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The Wizards and Lakers are not expected to land a meeting with Kevin Durant, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Amick adds the Lakers "have a way of at least getting a meeting" based on their past, but it's not looking good. Both the Lakers and Wizards have spent some time hoping they would be able to land the former MVP, but at least now they can focus on other players and possibly make some signings while KD is making up his mind.
Source: USA Today
Jun 25 - 7:31 PM

Sam Presti said that the Thunder felt comfortable trading Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo due to the emergence of Steven Adams.

"The reason why I think we're in the position to make that choice [Ibaka for Oladipo] is because we've got another one in Steven Adams," Presti said. "His emergence as I think an impact defensive player is allowing us to look to continue to add to the team and make it deeper, more robust, more skilled." Adams came alive in the postseason with averages of 10.1 points, 9.5 boards and 0.8 blocks, and he should have a larger role in the frontcourt next season alongside Enes Kanter with Ibaka out of the picture.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 25 - 1:17 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti said that he won't decline Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.

"No, we traded for him because we think he's a good, complementary player to our core players," Presti said. "Like I said for a lot of these guys, he has a toughness that we really like. As you mentioned, I think we have a lot of flexibility and different things we can look at as a result of what it is that we're able to do. But we like the player, and we like how he fits with our group." Depending on what the Thunder do in free agency, Ilyasova is probably only going to see minutes in the teens in OKC.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 25 - 10:57 AM

Kevin Durant’s representatives "are working to solidify invitations" with the Celtics, Warriors, Clippers, Heat, Spurs and Thunder, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

According to the report, the meetings are expected to take place in New York, but teams are still awaiting on the specific location. Wojnarowski adds the Thunder are still the frontrunners for a one-plus-one-year deal to allow Durant to hit free agency for the big salary cap rise in 2017. Wojnarowski also said the Warriors "have Durant's attention." Lastly, the report adds Durant is expected to take a tour to the Far East on July 9 and should have a decision before then. OK, everybody got that?
Jun 25 - 12:24 AM

The Warriors, Spurs and Thunder are the first three known teams to have recruiting meetings with Kevin Durant, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It's going to be very interesting to see how Durant reacts to the Serge Ibaka trade. If he stays with OKC, he'll certainly be playing a lot more power forward. The Warriors and Spurs both can clear out some money to bring on Durant, especially with the salary cap rising to $94 million next year. Get ready for a lot of rumors.
Jun 24 - 11:24 PM

The Thunder will pick up Ersan Ilyasova's option for the 2016-17 season.

This means he will be on the books for $8.4 million, but he will hit free agency next summer. Ilyasova should have a role off the Thunder bench with Serge Ibaka now in Orlando, but he will likely be a 3-point specialist at best in fantasy leagues next season.
Jun 24 - 12:08 PM

The Thunder acquired the rights to Daniel Hamilton from the Nuggets as the 56th pick.

This 6'8" UCONN guard struggled with his shot in his sophomore season, making just 38.7 percent from the field. Hamilton might not be able to put up offensive stats and will help his team in transition more than anything. He's a project and needs to change some mechanics on his jumper.
Jun 24 - 12:11 AM

Ersan Ilyasova was traded to the Thunder along with Victor Oladipo as part of Thursday's deal sending Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

OKC has Mitch McGary, Enes Kanter and Nick Collison to support center Steven Adams, so Ilyasova will be battling for minutes during training camp. He's little more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career.
Jun 23 - 9:13 PM

Victor Oladipo was traded to the Thunder on Thursday.

Wow. The Thunder got themselves a terrific shooting guard with play-making ability. If the team does keep Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Oladipo is going to have a tough time matching his statistical output from last year. He will get big minutes on his new team and would be a mid-round target in standard leagues. This opens up minutes for Mario Hezonja and makes Dion Waiters expendable, as well.
Jun 23 - 8:53 PM

The Magic have selected Domantas Sabonis with the No. 11 pick in the NBA Draft, but they traded him to the Thunder in a deal centered around Serge Ibaka.

His dad, Arvydas, was a revolutionary big man in the late 1990s, but Domantas is more of a traditional power forward. The 20-year-old product from Gonzaga was fantastic at the rim, making 71.9 percent from there for 57.3 percent of his shot total. The 3-pointers aren’t there yet, but Sabonis made 47.7 percent of his two-point jumpers. His NBA offense will be built on low-post production and hopefully he can pass from there anywhere close to how effective his dad was. Sabonis should be able to help the Thunder out right away and will provide some depth behind Enes Kanter and Steven Adams.
Jun 23 - 8:51 PM

Phil Jackson reportedly told Derrick Rose that the team will go after Kevin Durant as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

It's a tough sell for Jackson, as he'll be asking Durant to leave a team that was one win away from an NBA Finals berth for a club that has failed to make the postseason for three years running, but hey, it doesn't hurt to try. There will be roughly 28 other teams vying for Durant's services this summer, but most signs point to him remaining with OKC, at least on a two-year deal with an opt out on Year-2. The Dubs are also rumored to be a realistic landing spot should KD leave OKC.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 2:55 PM

The Warriors are reportedly going to make Kevin Durant their top offseason priority this summer.

It would be a surprise to see Durant pass up millions by not re-signing with Oklahoma City, though the Warriors may represent the best shot at a title for the 27-year-old. While the Warriors will have plenty of company as they vie for Durant's services, we'll keep a close eye on this situation as Golden State's pitch to Durant could prove too tempting to pass up.
Jun 21 - 9:17 AM

Kevin Durant confirmed on Monday that he will play for Team USA this summer.

This is huge for Team USA because they just learned that LeBron James will likely take the summer off along with Stephen Curry, James Harden, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook. As of right now, Paul George, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard are considered to be the only locks to join Durant on Team USA.
Jun 20 - 1:55 PM

Nazr Mohammed will likely retire from the NBA.

"I really don't know," Mohammed said of his future. "I think that's the last game. I'm not going to be actively kind of pursuing to play. I might be sitting over there with you guys next time, you never know, but I'm not going to actively pursue to play." The 38-year-old big man was simply a locker room guy for the Thunder this season, but his playing days are likely over.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 20 - 10:42 AM

Dez Wells will play for the Bulls' summer league team.

If the Bulls decide to rebuild this summer, there could be a place on their 15-man roster for Wells. He attended the Thunder's training camp prior to the 2015-16 season and spent the year in the D-League where he averaged 12.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24 appearances.
Jun 19 - 1:18 PM


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