Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

The Oklahoma City Thunder and L.A. Clippers are pursuing free agent Caron Butler.

Butler has been linked to numerous other teams, including the Wizards, Lakers, Heat, and Bulls. While most of the NBA is waiting for the LeBron and Carmelo decisions to come down, teams looking to add a veteran small forward have been inquiring about Butler. He played for both the Bucks and Thunder last season, and at 34 years old, he is looking to play for a contender next season.
Jul 10 - 4:00 PM

Jeremy Lamb made 4-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three boards, two assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 28 minutes vs. the Pacers on Wednesday.

He's having an up-and-down showing in Orlando, but the Thunder continue to give him shots from the field. Lamb could be competing for minutes with guys like Andre Roberson now that Thabo Sefolosha is headed to Atlanta. Roberson played well today, scoring nine points with 10 boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer. Neither are worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 9 - 6:02 PM

Mitch McGary kept his terrific Orlando Pro Summer League going on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with two boards, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 23 minutes.

He's shown some nice touch on his jumper and has been able to get to the rim from different spots on the court. His offensive game seems to be ahead of Steven Adams and both young guys should take some minutes away from Kendrick Perkins. McGary still has a ways to go to getting on the fantasy radar in standard leagues.
Jul 9 - 5:54 PM

Kevin Durant said he's a littler bigger and stronger already this summer.

Apparently, KD is heeding the advice of Kendrick Perkins, who said Durant should consider lifting weights this offseason. The reigning MVP was an offensive powerhouse and was phenomenal at the rim, so he really doesn't even need to bulk up. Plus, he's missed just two games in the last three season. Durant will be a free agent in the summer of 2016, so that should be fun.
Jul 9 - 2:27 PM

Russell Westbrook will not play for Team USA during this summer's World Cup in Spain.

There is no specific reason given but it's obviously to rest up after a season that included his third knee surgery. And we're down with anything that keeps Westbrook healthy over the long haul.
Jul 7 - 8:30 PM

The Thunder may give Andre Roberson more minutes next season.

They lost Thabo Sefolosha and his 26 minutes per game, so guys like Roberson could provide some help on the wing behind Reggie Jackson and Kevin Durant. Obviously Roberson is well off the fantasy radar in most leagues right now.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 7 - 11:09 AM

Thunder center Mitch McGary (back) looked great during Saturday's game in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

McGary showed no signs of the lower back injury that ended his sophomore season with Michigan, and said after the game, "My back feels great. I only have one gear, and it’s all or nothing." He's a terrific rebounder with good speed in transition, and he could immediately contend for playing time alongside Kendrick Perkins and Steven Adams at center.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 6 - 3:05 PM

The Thunder have hired Darko Rajakovic as an assistant coach.

Rajakovic spent the past two seasons as the head coach of OKC's D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers. During that time his team went 51-49, and made a D-League semifinals appearance during the 2012-13 season. "Darko’s understanding of the core tenants of what we do, thanks to his time in Tulsa, will maintain a level of consistency that we value and his various head coaching experiences internationally will provide another layer to our coaches," said Scott Brooks.
Jul 6 - 10:10 AM

Steven Adams returned from a shin contusion on Saturday, finishing with seven points, two boards and two blocks.

He started the second half and is fine. Adams will need to add more to his game outside of just being a great rebounder, but that's a great skill to have with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant taking so many shots. Adams isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 5 - 7:25 PM

Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points vs. the Grizzlies during Saturday's 63-84 loss, adding five boards, two assists, two blocks, one 3-pointer and four turnovers.

Last summer, he and Reggie Jackson were dynamite to help OKC take home the Orlando crown, but he'll have to carry a bigger load this season. Lamb was a letdown after a solid offseason, so he'll need to show up in the regular season before he's worth a look in fantasy leagues.
Jul 5 - 7:19 PM

Steven Adams suffered a right shin contusion on Saturday.

He is questionable to return and the injury is not considered serious. Kendrick Perkins is likely going to still be around next season, so Adams won't be unleashed in the paint. Mitch McGary may also get some run at center.
Jul 5 - 5:54 PM

Thunder sign C Mitch McGary.

They took him a bit early at 21 in the draft and he could find himself as an end-of-the-bench guy this upcoming season. McGary is expected to play in summer league, but his back may still be bothering him.
Jul 5 - 1:00 PM

The Wizards have reportedly reached out to unrestricted free agent Caron Butler.

Butler will likely wait to see where LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony land before making a decision on where to sign. Butler, 34, would like to join a contender to chase another ring as his career comes to a close. The Spurs, Heat, and Lakers have also inquired about acquiring the veteran swingman's services, according to sources.
Jul 4 - 11:39 AM

Thunder sign G Sebastian Telfair.

According to sources, the 29-year-old former lottery pick has signed a deal with the Thunder for the veteran's minimum. Telfair has played with seven different teams over eight NBA seasons and most recently played with Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association. He will serve as a solid bench option for the Thunder, but his fantasy value is essentially non-existent barring an alien abduction of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson.
Jul 3 - 10:30 AM

The Lakers, Heat, Bulls and Thunder are reaching out to unrestricted free agent Caron Butler.

He picked OKC over the Heat last year after the Bucks bought him out, but OKC may have some stiff competition to keep him. Butler showed he can still fill it up and even had a 38-point game with the Bucks back on November. He won't be worth drafting on any of the aforementioned teams.
Jul 1 - 10:51 AM


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