Player News - Thunder

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The Hawks and Thunder are reportedly discussing a trade that would send Carmelo Anthony to Atlanta in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.

The Hawks are desperate to rid themselves of Schroder and the Thunder find themselves in a similar predicament with Melo, so this would be a deal that would make sense for both sides. The Hawks would waive Anthony upon his arrival, thus allowing him to sign with a team of his choosing (likely the Rockets), and Schroder's value would take a hit as he'd be relegated to being Russell Westbrook's backup. Muscala would remain a non-factor in OKC.

The Rockets have emerged as strong frontrunners to acquire Carmelo Anthony once he is free from Oklahoma City, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.

Melo is also considering Miami. Surprisingly, it appears the Lakers were never a legitimate option. OKC desperately needs to dump Anthony's $27.9 million salary, so it's only a matter of time before they part ways. The only question is whether it's via trade or waive/stretch provision. The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, so they could use some depth at forward. However, Melo would be a significant downgrade defensively.
Jul 13 - 11:56 AM

Andre Roberson (knee scope) said he's on track to be ready for training camp.

He ruptured his patellar tendon in January and then had a knee scope in May to reduce the swelling and speed up the recovery process. Roberson can shoot "slight jump shots" and can do some ball handling drills, but he hasn't been cleared to run yet. Even if he wins the starting shooting guard role, Roberson's fantasy appeal is limited to steals (1.2), blocks (0.9) and rebounds (4.7).
Source: Newsok.com
Jul 12 - 10:20 AM

Carmelo Anthony recently met with Houston and Miami management in Las Vegas, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Anthony has been given permission by the Thunder brass to begin meeting with prospective teams, and most reporting to this point indicates that the Rockets are the current frontrunners to land his services. Anthony's first stint with Mike D'Antoni didn't go all that well, and he struggled to effectively play a lesser offensive role with OKC last season, but Houston is desperate for a forward after losing both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Additionally, the Thunder are exploring trade options where Melo would be moved, waived, and then free to sign with a team of his choosing.
Jul 10 - 3:16 PM

The Rockets are reportedly "determined" to sign Carmelo Anthony once he officially parts ways with the Thunder.

The Rockets have now lost both Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute via free agency, so they're desperate for a starting small forward and it seems like they're laser focused on Melo. Anthony had a tough time adjusting to being a spot-up shooter in OKC last year, but that's what he'll need to do to be successful as he goes into the twilight years of his career.
Jul 9 - 6:24 PM

According to Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, several NBA executives believe the Rockets are the favorites to land Carmelo Anthony.

Melo’s business manager, Bay Frazier, was spotted hanging out with Chris Paul and coach Mike D'Antoni in Las Vegas. This might explain why the Rockets have been so hesitant to offer Luc Mbah a Moute a deal for more than the veteran's minimum. The Lakers, Heat and 76ers are rumored to be interested as well, but after his letdown of a season it's hard to get excited about any of these landing spots for his fantasy value.
Jul 9 - 9:50 AM

Carmelo Anthony is reportedly interested in joining LeBron James in Los Angeles.

It's unclear if the Lakers have any interest in grabbing Melo, but this wouldn't be the first time we've heard whispers of James and Anthony seeking a partnership. Anthony's good friend, Chris Paul, is also advocating to Houston management for him to join the Rockets, but Mike D'Antoni might not love that idea. After hitting just 40.4% of his shot attempts last season, it'll be tough to get too excited about Anthony in fantasy hoops next year, regardless of the name across his jersey.
Jul 8 - 4:42 PM

Hamidou Diallo scored 19 points with eight rebounds and two 3-pointers against the Nets on Saturday.

He caught the NBA's eye when he put up a wild 44-inch vert at the 2017 combine, and those hops were on display during this win. Diallo's biggest concern was his jumper, but he had it working today while doing a little of everything else. The Thunder picked him up in a trade on draft day and they have to be happy with his first performance. He'll be someone to watch this week, but he doesn't have much short-term fantasy value.
Jul 7 - 9:04 PM

Dakari Johnson scored 20 points with eight rebounds, three steals and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

He saw some spot-start action last season while Steven Adams was hurt, and he showed he is capable of being bench depth in the NBA. Nerlens Noel signing with the Thunder likely hurts Johnson's chances for minutes while the team is healthy, though.
Jul 6 - 7:37 PM

Carmelo Anthony and the OKC Thunder will "part ways sometime this summer," according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN.

The Thunder are on pace to have the highest tax bill in NBA history this season and would love to get Anthony's $27.9 million salary off the books. The ESPN report says that Melo's agent and OKC will "work together on Anthony's exit through trade, the NBA's stretch provision, or a combined buyout and stretch." It's unknown where Melo may land, but he'd obviously prefer to sign with a contender. Anthony leaving OKC boosts the fantasy value of Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson, as they will see their playing time increase significantly.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 6 - 12:28 PM

Raymond Felton has agreed to a one-year deal with Oklahoma City.

He talked about how much he would love to re-sign with OKC and it looks like he got what he wished for. Felton will continue to stay in a backup point guard role and log around 15-20 minutes a game for the Thunder. From a fantasy standpoint, he has virtually no value.
Jul 4 - 12:39 AM

Nerlens Noel has agreed to a two-year deal with the Thunder.

Noel received interest from the Lakers, Wizards and Pelicans in addition to the Thunder, but ultimately, he decided to sign with OKC. His contract has a player option on Year-2, so Noel is hopeful that he'll be able to up his stock with a productive season with a playoff team in order to again hit the open market in 2019. Noel might only be looking at minutes in the 20s operating as Steven Adams' backup, so it could be tough for him to churn out standard league value.
Jul 2 - 2:57 PM

Nerlens Noel has reportedly narrowed his choices down to four teams: the Wizards, Lakers, Thunder and Pelicans.

Noel is coming off a disastrous 2017-18 season in which he was sidelined for three months due to a thumb injury and then suspended for the final five games of the season due to a drug suspension. However, when healthy, he has typically been productive on a per-minute basis. The Thunder are already facing a hefty luxury tax, so their inclusion is surprising. Landing in L.A. or Washington would probably give Noel the best chance at carving out significant fantasy value next season.
Jul 1 - 8:51 PM

Jerami Grant has agreed to re-sign with the Thunder for $27 million over three seasons.

That's a nice value for OKC and they are having a great night with the news of Paul George's return. Carmelo Anthony is also slated to come back, but he struggled big time and Grant was stealing some of Melo's minutes at the end of the year. Grant had a lot of suitors including the Magic, Pacers and Bulls, and a return to OKC isn't the best news for his fantasy value after he averaged 8.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 2017-18. If the Thunder can find a way to get rid of Melo, Grant would be somewhat intriguing.
Jul 1 - 12:22 AM

Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $137 million max contract with the Thunder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com.

Wow. It's a three-year deal plus a player option, so major props to the Thunder for getting this deal done. Perhaps getting PG on a three-plus-one deal is the biggest news of all. The Thunder are going to be paying some serious tax this year to get them to almost $300M for their roster this year. PG said Russell Westbrook was his guy, and apparently he wasn't kidding.
Jul 1 - 12:21 AM


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