Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

The Thunder have hired Mark Daigneault to coach the teams D-League affiliate.

Daigneault spent the last four years as an assistant coach to Billy Donovan at the University of Florida, and during his time there, the team built an impressive record of 120-30. "I have had a great deal of respect for the Thunder organization throughout my career, and I’m excited to immerse myself in the culture there, and focus on the continued development of the program," said Daigneault.
Aug 22 - 5:07 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are unlikely to reach a deal on an extension with Reggie Jackson before the October 31 deadline, according to NewsOK.com

The Thunder would prefer to lock Jackson up now as he is set to be a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the team, but that scenario is looking unlikely according to NewsOK.com's report. The 23-year-old averaged 13.1 points, 1.0 three-pointers, 3.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 1.1 steals during the 2013-14 season, but his fantasy value is a tad limited as long as Russell Westbrook is healthy.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 21 - 12:13 PM

Kevin Durant has reportedly been offered a $325 million, 10-year shoe deal from Under Armour after spending Wednesday at their facility.

Adidas is also looking to sign Durant, and his new agent Jay-Z seems to be busy. Nike has already put out their new KD7 for the upcoming season, a very popular shoe at Las Vegas Summer League, and they are reportedly not out of the running. There have been some rumors that Durant isn't playing because of Under Armor, but that doesn't make sense because one would think Under Armor would absolutely want KD on the court as he's part of their brand.
Aug 16 - 9:31 AM

Lance Thomas reached an agreement on a deal with the Thunder.

It's just a training camp offer and he'll have just an outside shot to make the team. Thomas was with the Bulls in July and went to a Nets' mini-camp back in May, but nothing really came to fruition.
Aug 14 - 10:16 PM

Tibor Pleiss will sign with FC Barcelona.

The FC Barcelona basketball team isn't exactly an international powerhouse like its soccer team, so Pleiss should be able to get some minutes. Pleiss was close to signing with the Thunder last month, but they couldn't come to terms. He'll be overseas for the first five years of his career since being drafted in 2010.
Aug 11 - 1:18 PM

Kevin Durant's decision to leave Team USA due to fatigue may prompt the Thunder to lower his playing time next season.

"As we go forward there’s no question [Durant's playing time] is something we want to look at and understand," Thunder GM Sam Presti said at the end of the season. "Not only for the long term, but to also make sure we are getting the most out of the minutes that are played during one particular game or another ... I can’t tell you what comes of it." Head coach Scott Brooks has played Durant between 38-40 minutes per game for the past six seasons, but may be forced to ease it back closer to 36-38 minutes to give the league's MVP a bit more rest.
Source: Oklahoman
Aug 10 - 4:54 PM

Kevin Durant has withdrawn from team USA's FIBA World Cup trip to Spain.

"Kevin reached out to Coach K and myself this afternoon and expressed that he is just physically and mentally drained from the season," team USA basketball director Jerry Colangelo said on Thursday. KD was one of the cornerstone pieces of the team as he was set to see heavy minutes at power forward. Now Team USA will be scrambling to replace last season's MVP. In a statement released to the public Durant said "After going through training camp with USAB, I realized I could not fulfill my responsibilities to the team from both a time and energy standpoint. I need to take a step back and take some time away, both mentally and physically in order to prepare for the upcoming NBA season."
Aug 7 - 6:31 PM

Kevin Durant is close to signing a deal with Under Armour.

Durant's deal is reported to be in the $325 million range over 10 years and would also include equity in the company. While this news doesn't have any fantasy implications, it's a great white-sized score for Under Armour and a well-deserved windfall for the reigning NBA MVP.
Aug 7 - 9:29 AM

Tibor Pleiss is close to signing with FC Barcelona.

The 24-year-old German was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2010 draft, but has served as an oversea stash for the past four years. While he is eligible to play in the NBA this season, it looks like the 7’1" center will continue to hone his craft in Europe.
Jul 31 - 11:03 AM

Kevin Durant is from the Washington, D.C. area and addressed rumors about him playing for the Wizards when his contract is up in two years.

Durant gave the standard "I play for the Thunder and have not thought that far ahead" answer to begin with, but also addressed the situation head on. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "That whole city is a part of me. It's in my blood. I love going back home, seeing my family and playing there, but I love Oklahoma City, too." Durant went on to say that "everybody's" asked him about a return to D.C., adding "I'm not going to sit here and act like I'm naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff." But the bottom line is that this decision is a couple years away and it will likely depend on the state of the Thunder, the Wizards and other teams when it's time for him to decide. But it does sound like there's a very real chance Durant could make a run for the Wizards two years from now.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 12:24 AM

Serge Ibaka (calf) is still not 100 percent after rupturing his left calf during the 2013-14 NBA playoffs.

While Ibaka is planning on playing for Spain in September's World Cup of Basketball, he disclosed that his ruptured calf isn't fully healed. "I'm not 100 percent back yet, but I'm getting better," Ibaka said. "I'm trying to get back in shape and it's going to take time." The Thunder would likely prohibit Ibaka from playing in the World Cup if he isn't fully healed by September, which could serve as good news for fantasy owners who want the big man healthy for the start of the 2014-15 NBA season.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 29 - 11:18 AM

Kevin Durant said his commitment to Team USA stems from wanting to play as much basketball as he can.

Even though the reigning NBA MVP is only 25 years old, he is making sure he maximizes his hoops window. "My basketball life is short in the grand scheme of things. I want to play as much as I can." Durant will enter the 2014-15 season as the consensus No. 1 overall fantasy pick and will use this summer's World Cup of Basketball as a springboard to hit the ground running for the start of the NBA season.
Jul 29 - 10:45 AM

Coach Scott Brooks is hoping his team will get into the top 10 for assists per game.

They were tied for 13th in assists per game last season and just 26th in total passes per game, so ball movement hasn't been a strong suit for the Thunder. Of course, when a team has the top two players in usage rate, it's unlikely to lead to a well-balanced attack. The roles of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant shouldn't change much with both guys expected to have big seasons.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 28 - 11:26 AM

Tibor Pleiss is close to signing with the Thunder, according to his agent.

Last month, he was not expected to sign with the Thunder, and it's possible he stays in Europe. Pleiss signed a four-year deal to play in Spain back in 2012, but he is eligible to play in the USA this season.
Source: Sportando
Jul 28 - 10:02 AM

Former University of Maryland head coach Gary Williams thinks Kevin Durant could wind up back in the Washington D.C. area.

Williams' thoughts on Durant are just idle summer chatter, but the former Terrapins head coach thinks Durant could sign with the Wizards when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2016. "One interesting thing on this LeBron going back to Cleveland, Durant’s watching that very close," Williams said on a radio interview last week. "He’s seeing the adulation pouring out for LeBron James for coming home. And Durant loves this area." We'll chalk this one up to summer conjecturing for now, but if Williams is correct, the Wizards have two seasons to prove to Durant that he can win in D.C.
Jul 22 - 10:23 AM


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