Player News - Thunder

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Thunder sign C Dakari Johnson.

It's a guaranteed two-year deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The 2015 second-round pick dominated in Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.8 blocks on those four games. OKC doesn't have much depth behind Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, so Johnson could find minutes with an injury, especially after he did very well in the G League.
Jul 20 - 8:12 PM

The Cavs reportedly nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George, but the Pacers backed out at the last minute.

"Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal." This report isn't quite as discouraging as the Jimmy Butler rumor because it was the Pacers who ultimately pulled out of the deal, but the Cavs not making any obvious improvements this offseason has to have LeBron James at odds with Cleveland management.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 19 - 10:41 AM

Nick Collison is re-signing with the Thunder on a one-year deal.

Collision will spend his 15th and final season playing for the only franchise he's ever known. He appeared in only 20 games last season, averaging just 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. The Thunder are bringing him back for his role as a locker room leader and mentor. Collison can be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Jul 14 - 12:13 PM

Before the Pacers traded Paul George to OKC, they offered him to the Warriors in exchange for Klay Thompson, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Warriors obviously declined, and the talks died there. Thompson is locked up for two more seasons, whereas George will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Nonetheless, it's fascinating to think about the lineups the Warriors could have rolled out this season had they acquired PG-13.
Jul 14 - 10:25 AM

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Paul George says he will definitely consider re-signing with the Thunder if they advance deep into the playoffs.

George reiterates on multiple occasions that winning is his highest priority. For that reason, he's not sold on the Lakers, even though he admits it would be the fulfillment of a childhood dream to play for L.A. "For me, it’s all about winning," said George. "If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that."
Jul 11 - 11:09 AM

Raymond Felton agreed to a one-year deal with the Thunder, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

Everyone knows how badly OKC was killed when Russell Westbrook was off the floor, so adding someone like Felton makes sense as a backup. Plus, a one-year deal basically takes the risk out of it on the former Clipper guard. Felton may also play a handful of minutes next to Westbrook, which puts him at around 20 minutes per game.
Jul 7 - 5:55 PM

Andre Roberson and the Thunder have agreed to a three-year, $30 million deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

OKC paired Russell Westbrook with FA Paul George earlier this summer, which addressed their post-Durant offensive issues. Retaining Roberson was key to their defense, but his 46.4 percent shooting last season was heavily weighted by attempts near the rim -- he shot 24.5 percent from deep. Roberson also shot 42.3 percent from the line last year, on a career-high (but comparatively low) 1.4 attempts per game, which drags down his fantasy appeal.
Jul 5 - 10:45 PM

Patrick Patterson has agreed to a 3-year, $16.4 million deal with the Thunder.

It's a nice signing for the Thunder, as Patterson should fill the void left by Taj Gibson. Patterson will likely be the second big off the bench and could be looking at minutes in the upper teens to lower 20s, so he's unlikely to help standard-league owners. In Toronto last season, Patterson averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 triples in just under 25 minutes per game. The third year of the deal is a player option.
Jul 4 - 10:07 PM

Terrance Ferguson will not play on Saturday.

The No. 21 pick is still working on some contract details, so he won't be suiting up. Obviously with the Paul George deal going down, the odds of Ferguson seeing minutes in his rookie season took a massive hit.
Jul 1 - 5:13 PM

The Kings met with free agent PF Patrick Patterson on Saturday morning.

The Kings probably won't be too competitive while they rebuild for at least the next few years, so Patterson would likely be looking at a sixth man role off the bench behind Skal Labissiere in Sacramento. A deal with the Kings isn't imminent, but they are the only team besides the Raptors that have been linked with him so far. There are several high-profile power forwards on the market still, so Patterson's camp may have to be patient. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 2016-17, so a move away from Toronto would be likely be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 3:37 AM

Paul George has been traded to the Thunder in exchange for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Well, the days of saying Russell Westbrook has no help are officially over. We'll see what Westbrook can do to try and keep PG-13 in OKC, but most signs from earlier this month suggest it'll be a tall order to get George away from the Lakers next year. For the 2017-18 season, George makes a lot of sense next to Westy. PG was actually awesome as a catch-and-shoot guy, posting a 59.9 effective field goal percentage, so Westbrook should be looking to hit him a lot along the 3-point line. George does lose some fantasy value because Westy's super vortex of sucking in usage rate should hurt, but PG should still have early-round value.
Jun 30 - 9:56 PM

Paul George has been traded to the Thunder, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Kaboom. We're still waiting on the details here, but you can bet we're in for a wild ride.
Jun 30 - 9:44 PM

Houston and Indiana's trade talks focused around Paul George are "generally on hold," a source told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

Expect a lot of non-updates on George's future until some clarity is finally received, but this is just another indication that the Pacers aren't quite as far along in the process as their front office would like to have you believe.
Jun 30 - 9:02 PM

Paul George is "still telling friends that he intends to be a Laker in 2018," sources told Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

We're going to hear update after update on this front until something happens in regards to George's future, so it's important not to get too worked up about the minutia that comes into play along the way. From the Lakers perspective, Los Angeles has no desire or incentive to give up Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram in any potential trade for George's services, so the staring contest is likely to continue for the time being.
Jun 30 - 6:35 PM

Rockets' GM Daryl Morey is trying to bring in another All-Star to play alongside James Harden and Chris Paul, according to sources of Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

While Goodman doesn't name anyone directly in his report, Paul George stands out as one of the more obvious targets out there, and PG-13 has been linked to Houston numerous times in the past couple weeks. PG-13 partnering up with CP3 and Harden in Houston would make that squad an immediate contender out West, so it'll be interesting to see if Morey is able to pull off another blockbuster deal after wooing away Paul from Los Angeles.
Jun 28 - 12:45 PM


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