Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The NBA will be placing a golden stripe on the back of jerseys for the 2014-15 season to honor the franchises that have won championships, however, the Thunder organization has elected to not wear the patch commemorating Seattle's 1979 title run.

The Seattle SuperSonics won a title in 1979, however the franchise has since been relocated and renamed in Oklahoma City. "As of right now, they are not wearing it," said Christopher Arena — the NBA’s vice president of outfitting, identity and equipment. "We have several teams who have a lineage that exists prior to the city that they’re in... Some teams embrace that past, some teams don’t. Whether it’s because of ownership changes or perhaps the lineage is too great of a distance or the team nickname changed or whatever it may be, that’s their decision."
Jul 21 - 6:52 PM

Josh Huestis could start his career off in the D-League.

The Thunder were expected to take an overseas player so they could stash him, but they may be the first team to draft a USA first rounder at 29th in the draft and stash him in the D-League. The developmental league continues to grow and a move like this would help. If the Thunder go this route, it would save them a roster spot while keeping Huestis' restricted free agency rights in his fourth year.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 19 - 9:13 PM

Thunder re-sign PF Grant Jerrett.

As long as Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison are healthy, you probably won't hear much about Jerrett.
Jul 16 - 10:26 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have officially signed Sebastian Telfair.

Telfair's deal was officially announced by executive vice president and general manager Sam Presti on Tuesday, while the the terms of the deal were not announced, as per team policy. The 29-year-old averaged 36.3 minutes, 26.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.0 steals in 35 games with Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association last season, but won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues while backing up Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 15 - 1:15 PM

Perry Jones III has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, with an expected recovery time of 4-6 weeks.

Jones hasn't done anything in his two season with OKC, averaging 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds on 43.6 percent shooting from the field during his time there. Jones will have plenty of time to recover for training camp, but he's not a fantasy option in any format.
Jul 14 - 12:45 PM

Anthony Morrow has agreed to a three-year, $10 million deal with the Thunder, according to beat writer Darnell Mayberry.

Morrow gives them OKC a bona fide sniper who made 45.1 percent of his 3-pointers last season. Fully one-third of his offensive usage came on spot-up jumpers, so he should fare well alongside Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. It remains to be seen whether he'll overtake Jeremy Lamb for the starting SG job, and it's a position battle worth watching in the preseason.
Jul 12 - 1:34 PM

Anthony Morrow is still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns.

The teams are reportedly looking to use the mid-level exception on him, which may rule out the Suns because they're expected to use it on P.J. Tucker. Morrow has been one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA and would be a good fit on any team. He won't be worth drafting in most fantasy formats, though.
Jul 10 - 9:57 PM

Jeremy Lamb made 4-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 28 minutes vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

He's having an up-and-down showing in Orlando, but the Thunder continue to give him shots from the field. Lamb could be competing for minutes with guys like Andre Roberson now that Thabo Sefolosha is headed to Atlanta. Roberson played well today, scoring nine points with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. Neither are worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 9 - 6:02 PM


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