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Enes Kanter may not be able to play in the Thunder's game vs. the Nets in Mexico City on Dec. 7.

In case you missed it, Turkey canceled Kanter's passport over three months ago for his "political views" and speaking out against the government. He's currently only allowed to travel to Canada, but that will change after he receives a re-entry permit from the U.S. government -- he's already applied for one and is waiting to hear back. He has over three months to sort this out, so we're still expecting him to be available for the game in Mexico City.
Aug 17 - 10:13 AM

Russell Westbrook and Paul George have been working out together this week in Los Angeles.

They have been joined by several other Thunder players, including Jerami Grant, Kyle Singler, Semaj Christon and Doug McDermott, at a gym on the UCLA campus. Both Westbrook and George will have to adjust their games and sacrifice a bit offensively next season. Westbrook's record-breaking usage rate will have to come back down to earth a bit. George will also attempt fewer shots playing alongside the league's reigning MVP and leading scorer.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 11:19 AM

Patrick Patterson underwent a successful scope on his left knee on Thursday.

He will be re-evaluated in 4-6 weeks, so we'll consider him questionable for training camp. He did struggle with his knee last season, so hopefully those concerns will be in the rearview mirror. Recently signed to a three-year, $16.4 million deal, Patterson actually has a decent path to minutes in OKC, as his competition for minutes at the four consists of Jerami Grant and Nick Collison. He averaged 6.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.4 triples in just under 25 minutes per game last season, so his upside isn't the greatest.
Aug 10 - 12:42 PM

Enes Kanter said he's been working on his 3-point shot, face-up game and defense this offseason.

Kanter's defense has always been an issue, so improving that side of his game will hopefully be his main focus. His name has been floating around the rumor mill for quite some time, but he said the trade talk doesn't bother him too much. "I can’t say enough how much I love the fans, how much I love the organization, all the people there. I see them like family," Kanter said. "But if it happens, it happens. I can’t do nothing about it, because it’s not in my hands." The Thunder added Patrick Patterson this summer, but Kanter should be able to match the 21.3 minutes per game he saw last season. Kanter is allergic to defensive stats, but he's worth a look late in drafts if you're targeting points, rebounds and FG percentage.
Aug 6 - 11:09 AM

Thunder sign G Daniel Hamilton.

It's a two-way deal for the 56th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, but he's almost certainly going to see most of his playing time with the Oklahoma City Blue.
Aug 3 - 5:19 PM

Alex Abrines received platelet rich plasma injections in his right knee in May and is hoping that will alleviate discomfort in the future.

Abrines has had issues with both his knees. He missed three games towards the end of the regular season due to a left knee sprain. However, he believes the PRP injections will help him greatly going forward. "This year, we did the right thing, stopping for two weeks, then rehabbing a little bit, starting slowly," said Abrines. "I think it's going to get better, and we don't have repeat it for the next three years at least." Abrines is currently training with the Spanish National Team as they prepare for EuroBasket.
Source: Oklahoman
Aug 1 - 9:27 AM

The Thunder will sign undrafted UCLA guard Bryce Alford.

The Thunder now have 17 players under contract, so Alford will likely be a training camp body on a non-guaranteed deal. He could be a candidate for a two-way contract, though. Alford hit 3.2 triples per game as a senior and holds UCLA's record for the most triples made in a game, season and career.
Source: NewsOK.com
Jul 31 - 12:06 PM

Terrance Ferguson agreed to his four-year rookie scale deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

It's unusual for a first-round pick to take this long on signing a deal, but he finally received clearance from FIBA to sign with OKC. The rookie's outlook doesn't look as great today as it does when he was drafted because the Thunder added Paul George. Ferguson will likely be spending most of his time with the OKC Blue in the G League.
Jul 27 - 9:26 PM

The Thunder remain "cautiously optimistic" on Russell Westbrook signing his max extension, according to Fred Katz of The Norman Transcript.

That's not really saying much, but the organization has to feel good about their last offseason before Westbrook's contract year. There will be plenty of rumors surrounding the reigning MVP, especially with his UCLA tie to Los Angeles. It certainly does help to have Paul George around, but Westbrook likely won't be able to match his all-time record for usage rate in a season.
Jul 27 - 8:46 PM

Terrance Ferguson has finally obtained clearance from FIBA to sign with the Thunder.

This is why he wasn't available for the Summer League. Ferguson is the last unsigned first-round pick from this summer’s draft, but that should change in the near future now that he's cleared. The 19-year-old SG was underwhelming for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia with just 4.6 points per game, so he's a major project and likely won't be in the rotation on opening night.
Jul 27 - 12:21 PM

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said the Pacers could've got more in the Paul George trade with the Thunder.

Wow. The Cavs were reportedly trying to get a deal together with Kevin Love and possibly other pieces for PG-13, but instead the Pacers went with Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis. A report from ESPN said "Indiana backed out" of the possible deal, as well. The PG-13 deal also went down before the Kyrie Irving trade demand, so maybe Gilbert's comments have something to do with that. Whatever the case, this is a very interesting quote from an NBA owner.
Jul 26 - 4:57 PM

French center Yannis Morin has agreed to a deal with the Thunder.

It's a non-guaranteed deal and the Thunder already have 16 players under contract, so Morin will have a tough time making the final roster unless he blows the Thunder away at training camp. He averaged just 2.2 points and 4.0 rebounds during the Orlando Summer League and will likely end up in the G-League.
Source: NewsOK.com
Jul 23 - 11:06 AM

Nick Collison said that he is unsure if he will retire after the 2017-18 season.

Next season will be the 15th season for Collison with the Thunder franchise. His on-production has diminished in recent years, but Collison is still a respected veteran and leader in the locker room. From a fantasy perspective, he can be ignored in all leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 22 - 9:27 AM

Thunder sign C Dakari Johnson.

It's a guaranteed two-year deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. The 2015 second-round pick dominated in Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 18.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 0.8 blocks on those four games. OKC doesn't have much depth behind Enes Kanter and Steven Adams, so Johnson could find minutes with an injury, especially after he did very well in the G League.
Jul 20 - 8:12 PM

The Cavs reportedly nearly pulled off a trade for Paul George, but the Pacers backed out at the last minute.

"Koby Altman was very close to a deal on June 30th for Paul George. It was so close, in fact, that Indiana was about to give permission to Paul George to get on the phone with Dan Gilbert," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "Indiana backed out of it and did the Oklahoma City deal." This report isn't quite as discouraging as the Jimmy Butler rumor because it was the Pacers who ultimately pulled out of the deal, but the Cavs not making any obvious improvements this offseason has to have LeBron James at odds with Cleveland management.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 19 - 10:41 AM


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