour of Seattle for Richard Sherman‘s celebrity softball game — where he he hit a home run — and the Jamal Crawford Summer Pro Am — where Crawford introduced him as “this generation’s Michael Jordan,” Kobe also found time to stick it to Oklahoma City. Read More »
/ Jul 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm
Kevin Durant will hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2016. It’s still two years away, but that hasn’t stopped talking heads from getting a head start on the speculation. On Monday, Stephen A. Smith went on ESPN’s “Inside The Locker Room” to discuss Durant’s impending free agency.
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Pau Gasol is one of the most sought-after free agents on the market. After a week of incessant wining and dining by his distinguished suitors, reports of Gasol’s preferred destinations are finally emerging. Read More »
The Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs have already expressed interest in Pau Gasol. Now it’s the Oklahoma City Thunder’s turn to recruit the four-time All-Star and two-time champion, and they’re leaving no stone unturned in doing so. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook personally pitched Gasol in Los Angeles today on the idea of joining the Thunder. Read More »
This is the player movement era. Veteran stars that have the option to test the free agent market almost all will in today’s NBA. It’s the landscape ushered in by LeBron James‘ first decision in 2010 and the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement put into place a year-and-a-half later. As James’ decision to opt-out of his contract to test the market dominates headlines, Kevin Durant recently made some of his by supporting the decision of his fellow superstar. Read More »
/ Jun 23, 2014 / 12:30 pm
Phil Jackson and the Knicks have a busy off-season ahead of them. Carmelo Anthony has opted out of his contract to become a free agent this summer, so the prospect of losing him to another team like the Bulls are very real. If ‘Melo leaves, the Knicks will need to rebuild their roster, and it appears they’re getting a head start on those plans by trying to trade into the first round of this week’s draft.
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/ Jun 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm
Kevin Durant was a near unanimous selection as the 2014 NBA MVP, and he helped lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to within two games of a return trip to the NBA Finals before getting eliminated by the eventual champion Spurs. Despite the accolades, teammate Kendrick Perkins thinks he needs to hit the weights more this summer and get stronger. Read More »