Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

The Thunder will sign F Josh Huestis to a four-year deal at the rookie scale.

There have been numerous reports that the Thunder were saving their final roster spot for Huestis, and now it is finally official. Huestis spent the entire 2014-15 season in the D-League and put up averages of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists, and he likely won't be in the rotation next season on a deep Thunder squad. Huestis can be ignored in just about all leagues.
Jul 30 - 6:03 PM

Serge Ibaka (right knee surgery) is in South Africa for the first ever NBA Africa game, but Yahoo's Marc J. Spears reports that Ibaka has not been cleared to play.

Ibaka had surgery on Mar. 17 and was given an initial timetable of 4-6 weeks, so this raises some concerns for the Thunder. It's probable that OKC is simply being extra cautious with Ibaka to avoid any unnecessary setbacks, and we'll pass along more information as soon as possible. For the record, Ibaka said that if he's "100 percent" he will play for Spain during the EuroBasket tournament which begins in early September.
Jul 28 - 8:02 PM

Steven Adams will not play for the New Zealand national team this summer.

"Due to scheduling conflicts over the coming months and Steven's focus on being ready for the start of the 2015-16 regular season, Steven would not have been able to join the national team until very late in their tour," his representatives said. Adams is expected to battle Enes Kanter for the starting center job.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 27 - 11:25 AM

Dakari Johnson is learning how to play pick-and-rolls at the professional level.

"I’m learning how to play pick and rolls, how to sprint into pick-and-rolls, dive, take my time and be patient with my moves. They do a good job of teaching me how to be a pro," he said. Johnson is a bit of a project, but the Thunder love long-term investments who can come at undervalued prices.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 27 - 9:40 AM

The Thunder are reportedly saving their final roster spot for SF Josh Huestis, whom they selected at No. 29 in the 2014 draft.

Huestis was a regular in the D-League last season but Thunder GM Sam Presti has already indicated that they'd like to call him up, saying in May, "He's someone that we think very highly of ... we think he has a future with the team." Huestis would be buried behind Kevin Durant, Kyle Singler and possibly even Steve Novak on the depth chart.
Jul 26 - 10:46 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) will be in attendance at Team USA's minicamp this August.

He obviously won't be participating, but this is a clear sign that he plans on playing at the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016. KD was recently spotted taking jump shots as part of his rehab process, and all signs point to him being ready for the start of training camp. Durant will be a target in the 3-7 range on draft day next season.
Jul 26 - 5:24 PM

Kevin Durant (foot) was spotted taking on-court jumpers as part of his ongoing rehab process.

While Durant still doesn't have an official timetable, the video has to be encouraging for those looking for signs of progress. KD will have to clear multiple hurdles before advancing deeper into his rehab, but so far, so good as Durant looks to rebound from a lost 2014-15 season.
Jul 20 - 12:42 PM

Dion Waiters said he thinks the Thunder can win a championship next year.

While it will be interesting to see how first-year head coach Billy Donovan meshes with the team, Waiters may be on to something as the Thunder will have a healthy Kevin Durant to start the 2015-16 season. "We got to come in knowing what’s at stake and that’s a championship," Waiters said. "We got the team. If you look at our team, we don’t have (any) missing links. We have everything that we need." The 23-year-old can score in bunches, but his fantasy value will take a bit of a hit with Durant returning and is better off left as a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Jul 16 - 10:02 AM

Thunder re-sign F/C Enes Kanter to a four-year, $70 million contract.

"We traded for Enes last season with the intention of keeping him as a member of the Thunder for several years to come, and we are excited that he will continue with us," said Thunder GM Sam Presti. "He adds valuable depth to our roster, diversity to our frontcourt and the dimension that he brings offensively will positively impact our team." Kanter's defense will have to improve dramatically for doubters to buy into his inflated stock and fantasy owners need to consider that Kanter's damage in OKC came without Kevin Durant (foot) on the floor.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 13 - 9:40 AM

The Thunder have reportedly matched Portland's offer for Enes Kanter, and will sign him to a four-year, $70 million deal.

Kanter is actually a nice fit in OKC, and despite his lack of defense, he should be able to crank out some low-end, mid-round value as a nightly double-double threat for the Thunder. With Kanter in town, Steven Adams and Mitch McGary will struggled to find enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. It's also important to note, that as the salary cap rises, Kanter's lucrative deal won't force the Thunder to pay the luxury tax in 2016, even if/when Kevin Durant signs his max-deal.
Jul 12 - 8:44 PM

The Thunder are still expected to match Enes Kanter's four-year, $70 million offer sheet from the Blazers.

GM Sam Presti has said all along that he would match any offer Kanter received, and owner Clay Bennett is apparently read to back up that claim with a truckload of cash. Kanter was a third-round fantasy value after the All-Star break, despite a lack of defensive stats, and owners who miss out on an elite big man shouldn't sleep on him after the early rounds.
Jul 12 - 3:03 PM

The Thunder have officially signed Cameron Payne.

The rookie is being held out of summer league due to a fractured ring finger, but he is expected to be fine in a couple weeks. Payne will find minutes tough to come by in OKC as long as Russell Westbrook is healthy, so it's safe to ignore him in standard leagues for now.
Jul 10 - 2:13 PM

Semaj Christon scored 23 points with seven assists in Friday's overtime win over the Clippers.

Christon capped off his excellent performance by nailing the game-winning free throw, and it's possible that his play this summer has created some buzz around the league. Christon came into Friday's game with averages of 13.8 points and 6.8 boards, but he will have a hard time making the Thunder's final roster for the 2015-16 season.
Jul 10 - 10:48 AM

OKC GM Sam Presti implied that the Thunder will match Portland's four-year, max offer for Enes Kanter.

"We haven't received the offer sheet as of yet," said Presti regarding Kanter's offer sheet from Portland. "But our intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard." It's important to note that a lot of what OKC does over the next year will all be in an effort to keep Kevin Durant happy (he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2016), and prove to him that their focus is on winning and not cost-saving maneuvers. OKC has three days, but it sounds like they're going to match.
Jul 9 - 5:07 PM

The Trail Blazers have reportedly offered Enes Kanter a four-year, max deal worth approximately $70 million with a player option on the final year.

The Thunder now have three days to decide if they will match that offer, and if they do, they could be looking at paying a hefty $26 million luxury tax bill for the 2015-16 season. If OKC decides to let Kanter walk, Steven Adams would return to the starting center role with the Thunder, and Ed Davis' fantasy value in Portland would take a sizable hit.
Jul 9 - 4:07 PM


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