Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Pat Riley will likely try and bring Kevin Durant to Miami during free agency in 2016.

Durant will be an unrestricted free agent next season, so you can go ahead and add Miami to list of the 29 other teams that will be vying for his services. Riley has worked some magic before, but he'd have to do some very fancy maneuvering with his current players' contracts in order to have a shot at nabbing the Durantula in 2016. As for this season, reports are that Durant will enter training camp 100 percent healthy after only making it through 27 games last season, so he'll be worth a top-4 selection on draft day.
Source: Grantland
Sep 1 - 5:08 PM

The Thunder have signed Talib Zanna to a non-guaranteed contract, sources told RealGM.

Zanna played for the Thunder's D-League team, so Oklahoma City will use his familiarity with the club for a body in training camp. Even in 30-team formats, Zanna is not a candidate for your fantasy team
Aug 31 - 9:37 AM

The Thunder would reportedly be interested in signing Dion Waiters to an extension this summer, but only at a discount.

Waiters, however, would reportedly rather play out the final year of his contract in order to become a restricted free agent next season, so it's unlikely the two sides come to terms on a deal this offseason. Through 47 games with OKC last season, Waiters compiled averages of 12.7 points, 1.1 three-pointers and 1.0 steal per game on 39.2 percent shooting from the field. Waiters high-volume, low-percentage shooting really hurts his fantasy value, and with Durant coming back into the fold it's unlikely he can average the 12.9 shots per game he got last season. He's not a must-own guy in standard leagues.
Aug 25 - 7:02 PM

Steven Adams said that "a ton" of factors contributed to his decision not to play for New Zealand this summer, including injuries and the looming end to his rookie contract.

It's not clear what injuries Adams is dealing with, but it sounds like he is just being cautious for the upcoming season. Adams averaged 7.7 points, 7.5 boards and 1.2 blocks on 54.4 percent shooting from the the field last season, but the Thunder's decision to re-sign Enes Kanter means that he will be stuck in a bench role. Adams is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of boards and blocks.
Source: Stuff.co.nz
Aug 22 - 9:47 AM

The Thunder will sign Dez Wells to a training camp deal.

The Wizards were reportedly interested, but apparently they aren't going to be trading Garrett Temple anytime soon. Wells had some solid showings at Summer League, but he is unlikely to make the OKC roster.
Aug 14 - 8:08 PM

Kevin Durant said that part of the reason why he needed the bone graft surgery back in March was because his foot "had a crack in it".

It was originally thought that Durant needed the third procedure on his foot because it was showing "signs of regression," but this is definitely interesting to say the least. "I knew it was over after this: No more fracture, no more irritation in my foot," Durant said in regards to the bone graft procedure. "Everything was perfect in the third one." Durant has been fully cleared to play and should be 100 percent for training camp, but there is some risk involved for the superstar forward and he will be a risky top-5 pick on draft day.
Aug 14 - 9:27 AM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that he feels like he's "the best player in the world," during an interview at Team USA's minicamp in Las Vegas.

"I feel like I’m the best player in the world," Durant told reporters. "No disrespect to other players here, but I always got that confidence. … I never had no doubts in myself." It's nice to know that the former MVP hasn't lost any confidence after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign, and it's looking like he'll be 100 percent healthy when the Thunder open up their training camp in late-September. Durant had been remarkably healthy up until last season, so while he does come with a bit of risk, it'll be hard to let the former consensus No. 1 overall fantasy selection slip out of the top-5 on draft day.
Aug 13 - 3:37 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) won't play in Team USA's scrimmage on Thursday night.

While Durant has recently said he can go 100 percent, Thunder fans and fantasy owners certainly won't complain about this news after KD's foot surgery. The 26-year-old spent five straight seasons as fantasy top player and is an easy top-5 pick for owners willing to deal with the injury risk.
Aug 13 - 10:20 AM

Russell Westbrook insinuated that the Thunder will make the NBA Finals during a session with reports.

While saying he's not a fan of media duties, Westbrook joked with reporters and said the next time he speaks with them will be during Finals weeks. "When do the [NBA] Finals start?,"Westbrook asked. "I'll talk to you all then." Westbrook said he's happy with where the Thunder are at now that Kevin Durant is getting healthy and neither player should make it out of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Source: USA Today
Aug 13 - 9:48 AM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that he just wants to have fun playing basketball again as he heads into a contract year.

"It’s the [free agency] year. I’m coming off of injury. A lot of people are expecting me to do this, and come back as a better player," said Durant. "A lot of people may be doubting me as well. But that’s a part of the game. I’m just trying to have fun playing the game again. I just want to smile on the court again and go through that whole season with joy and peace." Durant was an easy No. 1 overall selection in fantasy hoops for five years up until his foot injury, but now he could fall out of the top-5 due to the injury risk. He'll be looking to prove the doubters wrong in a contract year, and those willing to gamble on KD could be rewarded handsomely.
Source: USA Today
Aug 12 - 9:23 AM

Kevin Durant (foot surgery) has yet to play 5-on-5 despite recently saying that he "can go 100 percent" on the court.

Team USA had a very light workout on Tuesday which focused on offensive drills, and it's unclear if Durant will play any competitive scrimmages during the minicamp. When asked if he could play 5-on-5 if needed, Durant replied, "I haven't played since February, so of course, I'm human, I'd go through some rust. But I think after two trips down I'd be all right." He's almost a lock for opening night but we'll have a much better feel for his timetable once we've seen him in OKC's training camp and preseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 11 - 9:44 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) said that his foot feels great, and that he's now able to go 100 percent.

Durant looked great during Tuesday's practice with Team USA, and hopefully he'll be able to return to being an elite fantasy asset after suiting up for just 27 games last season. Foot injuries can be very tricky for NBA players, but up until his dreadful 2014-15 campaign, Durant had only missed a total of 14 games over seven NBA seasons. There's some risk with the Durantula, but he simply offers too much upside to let him slip past the No. 6 selection on draft day.
Aug 11 - 5:00 PM

Dion Waiters is focused on building relationships with teammates.

Waiters traveled to Orlando Summer League in order to spend some time with Kevin Durant and Anthony Morrow and found the experience to be valuable. "It was best to come down here to be around the team, work out with the coaches and get acclimated to everything," Waiters explained. "Everybody is cool so far. You talk to them and get to know them and tell them a side of my story that they didn’t know."
Source: NBA.com
Aug 11 - 1:16 PM

Dez Wells may accept Washington's training camp invite if Garrett Temple is traded.

Wells was originally going to look for other camp invites due to the Wizards lack of available spots, but a rumored Garrett Temple trade could reportedly change his tune on that decision. Wells won't have much fantasy impact no matter where he lands, however, so fantasy owners in standard leagues don't need to pay attention to this situation.
Aug 11 - 10:52 AM

Kevin Durant (foot) plans to practice on Tuesday and Wednesday with Team USA at minicamp in Las Vegas.

This is a big step for Durant even if he's not fully cleared for practice. Durant is not going to play in the showcase game on Thursday, but he's clearly getting closer to being 100 percent. He played in just 27 games last year, but his fantasy ceiling is worth the risk in the early part of the first round of drafts.
Source: Oklahoman
Aug 10 - 6:28 PM


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