Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Kevin Durant (toe) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

It will be his second straight game on the sidelines, and though the injury isn't serious, this has to be frustrating for his owners. Durant is still listed as day-to-day, so we will update his status as soon as more details become available. Perry Jones will likely draw another start, but he is too unreliable to use in most leagues. Instead, expect Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka to carry the load for the Thunder tonight, and be sure to give them a long look in daily leagues.

Anthony Morrow has been in a major shooting slump during the month of January, connecting on just 11 of his 42 3-pointers.

He ranked 4th in the NBA in 3-point percentage last season at 45 percent, but this season he is currently in 45th place while shooting a career-low 36 percent. "I don’t look it as a slump," Morrow said. "I don’t really call it that. It’s more of a course of the season thing, a marathon. You can make 10 3s one game and miss your next 20, miss 20 and make your next five or six." While Morrow should be able to bounce back soon, the arrival of Dion Waiters has further complicated his playing time, making him tough to own in most formats.
Source: Oklahoman
Jan 28 - 10:05 AM

The Thunder are reportedly still weighing the pros and cons of trading Reggie Jackson.

It's not surprising to see the Thunder considering a trade, as Jackson is going to become a restricted free agent in the Summer and they might not be able to afford him. The addition of Dion Waiters only made things worse, as Jackson's minutes have been trending down and he has reportedly had some issues with some of his teammates. Nothing is certain at the moment, but owners in most leagues should consider stashing Jackson for now in the hope that he is traded before the Feb. 19 deadline.
Jan 28 - 9:22 AM

Kevin Durant (toe) remains day-to-day, but his status for Wednesday's game against the Knicks is still up in the air.

The injury was never thought to be serious, but the Thunder have every right to be cautious with their franchise player after he missed the beginning of the season with a fracture in his foot. We should know more about his status after shootaround Wednesday morning, so owners will have to check back then for updates. If Durant can't go Perry Jones will likely draw another start, but he isn't a reliable option in most leagues.
Jan 27 - 10:43 PM

Steven Adams (migraines) scored eight points to go with five rebonds and four blocked shots in Monday's win over the Timberwolves.

After missing Sunday's game with migraines, Funari was able to suit up on Monday and hold Nikola Pekovic to 3-of-12 shooting. "He’s a large human being, mate," Adams said of Pekovic. "A big dude, strong, bulldozer is a good way to put it." Funaki can provide fantasy owners with a big game here and there, but he's not consistent enough to warrant a spot on standard fantasy league rosters.
Source: Oklahoman
Jan 27 - 10:49 AM

Serge Ibaka hauled in a season-high 19 rebounds in the Thunder's 92-84 win over the Wolves on Monday, and also added 13 points, two steals and two blocks.

Ibaka hit 6-of-13 shots and added a 3-pointer for good measure, and as long as he can be efficient we don't mind him taking 3-point shots. He's been a disappointment as just a top 35-40 value on the year, primarily because of the shift toward a softer overall fantasy game.
Jan 26 - 11:45 PM

Perry Jones started for Kevin Durant (toe) on Monday against the Wolves, scoring six points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

Jones may have a future in fantasy leagues at some point, but for now he's waiver wire fodder.
Jan 26 - 11:43 PM

Reggie Jackson played well with Kevin Durant out on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds, two assists and three steals in 26 minutes off the bench.

The Durant absence is an obvious caveat and this isn't a line you're going to write home about anyway. The only real reason to hold Jackson is as a trade deadline stash, and owners should probably give a trade a 50/50 chance at this time and that might be optimistic.
Jan 26 - 11:42 PM

Dion Waiters scored 10 points off the bench on Monday, hitting 4-of-12 shots (including a three) with two rebounds, five assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

Waiters hit just 1-of-4 free throws to cap off another inefficient line, which has been his calling card in the NBA so far. Owners can do better in standard 12-team formats.
Jan 26 - 11:30 PM

Perry Jones will start for Kevin Durant on Monday.

He has been out of the rotation, but he'll slide into the starting unit tonight. While Jones did have a few big games earlier this year, that came with Russell Westbrook out of the lineup. He's still a very risky play tonight.
Jan 26 - 7:28 PM

Kevin Durant (toe) will not play against the Wolves on Monday.

He suffered the injury in Cleveland on Sunday and it's being called a left great toe sprain. Durant went through warmups, but there was too much soreness and he decided he'll sit. It's anyone's guess if he'll play on Wednesday and the Thunder do only have three games this week. It'll be Russell Westbrook running the show with a host of others stepping up. Expect Dion Waiters and Anthony Morrow to benefit the most. Perry Jones may start, though. It's worth mentioning KD needed surgery on his right foot.
Jan 26 - 7:06 PM

Steven Adams (head) is expected to start against the Wolves on Monday.

He had migraines on Sunday and missed that game, but he'll be back tonight. Adams was playing well before his head issue and he should be able to resume his normal role. His fantasy value has been outside the top 200 in standard leagues over the past month.
Jan 26 - 6:29 PM

Dion Waiters was booed during Sunday's game in Cleveland, as he came off OKC's bench to score 14 points with two 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and one steal in 33 minutes.

"Boos, no boos, I can't focus on that type of stuff," Waiters said after the game. The playing time is nice to see, and he did enough to placate most fantasy owners, but inefficiency continues to plague him and he finished just 5-of-15 from the field in the loss to his former team.
Jan 25 - 7:28 PM

Kevin Durant led the Thunder on Sunday with 32 points on 12-of-23 shooting, as well as six rebounds, nine assists and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Cavaliers.

Durant chipped in one 3-pointer and had only one turnover in 40 minutes, in the latest showcase for his elite fantasy talents. Oklahoma City's defeat dropped their record to .500 again, and they remain 3 1/2 games behind Phoenix for the final playoff spot out West.
Jan 25 - 7:27 PM

Kendrick Perkins moved into the starting lineup on Sunday, where he posted four points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 27 minutes.

Perkins earned the surprise start with Steven Adams (migraine) out of commission, and this does nothing to improve his fantasy outlook. The waiver wire is Perk's permanent residence.
Jan 25 - 7:22 PM


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