Player News - Thunder

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The Bulls are showing interest in restricted free agent Dion Waiters.

Waiters is meeting with the Kings this weekend, but there is no talk of a meeting with the Bulls. The Bulls do need some depth at guard, but Waiters isn't really the best fit with coach Fred Hoiberg. The Thunder can match any offer, but it's doubtful with Victor Oladipo ready for big minutes.
Jul 1 - 10:22 PM

Kevin Durant met with the Clippers for four hours and he was "blown away" by the presentation, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

He met with the Warriors earlier today, but there hasn't been much information following that meeting. The Clippers have been trying to pitch a Big Four and would need to unload basically every other player to get KD to fit into the cap. Durant will meet with the Spurs and Celtics on Saturday.
Jul 1 - 9:19 PM

Restricted free agent Dion Waiters is scheduled to meet with the Kings this weekend, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

According to Pompey, the 76ers want to have a face-to-face meeting with Waiters. They might not get it because the Kings are reportedly "locked in" on Waiters, per Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Waiters is expected to see an annual salary in the upper teens and he's almost certainly not coming back to OKC. He won't have to beg for the ball nearly as much with the Kings who continue to struggle at shooting guard.
Jul 1 - 4:22 PM

Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee is hearing that Dion Waiters is "locked in" on joining the Kings.

The Thunder will have the ability to match any offer the Kings throw at him, so Jones speculates that the Kings could offer a deal worth around $18 million per year. Waiters also has interest from the Bulls, Heat, Nets and 76ers, but the Kings should be considered the favorites right now.
Jul 1 - 1:32 PM

Kevin Durant is meeting with the Warriors on Friday morning.

The meeting is expected to include Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers, and owner Joe Lacob. Durant is also expected to meet with the Celtics, Clippers, Heat and Spurs before his last meeting with OKC, and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical suggested that he could have a decision by July 4.
Jul 1 - 9:54 AM

Free agent Dion Waiters' representatives have reportedly been contacted by the Bulls, Heat, Kings, Nets, Sixers and Thunder.

Waiters is a restricted free agent, enabling the Thunder to match any team's contract offer, but their No. 1 priority is locking up Kevin Durant. OKC also acquired Victor Oladipo in a draft-day trade, reducing their reliance on Waiters as a backup scorer and playmaker, so a hefty offer sheet from another team could be enough to pry him away.
Jul 1 - 2:31 AM

The Spurs will pitch free agent Kevin Durant in the Hamptons with a contingent that includes Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford and LaMarcus Aldridge, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Durant will also meet with the Celtics, Clippers, Heat and Warriors before returning to Oklahoma City, but reports suggest that OKC is the favorite to retain their star forward. For all of their past success and future promise, the Spurs are likely fighting an uphill battle to sign Durant.
Jul 1 - 12:16 AM

The Thunder tendered a qualifying offer to Dion Waiters on Thursday night.

He'll be a restricted free agent and the Thunder can match any offer sheet. However, the chances of them matching decreases quite a bit with the Thunder adding Victor Oladipo. Expect to see the Kings or 76ers send a big offer to Waiters.
Jun 30 - 11:33 PM

Restricted free agent Dion Waiters is "gaining significant traction" in Sacramento, according to Chris Mannix of Yahoo! Sports.

Oh boy. The Kings continue to address shooting guard and they continue to whiff. Waiters is also expected to get attention from the 76ers, so it might be a two-team race. For now, it seems like OKC won't be bringing Waiters back after dealing for Victor Oladipo.
Jun 30 - 10:55 PM

Golden State's meeting with Kevin Durant is scheduled to include Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers, and owner Joe Lacob.

The Warriors' sales pitch might be light years ahead, but the Thunder seem to have a leg up on Durant. The Warriors are likely No. 2 on the possible options for Durant and crazier things have happened. One thing is for sure, we'll likely be reporting the meeting "went well" tomorrow.
Jun 30 - 10:43 PM

Oklahoma City "continues to probe" for potential trade partners on Enes Kanter to free up money for a run at unrestricted free agent Al Horford, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Things are starting to pick up on Horford here, especially with the Thunder now very likely to keep Kevin Durant. The Thunder knew they had a lot of money tied up in Kanter, which somewhat explains their reasoning on Serge Ibaka. Kanter's fantasy value would be much, much better on another team. Kanter does have a veto power on this, so a lot needs to happen here.
Jun 30 - 10:23 PM

The Thunder are in a "strong position" to re-sign unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Durant and his manager, Charlie Bell, met with the Thunder for five hours in their meeting today. He is going to meet with five other teams before he comes back to Oklahoma City on Sunday. Even with the non-OKC teams having only a small chance to sign him, they will likely put their Plan B on hold while Durant weighs his options.
Jun 30 - 9:42 PM

Kevin Durant's friends believe that he'll re-sign with the Thunder as an unrestricted free agent.

"His decision is 90 percent made. It would take an amazing sales pitch to change it," said one of Durant’s longtime friends. It needs to be noted that a friend of Durant isn't exactly the most reliable source, but it would make sense for KD to re-up with OKC on a one-year deal so that both he and Russell Westbrook could hit free agency at the same time. The Warriors seem to be the only realistic alternative for KD, and they have reportedly been telling teams around the league that they are confident he will seriously consider their offer.
Jun 30 - 4:04 PM

The Clippers are reportedly attempting to sell Kevin Durant on teaming up with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers are set to meet with Durant on Friday and have invited all three players to their sit down with the superstar. While they'll have quite a bit of competition as Durant is set to meet with five other teams, the Clippers have a compelling case to present to the 27-year-old. It's worth noting that the Clips would have to renounce the rights to quite a few players in order to sign Durant, but that's a problem they'd be happy to have.

Kevin Durant will meet with the Thunder when free agency begins on Thursday, followed by meetings with the Warriors, Clippers, Spurs, Celtics and Heat.

Durant could sign a multi-year deal this summer or maximize his long-term salary by opting for a one-year contract with an eye toward another big salary-cap increase next offseason. The Knicks and Wizards are among the many teams that have yet to secure a sit-down with the summer's most coveted free agent.
Jun 30 - 1:33 AM


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