Player News - Thunder

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The Thunder will exercise their team option on Jerami Grant for the 2017-18 season.

He will be on the books for just $1.5 million, so it's an easy decision for the Thunder. Grant only averaged 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting in 19.1 minutes per game last season, so he will be just a blocks specialist in deeper leagues unless his role grows.
Jun 27 - 10:27 PM

Russell Westbrook said on Monday night that he has not yet started thinking about his contract extension.

Shortly after being named MVP, reporters asked Westbrook if he had decided whether or not he planned on signing a lucrative extension with OKC. "Man, tonight is so important for me, and obviously with the contract and stuff coming up, it's not really on my mind at the moment honestly," Westbrook said. On July 1, he’s eligible to sign an extension worth up to $215 million over the next five seasons. If Russ does not sign the extension, he would be able to hit free agency in 2018, which would put the Thunder in a precarious position.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 27 - 9:19 AM

Russell Westbrook was named the league MVP for the 2016-17 season.

Kevin Durant's departure set the franchise back several years, but Westbrook kept them relevant in the West by helping his team finish sixth in the West with a 47-35 record. Westbrook averaged a triple-double with 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 10.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 2.5 treys and 5.4 turnovers, breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most triple-doubles in a season with 43. Westy seems pretty happy to be the man in OKC and could be looking at an extension this worth $200+ million over five seasons this summer.
Jun 26 - 11:13 PM

Terrance Ferguson said he expects to be a 3-and-D guy early in his career.

The Thunder drafted him because they believe he can bury some treys, which obviously was a huge problem for them. Ferguson barely played in Australia last year with just 4.6 points per game in 15.1 minutes, so he's a project. He did say he can add stuff to his game, but there's little need for him to create offense when Russell Westbrook is his teammate.
Jun 24 - 2:46 PM

Oklahoma City Thunder selects G Terrance Ferguson with the 21st selection in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The 19-year-old Dallas native opted to play in Australia instead of the NCAA, averaging 4.6 points, 1.2 boards, 0.6 assists and 0.7 treys in just 15.1 minutes with Adelaide. He does carry some classic appeal standing t 6’7" with a 6’9" wingspan and 38-inch max vert, but Ferguson has a long way to go regarding versatility to his game as a scorer and creating for his teammates. As has become usual, it's an interesting first-round developmental gamble for the Thunder.
Jun 22 - 9:50 PM

Terrance Ferguson will work out for the Hornets.

He played in Australia instead of college, scoring just 4.6 points per game with Adelaide last season. Ferguson does have decent size at 6'7" with his 6'9" wingspan to go with his 38'' vertical, so he checks off the boxes there. Of course, there aren't too many success stories on players opting to not play in college, so Ferguson will likely fall in the 15-20 range.
Jun 10 - 6:51 PM

Victor Oladipo has dropped 10 pounds in the last three weeks during his offseason training.

Muscle Watch! In the Instagram post, Oladipo looks a little more toned and he also said he's going to continue his offseason training to get in better shape. Due to Russell Westbrook shattering the record for usage rate and Oladipo underperforming, he couldn't build off his strong finish in his Magic career. He'll be sliding into the middle rounds this year, but there is still plenty of upside, especially with VO expected to play more point guard.
Source: Oklahoman
Jun 9 - 5:31 PM

Enes Kanter's father has been detained in Turkey, the country's official news agency reported Friday.

Mehmet Kanter was detained in his Istanbul home for an investigation undertaken by a prosecutor's office in northwestern Turkey, according to the Anadolu news agency. Per the AP, "The Kanters have become bigger targets than usual lately as Enes Kanter has continued to be a vocal supporter of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen's movement and a critic of Turkish President Erdogan."
Source: NBA.com
Jun 3 - 10:41 AM

Jerami Grant said getting stronger is one of his top priorities this summer.

"I think they're doing a great job here of getting me stronger in certain areas," Grant said. "I think they're specific to what we want to do with my body. And on the court, being able to read the defense, slow my game down a little bit, not moving 100 miles an hour." Grant had some nice moments in OKC this season, but he only played 19.1 minutes per game with averages of 5.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.6 triples on 46.9 percent shooting. He's an elite shot blocker at the small forward position and shot 37.7 percent from beyond the arc, so the 23-year-old will be hoping that a strong offseason will help him earn a larger role in 2017-18.
Source: NewsOK
May 29 - 12:57 PM

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Doug McDermott has the "versatility to play a little [power forward]" next season.

One of McDermott's goals this offseason is to "add strength without bulk," as he wants to match up with bigger players without sacrificing mobility. A career 39.4-percent 3-point shooter, he also said he wants to prove he's "more than a catch-and-shoot player" and wants to improve his perimeter defense. Enes Kanter is rumored to be on the trade block and Taj Gibson is a free agent this summer, so there's certainly a path to minutes if McDermott is able to play some four. His upside isn't the greatest, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting him to be more than a 3-point specialist at this stage of his career.
Source: NewsOK
May 28 - 11:41 AM

Turkey has issued a warrant for the arrest of Enes Kanter, according to a report from a Turkish pro-government publication.

According to the Daily Sabah in Turkey, Kanter is sought for being a member of a "terror group." A Turkish prosecutor opened an investigation into Kanter’s "alleged membership of an armed terrorist organization," according to the report. Kanter was detained last week in Romania, but was able to travel to London and eventually America.
Source: Oklahoman
May 26 - 3:10 PM

Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States.

Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon.
May 21 - 12:53 PM

Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder.

"I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy.
May 21 - 11:50 AM

Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania.

He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear.
May 20 - 2:47 PM

Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning.

Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information.
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 11:25 AM


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