Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Cameron Payne (finger) said he'll be fine in two weeks.

He's not going to play at summer league, though. Payne could find himself being the backup point guard for OKC next season, but he won't have fantasy value while Russell Westbrook is healthy.
Jul 4 - 5:31 PM

Mitch McGary scored eight points during a 76-74 win over the Hornets on Saturday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

He had a couple clumsy turnovers in this one, but he hit the glass hard with five offensive rebounds. Unless some team really goes after Enes Kanter with a max deal, McGary isn't in line for big minutes next year.
Jul 4 - 5:01 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) said he's jumping when he's shooting, but isn't running and cutting yet.

He said he will start running and cutting soon, though. Durant is on schedule to be ready for camp after his bone graft surgery. He was the best fantasy player for five consecutive years, but his foot injury derailed his run last season. He'll be a target in the 3-7 range for drafts.
Jul 4 - 3:38 PM

Cameron Payne (finger) will not play in Summer League, as expected.

Payne will be the third-string point guard on the roster during his rookie year, so he won't be someone to target in standard fantasy leagues on draft day.
Jul 2 - 5:17 PM

The Knicks are considering making an offer to restricted free agent Enes Kanter, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News.

The Knicks may be barking up the wrong tree here as the Thunder are reportedly prepared to match any offer that Kanter gets, but they don't have much choice after missing out on Greg Monroe and presumably LaMarcus Aldridge. We'll keep this situation updated as more information becomes available, but Knicks fans shouldn't get too excited over this news.
Jul 2 - 11:55 AM

Restricted free agent Kyle Singler has agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal with the Thunder.

There aren't many players getting five-year deals and Singler is one of the bigger surprises. Chances are this is a cap-friendly deal for a guy who might not even be in the rotation. The last year of this deal is a team option.
Jul 1 - 3:37 PM

The Blazers are "monitoring" restricted free agent Enes Kanter, who is already scheduled to meet with the Thunder.

OKC is reportedly prepared to offer Kanter a 3-4 year deal approaching max money, so there's a good chance he'll be re-signed without the Thunder needing to match another team's offer. The Blazers' interest in Kanter may simply be due diligence, but it could also be a sign that they're not confident Robin Lopez will stay in Portland.
Jul 1 - 2:05 AM

The Thunder will reportedly meet with Enes Kanter in Chicago on July 1, and are set to offer him a 3-4 year deal that could reach maximum-level money with incentives.

OKC is very high on Kanter, and they've said all along that they will make re-signing him as a restricted free agent a priority this offseason. Kanter had a nice run with the Thunder during the 2014-15 season, putting in averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. The Mavs will reportedly pursue Kanter, but most signs point to him returning to OKC next season.
Source: Real GM
Jun 30 - 2:51 PM

The Thunder are expected to re-sign Kyle Singler to what could be a three-year deal.

Considering OKC really wants to bring back Enes Kanter, this deal is likely going to have to be a cap-friendly contract. Singler won't have much fantasy value.
Jun 29 - 4:56 PM

Thunder extend a qualifying contract offer to F/C Enes Kanter, making him a restricted free agent.

Despite not being able to play any defense at all, the Thunder have prioritized Kanter's return after acquiring him in a trade at the deadline. It would be a surprise if the team let him walk as a restricted free agent.
Jun 29 - 1:53 PM

Thunder extend a qualifying contract offer to G/F Kyle Singler.

This is simply a procedural move, and now the team will be able to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent.
Jun 29 - 1:50 PM

The Bucks have reportedly expressed interest in soon-to-be restricted free agent Enes Kanter.

Milwaukee is looking to add a big man via free agency, and they have also been linked to DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, and Brook Lopez. Kanter had a very nice season once he was traded to the Thunder, compiling averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be a cheaper option than any of the other aforementioned bigs during free agency, but the Thunder have said they will make resigning Kanter a priority this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Jun 26 - 1:48 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti does not expect Cameron Payne (fractured ring finger) to play during Summer League.

Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture during a workout and it sounds like OKC is simply playing it safe. It's unfortunate that he'll miss an opportunity to gel with teammates and show the Thunder what he can do on the court, but he should be at full strength for training camp.
Jun 26 - 1:08 AM

The Thunder drafted Kentucky C Dakari Johnson at No. 48 on Thursday.

Johnson was overshadowed by Kentucky's lottery big men but he had some decent output as a sophomore . In 16.3 minutes per game he averaged 6.4 points, 4.6 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.9 blocks. He has an imposing standing reach of 9’4", but his vertical leap and body fat measurements both dropped within the past year. Avoid him on draft day.
Jun 25 - 11:51 PM

Thunder selected PG Cameron Payne out of Murray State with the 14th pick.

He wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, but Payne put up huge numbers at Murray State. In his second and last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 treys. Payne also has a 6’7 wingspan and showed plenty of play-making skills against inferior competition. He'll immediately become a favorite to back up Russell Westbrook for the Thunder.
Jun 25 - 9:11 PM

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