Player News - Thunder

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Kevin Durant received a game ball from owner Daniel Snyder following Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins game.

He also sat in Snyder's box during the win, and he posted a picture on Instagram of his custom-made Nationals baseball jersey. The Wizards have to love all this support Durant is showing to his hometown, but it obviously doesn't mean he is coming to D.C. in 2016.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 20 - 9:37 AM

Kevin Durant watched Sunday's Jaguars at Redskins football game in owner Dan Snyder's suite.

He wore a Robert Griffin III jersey and was spotted in the team shop. Durant is from the Washington area and has answered plenty of questions about joining the Wizards in a couple seasons, so his Sunday appearance will probably require him to answer even more questions. H
Sep 15 - 11:08 AM

Mustafa Shakur will play in Lithuania this season.

He played last year with the OKC Thunder and may have a tough time making it back into the NBA. Shakur is 30 years old and has spent most of his playing career overseas.
Source: Sportando
Sep 12 - 10:48 AM

Serge Ibaka only managed two points on 1-of-7 shooting against France on Wednesday.

He and Marc Gasol both struggled in the front court, leading to Spain only scoring 52 total points. Ibaka struggled with his lingering calf and hamstring injury in the tournament and unfortunately was unable to help Spain hold off a surging France team. He is still a fantasy hoops stud heading into next season.
Sep 10 - 6:36 PM

Reggie Jackson is expected to get interest from the Mavs, Heat, Knicks and Lakers next summer when he becomes a restricted free agent.

Jackson would become the best point guard on any of those teams' rosters as it stands right now, and they also project to have the cap space to make him an offer. He'll get plenty of minutes next to Russell Westbrook and should be in for a productive 2014-15 season.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 8 - 1:16 PM

The New York Knicks' new assistant coach, Brian Keefe, is "Kevin Durant's guy", according to league sources.

Keefe had been part of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization for seven years before being hired to join Derek Fisher's staff on Wednesday. The long-time assistant developed a close relationship with Durant during his time in Oklahoma City and Durant even credited Keefe with putting him in his place regarding his body language and attitude. While a lot can happen before Durant becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season, it can't hurt the Knicks' recruiting pitch to have "Durant's guy" on their staff.
Source: NY Post
Sep 4 - 9:59 AM

Steven Adams sent a tweet to Andre Iguodala telling him to respect New Zealand's culture after Iguodala made a joke about New Zealand's pre-game Haka dance.

While most of Team USA's players at the World Cup of Basketball didn't know what to think of Team New Zealand's pre-game tribal dance, Iguodala took to twitter and said it was just a hip-hop dance. Adams responded to Iguodala's tweet and wrote, "have some respect for my culture", before later deleting the tweet. The 21-year-old averaged 3.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks with the Thunder last season and is still a year or two away from making a fantasy impact in standard leagues.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 4 - 9:46 AM

Reggie Jackson said he's aware of the some of the contracts this summer for guys like Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons.

He's due for an extension before Oct. 31 and it appears unlikely he'll get a deal done. "It's been some groundbreaking deals going on this summer, and I have to take that into account," Jackson said. He is heading into 2014-15 with a bigger role with Thabo Sefolosha out and Anthony Morrow in at shooting guard. RJ could be in for a big year and is a player we're targeting in the second half of fantasy drafts.
Sep 3 - 12:29 AM

Kevin Durant's new shoe deal with Nike will pay him upwards of $325 million.

ESPN's Darren Rovell reported that Durant will be paid $275 million as part of his new contract with Nike and receive $2.5 million per year in salary to go with a $25 million guaranteed payout upon retirement. While Under Armour made a serious play for Durant, Nike ponied up some serious cash to keep Durant in their portfolio. Durant finished the 2013-14 season as fantasy basketball's best player and any owner lucky enough to land the No. 1 overall selection in their draft shouldn't hesitate to have Durant queued up.
Sep 2 - 12:28 PM

Kevin Durant confirmed on Sunday that he will remain with "the swoosh."

Under Armour made a play at Durant, offering up at least $265 million over 10 years, but Nike had the rights to match any offer he received, and elected to retain the 2014 MVP. Nike's counter offer could reportedly be as high $300 million and may include a retirement package. Basically Durant will be making more money selling basketball shoes than he does actually playing basketball, and that is the world we live in.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 1 - 11:31 AM

Kevin Durant will likely remain with Nike after the sports' Goliath matched Under Armour's offer of between $265 million and $285 million over 10 years.

The exact figures of Nike's offer are not yet known, but given the ballpark of $265 million, Nike will be giving Durant more money to sell shoes than the Thunder give him to play basketball.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 31 - 1:03 PM

Serge Ibaka missed Saturday's FIBA game for Spain due to a sore hamstring.

This is actually good news, as last we heard he was still not 100 percent recovered from a ruptured left calf. Keep in mind it's still August, and Ibaka has plenty of time to get himself fully healthy before the season kicks off around Halloween. Ibaka should be one of the first power forwards taken in fantasy drafts this year.
Aug 30 - 4:17 PM

Kevin Durant said he won't be acting in a movie again.

He also said Shaquille O'Neal's "Kazaam" was better than his 2012 film "Thunderstruck." Durant didn't reveal much about his reported shoe deal with Under Armour for a reported $325 million. KD is just a little bit better at basketball than acting, so he's a no-brainer top pick in standard fantasy formats.
Source: TMZ.com
Aug 25 - 10:08 AM

Steve Adams has been working on his offensive game this offseason.

"I’ve definitely seen improvements [to my offense] now from summer league. But there’s still a long way to go. I’m on the right track, though, I guess you could say that. But as I’ve said before, it’s still a part of what I’m learning. They’re still developing it. That’s one of the main focuses, but it’s still based around defense." Adams' offensive game is nearly nonexistent, as he averaged just 2.3 FGA's per game last season, but that's not something the Thunder ask him to do. Adams is still a couple years away from standard league consideration.
Source: Oklahoman
Aug 24 - 12:09 PM

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


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