Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Dion Waiters (foot) will play vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday.

He didn't have any setbacks during shootaround and it sounds like his re-evaluation on Tuesday went well, so Waiters should be in the clear. That doesn't make him a reliable fantasy option, of course, as he shot just 41.7 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the FT line in March.
Apr 1 - 6:26 PM

The NBA has rescinded a technical foul for Russell Westbrook and he now has 14 on the season.

This is big news because he would be suspended for one game with 16 technical fouls on the season. Westbrook now has a one tech cushion in his final eight games this season. Rajon Rondo will try to stop Westbrook tonight, which means we'll likely see a huge line from Westy.
Apr 1 - 2:22 PM

In a recent interview with Revolt TV, Kevin Durant said that he "would like to stick it out with one team for his entire career."

"I love it here, man," Durant said. "I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else." Durant is under contract for one more season with the Thunder, and there has been a lot of speculation that he would entertain the idea of playing for the Wizards. Despite all the troubles he had with his foot this season, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players in the NBA when healthy and he should have no problems getting a max contract when that time comes. Durant is out for the season after having bone graft surgery on his foot on Tuesday, but we will have plenty of updates on his status during his rehab and he should be able to return in time for training camp.
Apr 1 - 9:15 AM

Kevin Durant took to Instagram following his season-ending bone graft surgery on Tuesday, and described his recovery process as "a small obstacle" in the "big picture."

We wish Durant the best in his recovery, and you can click the link below to see the full post for yourself. Durant, once seemingly invincible, has for the first time in his career had his season derailed by injuries, and there are no guarantees he's ready to go by the start of training camp next season. He's going to be a risky first-round selection next year, which is a very weird sentence to read/write.
Source: Instagram
Mar 31 - 4:07 PM

Dion Waiters (foot) sat out Tuesday's practice.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Waiters' foot is feeling better, but we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks. With Andre Roberson (ankle) likely out Wednesday, Anthony Morrow could be in line for all the minutes he can handle if Waiters is unable to play.
Mar 31 - 1:26 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) had bone graft surgery for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot on Tuesday and is expected to miss the next four to six months.

While we've yet to see a team say a surgery was unsuccessful, it's worth noting that the Thunder deemed the surgery a success. The optimistic end of Durant's timetable would put him back on the court by training camp, while the longer end of of that timetable would having him returning at some point in October. We'll be keeping close tabs on Durant's recovery, but the 2015-16 season will mark the first in years where he's not the top option in fantasy drafts.
Mar 31 - 11:38 AM

Dion Waiters (foot) will have an examination when the Thunder return to Oklahoma City.

Waiters has been complaining of foot pain over the last few games, and this is par for the course considering how OKC's season is going with injuries. Waiters did manage to jack up 20 shots in Sunday's win over Phoenix and played nearly 38 minutes while doing so.
Mar 30 - 9:09 AM

Steven Adams' 13 points and 16 rebounds helped the Thunder erase an early deficit to earn a key road win in Phoenix on Sunday.

He made 6-of-9 field goals while adding one steal and one block in a whopping 42 minutes of action. Both teams were fighting for their playoff lives tonight and it showed in a frenetic game which all but ended the Suns' playoff hopes. Adams was coming off two subpar games but he now has three double-doubles in the past week and is a solid option for owners seeking FG percentages, rebounds and blocks.
Mar 29 - 11:57 PM

D.J. Augustin sank four 3-pointers in 32 minutes off the bench on Sunday, combining with Anthony Morrow to score 30 points with seven 3-pointers on 10-of-15 shooting.

Augustin had 19 points and the combined perimeter assault with Morrow was too much for the Suns, who coughed up a big early lead in a home loss. This is an outlier for DJA, who was held to single-digits in his previous five games, and he's a borderline option as long as Russell Westbrook is healthy and running the show.
Mar 29 - 11:55 PM

Dion Waiters (ankle) started Sunday's road win vs. the Suns and finished with 18 points 8-of-20 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebound, one assist and three turnovers.

He struggled on Saturday with just three points on 1-of-4 shooting, possibly due to his sore ankle, but the injury didn't appear to limit him tonight. The bad news is that this line typifies the reasons why Waiters is a poor fantasy option -- he shoots inefficiently and contributes paltry rebounds, assists, steals and blocks, so one off-shooting night can tank his week.
Mar 29 - 11:55 PM

The Thunder won a critical game in Phoenix on Sunday behind Russell Westbrook's 33 points (10-of-29 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs), nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block.

Westbrook now has 24 games with 30+ points this season and he's racking up gaudy fantasy lines on a nightly basis, though tonight's production was tainted by a lousy FG percentage. Kevin Durant (foot) is done for the season and Serge Ibaka (knee) won't return until mid-April at the earliest, leaving Westbrook to single-handedly carry the Thunder in the playoffs. So far, so good, as he's staked the Thunder to a 2.5-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pelicans.
Mar 29 - 11:52 PM

Mitch McGary vanished on Sunday, going scoreless with three rebounds and no other statistics in just eight minutes of action.

Steven Adams was rolling tonight and it was a poor matchup for McGary, as the Thunder ultimately surrounded Adams with four 3-point threats and dared the Suns to cover them all. McGary is far too risky for standard-league use while both Adams and Enes Kanter (11 points, nine rebounds) are dominating minutes in OKC's frontcourt.
Mar 29 - 11:51 PM

Enes Kanter said after Saturday's loss to the Jazz that he has no regrets over his comments about his former team.

"No, if I was to take back, I would just say it, right? That’s how I felt and I’m not taking nothing back," Kanter said. "I still care about them, I still care about a few of my teammates." Head coach Scott Brook wasn't happy with Kanter's attitude during the introductions when he seemingly kept egging the crowd on, but Brooks said he would deal with the issue internally. Regardless, Kanter will be eager to move on from this and will look to help the Thunder boost their playoff chances by taking care of business vs. the Suns on Sunday.
Mar 29 - 9:29 AM

Dion Waiters scored just three points on 1-of-4 shooting in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two boards, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

Waiters had scored in double digits in each of his last four games, so this was a frustrating line for any owners relying on him tonight. Waiters is still locked into a starting role moving forward with Andre Roberson on the shelf, and he will have a chance to bounce back vs. the Suns on Sunday. That being said, he is far from a must-own player in standard leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:53 AM

Russell Westbrook scored 37 points with eight boards, six assists, three 3-pointers and nine turnovers in a loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

Westbrook's owners probably didn't even blink twice at this line which speaks volumes about his play recently. Kevin Durant isn't coming back this season, meaning Westbrook will arguably be the top play in fantasy leagues moving forward with the Thunder trying to clinch a playoff berth. Enjoy the show.
Mar 29 - 12:49 AM


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