Player News - Thunder

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Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America.
Source: Oklahoman
May 26 - 3:10 PM

Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States.

Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon.
May 21 - 12:53 PM

Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder.

"I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy.
May 21 - 11:50 AM

Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania.

He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear.
May 20 - 2:47 PM

Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning.

Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 11:25 AM

The Thunder will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing.
Source: Yahoo.com
May 20 - 9:48 AM

Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player.

It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year.
May 19 - 8:14 PM

Victor Oladipo could play more point guard next season according to Thunder GM Sam Presti.

Dipo only logged two percent of his minutes at point this season, but he said he's ready for the challenge. "I like handling the ball. I like making decisions, and I know I can," Oladipo said. "Now it's a matter of doing it on a consistent basis." Dipo didn't live up to expectations this season and took a backseat on offense next to usage rate monster Russell Westbrook, but he also battled through a few nagging injuries to his wrist, knee and back. He will be a bounce-back candidate in 2017-18 and said he's planning a "very relentless summer" developing his game.
Source: News OK
May 14 - 11:16 AM

If they are unable to find a trade partner, the Thunder may consider waiving Kyle Singler via the stretch provision this summer, according to OKC beat writer Brett Dawson.

Singler, who averaged just 2.8 points per game for the Thunder this past season, is set to make $4.6 million in 2017-18, $4.9 million in 2018-19 and $5.3 million in 2019-20. (That final season is non-guaranteed). If they used the stretch provision, Singler's annual salary would be cut in half. However, that reduced amount would stay on the books for seven seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Singler should be avoided on draft day in October.
Source: Oklahoman
May 12 - 11:40 AM

In a new commercial featuring Russell Westbrook, he repeatedly refers to Oklahoma City as his "home."

This is far from concrete evidence that Westbrook is willing to sign a long-term extension with the Thunder this offseason, but it would be quite strange to see him leave OKC after releasing a commercial where loyalty and a feeling of being home play out as the overarching themes. Westbrook could potentially sign a five-year extension worth roughly $217 million this summer, but nothing official can happen until July 1.
Source: YouTube
May 8 - 2:43 PM

Enes Kanter is "absolutely is on the trading block," according to Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.

Tramel writes that the Thunder will look to move Kanter because "OKC is overstocked on big men." Kanter had another solid season offensively in 2016-17, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game. However, due to his lackluster defense, Kanter was a non-factor in OKC's first-round playoff loss to Houston. He averaged just 4.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.0 minutes. A trade would likely boost Kanter's fantasy value, especially if he landed on a team which inserted him into the starting lineup.
Source: Oklahoman
May 2 - 1:14 PM

After Andre Roberson said last week that he would "definitely" like to re-sign with the Thunder, GM Sam Presti expressed mutual interest.

Roberson is a restricted free agent, so OKC can match any offer he receives. Speaking with reporters on Monday, Presti said that he is "excited about the fact that [Roberson] is a part of the team." Roberson posted career-highs across the board during the 2016-17 campaign. However, from a fantasy perspective, the free-throw shooting remains a major issue. He shot just 42.3 percent from the line during the regular season and was just 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) in the playoffs.
Source: Oklahoman
May 2 - 11:18 AM

Thunder GM Sam Presti is "hopeful" that Russell Westbrook will sign a new long-term extension with OKC this summer.

Westbrook will be eligible for a Designated Player Extension, enabling him to ink a five-year, $217 million contract that would make him the highest-paid player in NBA history. His other option is to play out the 2017-18 season and then enter unrestricted free agency next summer. "The rules are that you can't have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we'll sit down, we'll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents," said Presti.
Source: ESPN.com
May 2 - 10:09 AM

Domantas Sabonis said he will play in the Orlando Summer League.

He said he has a "specific schedule" with the Thunder for improving his game and he's also planning to suit up for the Lithuanian National Team. Sabonis had a decent role with the Thunder in 2016-17, but his minutes trailed off following the arrival of Taj Gibson. It's worth noting that Gibson is a free agent this summer, so Sabonis' role for 2017-18 hinges on the status of his 31-year-old teammate. Sabonis finished the season with averages of 5.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.6 triples in 20.1 minutes per game.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 27 - 11:06 AM

Andre Roberson said he would "definitely" like to stick with the Thunder this summer.

The 25-year-old defensive stopper averaged 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 0.6 triples in 80 regular-season games, but played the best basketball of his career in the playoffs. In the first-round series vs. Houston, Roberson averaged an impressive 11.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 3.4 blocks, 2.4 steals and 1.4 triples. Those defensive stats are intriguing, but fantasy owners are still waiting for his offensive game to come around. He should be looking at a significant raise this summer and hopefully he expands his game during the offseason.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 27 - 10:58 AM


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