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The Thunder will reportedly meet with Enes Kanter in Chicago on July 1, and are set to offer him a 3-4 year deal that could reach maximum-level money with incentives.

OKC is very high on Kanter, and they've said all along that they will make re-signing him as a restricted free agent a priority this offseason. Kanter had a nice run with the Thunder during the 2014-15 season, putting in averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. The Mavs will reportedly pursue Kanter, but most signs point to him returning to OKC next season.
Source: Real GM
Jun 30 - 2:51 PM

The Thunder are expected to re-sign Kyle Singler to what could be a three-year deal.

Considering OKC really wants to bring back Enes Kanter, this deal is likely going to have to be a cap-friendly contract. Singler won't have much fantasy value.
Jun 29 - 4:56 PM

Thunder extend a qualifying contract offer to F/C Enes Kanter, making him a restricted free agent.

Despite not being able to play any defense at all, the Thunder have prioritized Kanter's return after acquiring him in a trade at the deadline. It would be a surprise if the team let him walk as a restricted free agent.
Jun 29 - 1:53 PM

Thunder extend a qualifying contract offer to G/F Kyle Singler.

This is simply a procedural move, and now the team will be able to match any offer he receives as a restricted free agent.
Jun 29 - 1:50 PM

The Bucks have reportedly expressed interest in soon-to-be restricted free agent Enes Kanter.

Milwaukee is looking to add a big man via free agency, and they have also been linked to DeAndre Jordan, Tyson Chandler, and Brook Lopez. Kanter had a very nice season once he was traded to the Thunder, compiling averages of 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds per game on 56.6 percent shooting from the field. He'll likely be a cheaper option than any of the other aforementioned bigs during free agency, but the Thunder have said they will make resigning Kanter a priority this offseason, so it'll be interesting to see how this all plays out.
Jun 26 - 1:48 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti does not expect Cameron Payne (fractured ring finger) to play during Summer League.

Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture during a workout and it sounds like OKC is simply playing it safe. It's unfortunate that he'll miss an opportunity to gel with teammates and show the Thunder what he can do on the court, but he should be at full strength for training camp.
Jun 26 - 1:08 AM

The Thunder drafted Kentucky C Dakari Johnson at No. 48 on Thursday.

Johnson was overshadowed by Kentucky's lottery big men but he had some decent output as a sophomore . In 16.3 minutes per game he averaged 6.4 points, 4.6 boards, 0.4 steals and 0.9 blocks. He has an imposing standing reach of 9’4", but his vertical leap and body fat measurements both dropped within the past year. Avoid him on draft day.
Jun 25 - 11:51 PM

Thunder selected PG Cameron Payne out of Murray State with the 14th pick.

He wasn’t heavily recruited out of high school, but Payne put up huge numbers at Murray State. In his second and last season, he averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 boards, 6.0 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 treys. Payne also has a 6’7 wingspan and showed plenty of play-making skills against inferior competition. He'll immediately become a favorite to back up Russell Westbrook for the Thunder.
Jun 25 - 9:11 PM

The Thunder could try to unload their No. 14 pick and move out of the first round, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

OKC is trying to clear out as much cap space as they can in order to try and bring back Enes Kanter. While Cameron Payne would be a nice option at 14, keeping Kanter would obviously help their title chances and keep Kevin Durant (foot) beyond next season.
Jun 25 - 6:44 PM

A number of teams around the league reporetdly believe that the Pacers will take Cameron Payne with the No. 11 overall selection in the 2015 NBA draft.

Other likely options for the Pacers will be Frank Kaminsky, Myles Turner, Trey Lyles and Willie Cauley-Stein, so it'll be interesting to see what direction they decide to go tonight. If Payne lands in Indiana, he'd be George Hill's backup, so it's unlikely he'd be able to put up any standard league value during his rookie year.
Jun 25 - 3:33 PM

Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard said that Cameron Payne's ring finger fracture wouldn't stop them from drafting him.

To be clear, this doesn't mean that the Pacers will necessarily take Payne, but it just goes to show that teams aren't worried about his finger. Payne's stock has been rising pretty steadily, and his floor is said to be with the Thunder who have the 14th pick in the draft.
Jun 24 - 1:40 PM

Enes Kanter is reportedly being barred from Turkey's national team this summer for "political reasons."

One translation of Kanter's statement suggests that he was kept off the team due to his support of "democratic values," and his exclusion may possibly stem from criticism of Turkey's president Recep Erdogan. "I was ready to work for our nation," Kanter said. "Despite the administrative decisions of our national team, I support my friends with all my heart." It's a disappointing situation for Kanter and NBA fans around the world.
Source: CNN Turkey
Jun 23 - 7:36 PM

Cameron Payne (finger) will be reevaluated in a week and hopes to resume playing again in two weeks.

Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture of his ring finger in a workout for the Nuggets last week, but it's not a serious concern at all. Billed as the third best point guard prospect in the draft and drawing comparisons to Stephen Curry, Payne has worked out for the Lakers, Kings, Nuggets, Pacers, Thunder and met with the Celtics. He should hear his name called inside the top 20 picks on Thursday and has a real shot to go as a lottery selection.
Jun 22 - 10:20 AM

According to beat writer Darnell Mayberry, Oklahoma City "isn't believed to be interested in trading [Dion] Waiters."

Anyone can be traded for the right price, of course, but at the very least OKC isn't actively shopping Waiters with the draft looming. The Thunder hold picks Nos. 14 and 48 this year and they're interested in moving up, but GM Sam Presti conceded that it's a challenge. "History shows that it’s not an easy proposition to move up, into the lottery period," Presti said. "To penetrate into the top 10 becomes a little bit more challenging."
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 21 - 9:28 PM

Cameron Payne suffered a non-displaced fracture in the ring finger of his right hand during his workout with the Nuggets on Monday.

The injury was initially ruled a wrist contusion, but after undergoing further evaluation with a hand specialist in New York the fracture was discovered. On a positive note, the fracture was "clean" and will not require surgery, and he currently has an unofficial timetable set at three weeks. He'll get an official timetable after he visits with a specialist sometime next week, but this isn't something that's going to significantly alter his draft stock. The Thunder are rumored to be high on him, but he may not be available when they come on the board with their No. 14 selection, so trading up may be something OKC is looking into.
Jun 19 - 1:20 PM


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