Player News - Thunder

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Joffrey Lauvergne exited Tuesday's scrimmage after being poked in the eye.

We'll go ahead and throw Lauvergne on the injury report for now, but it would be shocking to see this to turn into an issue that impacts his status for opening night. Lauvergne is going to be fighting for minutes with the likes of Enes Kanter, Domatas Sabonis and Ersan Ilyasova this season, so it'll be extremely tough for him to earn enough minutes to make a difference in most settings.
Sep 28 - 9:45 AM

Cameron Payne suffered a right ankle sprain during Tuesday's scrimmage.

The severity of the injury is not currently known, but it's worth pointing out that this is the same foot that Payne had surgery on this summer to correct the Jones fracture. We should have an update on Payne soon enough, but with a full month to go until the regular season tips, he has plenty of time to make a full recovery.
Sep 28 - 9:38 AM

Andre Roberson has worked on his shooting mechanics this summer.

The Thunder did add Victor Oladipo, but he's not the only player who will fill the offensive void left by the departures of Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Dion Waiters. Roberson had a tiny 9.3 usage rate last season, so there's a chance he gets into the low teens this year. Plus, he should be able to improve on his 22.2 minutes per game. All that said, there's just not enough upside to draft him in most leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:28 PM

Cameron Payne (foot) will be a full participant during Tuesday's scrimmage.

"I think the biggest challenge for him has been probably his timing, his rhythm and those kinds of things, just because he hasn't played a lot of five-on-five," Donovan said. "He looks good. He's moving well." Payne has been cleared for full contact and has been going through five-on-five work for the past week, but this will be his first time going through a full scrimmage with the team. He's on track to be good to go for opening night, but Payne isn't much more than a late-round flier in deep leagues.
Sep 25 - 3:20 PM

Victor Oladipo said that he's more than just a "3-and-D" wing.

"I don't just want to be a three-point shooter. I don't just want to be a defensive stopper," Oladipo said. "I want to be one of the best players in this league, and in order to do that, you have to affect the game on both ends and do multiple things." The minutes will be there for Oladipo in OKC, so despite playing next to a usage rate monster in Russell Westbrook, we're expecting a career year from the fourth-year SG. Reaching for him in the second round is fair game after he put up averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game after the break last season.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 25 - 9:57 AM

Billy Donovan is planning to remain with the Thunder for the long haul.

"When players leave, you gotta be aligned with the people that are in charge and the people you're working with every single day," Donovan said. This is clearly in response to Kevin Durant's departure, but this was a predictable response that we all should have seen coming.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 24 - 4:59 PM

Mitch McGary said that he did not fully comply with the structure of the NBA's drug program, and that's what resulted in his 10-game suspension.

McGary is suspended for a total of 15 games, but he got an additional 10 on top of the five that had already been in place for some time. "I'm in the drug program for failing the drug test and to be compliant, you have to take a certain amount of tests, and I did not do that," McGary said. "I would love to stay here and play here with new guys coming in; it would be very tough for me to get minutes here," McGary said. The big man would have been buried even without the suspensions, and now his time off could result in his release from the roster. "I don't want to let this define me as a player," McGary added. If that's the case, he needs to make some real changes immediately and commit to being a professional.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 24 - 4:56 PM

Alex Caruso has signed a training camp deal with the Thunder.

Caruso is a 6'6" combo guard who put up averages of 8.1 points, 5.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals during his senior season at Texas A&M. He will likely end up in the D-League with the OKC Blue. The Thunder also made the signing of Chris Wright official on Friday.
Sep 24 - 10:50 AM

Kaleb Tarczewski has signed a training camp deal with the Thunder.

Tarczewski averaged 9.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during his senior season at Arizona. Even with Mitch McGary on the roster bubble in OKC, Tarczewski is facing an uphill battle to make it past camp.
Sep 24 - 10:46 AM

Cameron Payne (foot) said he's gained 10 pounds of muscle this summer.

That's a little hard to believe with Payne suffering a foot fracture this summer. He also said he's hoping to add another five pounds. Payne added his foot is feeling pretty good, so he might be able to play in the opener.
Sep 23 - 5:26 PM

Mitch McGary said it's "going to be hard to get minutes" for the Thunder this season.

He's not going to get any minutes in the first 15 games due to a suspension. McGary admitted he messed up and said he just wants to play basketball again. He's not a lock to make the team.
Sep 23 - 4:33 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti confirmed that Mitch McGary will be at training camp.

He's reportedly on the roster bubble and has been suspended for the first 15 games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug policy for the second time. "He’ll be with us in training camp with an opportunity to compete," Presti said. "All that being said, I think it’s going to be a competitive camp. We’ve got probably more deserving players lined up to come to camp than we have roster spots." The Thunder brought in Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis, so McGary won't be looking at minutes in OKC if he sticks around.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 22 - 2:12 PM

Sam Presti stated during Wednesday's presser that he believes the fans in Oklahoma City will take to Victor Oladipo "very quickly" and "very kindly."

The Thunder may have lost Kevin Durant this offseason, but that loss will open up a ton of opportunity for the 24-year-old Oladipo. Through 24 games after the break last year, Oladipo produced top-10 value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 19.4 points, 5.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.2 steals, 1.1 blocks and 1.4 triples per game on 47.4 percent shooting while posting a usage rate of 22.6. There's no way he slips out of the second-round on draft day.
Sep 21 - 1:30 PM

Sam Presti said that Cameron Payne (Jones fracture) has progressed to playing five-on-five, and he will have no restrictions at training camp.

Presti acknowledged that Payne has looked a bit "rusty" after spending the past few months rehabbing from the Jones fracture, but he's "healthy" and making solid progress in his recovery. Payne will have some more responsibilities this season with Kevin Durant now in Golden State, although with Russell Westbrook and Victor Oladipo set to soak up the bulk of the backcourt minutes in OKC, it'll be tough for Payne to make a difference in standard settings.
Sep 21 - 12:40 PM

Domantas Sabonis said he will be ready for training camp after cutting his finger.

Sabonis said he cut his finger while lifting weights, but expects to be ready for the start of training camp on Saturday. While the rookie has upside, Sabonis will join a crowded Thunder frontcourt and won't have much fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Oklahoman
Sep 20 - 9:58 AM


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