Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Thunder sign G Alex Abrines.

He is on the Spanish National Team and won a gold medal in the 2011 Europe Under-18 Championship. Last year in the Euroleague, the 22-year-old guard averaged 9.6 points, 2.2 boards, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 treys. He's very unlikely to be a fantasy factor.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 23 - 3:54 PM

Some within the 76ers organization are concerned that Dion Waiters "possible off-the-court incidents might be too much for the franchise" to handle.

While there is some interest between Waiters and the 76ers, some in Philly management question whether Waiters would be a good fit with the team, and they are concerned that his sometimes blunt way of communicating things would not mesh well with the young roster. Currently, the Lakers seem like one of the more realistic landing spots for Waiters.
Source: philly.com
Jul 21 - 4:41 PM

Alex Abrines has agreed to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Abrines will sign a three-year deal worth a total of $18 million, according to EuroHoops.net. The 22-year-old has had success in Euroleague, but he's unlikely to have much value in standard fantasy leagues backing up Victor Oladipo.
Source: ESPN
Jul 21 - 9:04 AM

The Nets reportedly had a face-to-face meeting with Dion Waiters earlier this month in Las Vegas when he was a restricted free agent, but ultimately decided not to tender him an offer.

Early indications from sources of Marc Stein of ESPN are that the Nets have not changed their stance on Waiters despite him now being an unrestricted free agent, so it would be surprising to see him wind up in Brooklyn. Waiters is from Philadelphia, and he has reportedly been in contact with his hometown club, although those talks have reportedly "hit a couple of snags." It'll be interesting to see where the fourth-year guard ends up as a free agent.
Jul 20 - 11:15 AM

Alex Abrines has officially parted way with FC Barcelona, according to Sportando.

The 22-year-old is planning on joining the Thunder and Tuesday's buyout with Barcelona is the next logical step in that process. While Abrines had success in the EuroLeague, he'll serve as a backup to Victor Oladipo and won't have much value outside of deep fantasy leagues.
Source: Sportando
Jul 19 - 12:36 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are telling teams Russell Westbrook isn't available, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

While this situation is extremely fluid, the Thunder have reportedly rebuffed teams who have called to inquire about trading for Westbrook. The 27-year-old and his agent have been in contact with the Thunder, but has refused to talk about an extension that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent after the 2016-17 season. Potential trades aside, Westbrook is poised for a huge fantasy season in 2016-17 with Kevin Durant now playing for the Warriors.
Jul 19 - 9:12 AM

The Thunder have rescinded their qualifying offer to Dion Waiters.

That makes him an unrestricted free agent, which means the Thunder won't be able to match an offer sheet from another team. However, they do still have his Bird rights and they could still re-sign him at some point. Waiters would have some decent value in OKC, but he could wind up with the 76ers or Nets.
Jul 18 - 10:52 PM

Russell Westbrook has given the Thunder "no indication that he currently wants out."

That's cold comfort for OKC, however, since Westbrook has also refused a contract extension and is poised to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Thunder could try to trade Westbrook but his value is diminished by the same uncertainty -- without a guarantee that he'll re-sign next summer, he could be a very costly one-year rental.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 18 - 11:03 AM

The Thunder will reportedly sign 2013 draft pick Alex Abrines this summer.

Abrines won the EuroLeague 'Rising Star' award last season, and the 22-year-old shooting guard will jump to the NBA thanks to a buyout clause in his contract with Barcelona -- OKC will reportedly pay him $18 million over three years. He's an excellent perimeter shooter, going 41.7 percent from deep last year, and his arrival could be a sign that OKC won't retain Dion Waiters. Abrines could crack the rotation but he's unlikely to make a fantasy impact as a rookie.
Jul 18 - 9:18 AM

The Thunder have guaranteed Anthony Morrow's contract for the 2016-17 season.

Morrow had to be waived prior to July 15 for his contract to not count against OKC's salary cap, but at a reasonable annual salary of $3.48 million, there was no reason for the Thunder to cut ties with Morrow. It remains to be seen if he’ll be on the opening night roster, and his status as a member of the Thunder will likely depend on what goes does with Russell Westbrook. However, if Morrow does remain with the club, it'll be unlikely that he can establish himself as a standard league asset.
Source: News OK
Jul 16 - 11:14 AM

The Celtics have not been involved in any recent trade talks for Russell Westbrook or Blake Griffin.

Both Griffin and Westbrook will be unrestricted free agents next summer, so if Boston were to trade for either, they would need a promise that the player they're trading for would be willing to sign an extension. The Celtics are also concerned about the health of Griffin's leg that reportedly required a bone marrow transplant at the end of the 2015-16 season. That being said, Boston GM Danny Ainge is still being very "active" pursuing possible deals, and Jahlil Okafor may be his most realistic target.
Jul 16 - 9:47 AM

Thunder GM Sam Presti may look to trade Russell Westbrook "sooner rather than later," according to sources of Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.

The Thunder just lost Kevin Durant for nothing, so if Presti gets the feeling that Westbrook is intending to leave as an unrestricted free agent next year, he could look to deal the superstar guard this upcoming season. Beck also reports that the most likely landing spot for Westbrook would be the Celtics, as Boston has a copious amount of assets. To be clear, this is more or less a rumor, and this "report" essentially states the exact opposite of what Adrian Wojnarowski reported a few days ago.
Jul 13 - 11:34 AM

Daniel Hamilton is not expected to make the final Thunder roster.

Hamilton was the 56th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he's likely to spend next season in the D-League or stashed overseas somewhere. Obviously, there is no fantasy appeal to be found here.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 11 - 12:26 PM

The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater writes that Mitch McGary's "other issues have eroded both the Thunder's trust in him and his trade value."

McGary was recently suspended for five games due to a violation of the NBA's drug policy, and it's especially concerning given he was suspended for testing positive for marijuana while in college at Michigan. Although McGary has a potential path to minutes with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka on different teams, he may once again find himself outside of the Thunder's rotation.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 11 - 12:22 PM

Cameron Payne said that he's added eight pounds since the season ended.

"Muscle watch" is officially on and popping, everybody. Despite the self-reported weight gain, trusted Thunder beat writer Anthony Slater wrote that Payne "doesn't look much bigger." Depending on how the remainder of OKC's offseason plays out, Payne could spend time backing up both guard spots during the 2016-17 campaign.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 11 - 12:19 PM


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