Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Thunder coach Billy Donovan's priority is to "develop a better relationship" with Kevin Durant.

Donovan was hired on Thursday and Durant won't hit free agency until July 2016, but questions about Durant's future already loom large. "With his rehab I think we will have a chance to sit down and really spend a lot of time together," Donovan said. "I feel very, very confident in the organization and I think the organization and Kevin ... are a great match." Durant has been nothing but supportive of Donovan's hiring, and he's expected to be fully recovered from his foot surgery in 3-5 months.
Source: Oklahoman
May 2 - 10:29 AM

According to Klay Thompson's father, Mychal Thompson, the Warriors are expected to "go hard after Kevin Durant" when he becomes an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

This report should be viewed with some substantial skepticism given what the Warriors would need to do to make this a reality. Yes, David Lee's massive contract will come off the books, and the salary cap will skyrocket when Durant becomes a free agent, but that still would only give the Warriors roughly $11 million in cap room to spend on a $25 million player. They would need to trade away some contracts to make the necessary room, and while it's not impossible, at this juncture it would seem highly improbable that Durant lands in Golden State as a free agent.
Source: NBC Sports
May 1 - 2:12 PM

Nick Collison had knee surgery on Thursday and will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

It's just a knee scope and he should be ready to roll for training camp. Collison had his knee scoped last summer and he'll likely be needing procedures in the future.
Apr 30 - 8:42 PM

Kevin Durant said that he's "excited to learn" from Billy Donovan, that he will do whatever his head coach asks him to do.

Durant seems to be pleased with OKC's hiring, and he said that he's reached out to Mike Miller and Chandler Parsons to pick their brains about what it's like to play for Donovan, and he's heard nothing but positives. Durant is one of those players that's so talented it really doesn't matter what "system" he's put in to perform at a top-3 level, but coming off an injury plagued season, he'll make for a bit of a risky selection in next year's drafts.
Apr 30 - 7:07 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti officially announced the hiring of Billy Donovan as OKC's new head coach on Thursday.

"We are thrilled to welcome Billy and his family to the Oklahoma City Thunder organization," said Presti. "His emotional intelligence, commitment to the concept of team, and relentless approach to incremental improvement have allowed him to bring his players together and establish lasting relationships through competitive success. Billy's core values and alignment with our culture and community, as well as his proven tactical abilities, make him an ideal addition to the Thunder organization." Donovan's five-year deal with OKC is worth approximately $30 million, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Source: newsok.com
Apr 30 - 3:13 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have hired Billy Donovan as their head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Donovan will leave the University of Florida after 19 years and two national championships and will join the Thunder on what is being reported as a five-year deal. While he'll have high expectations in his first NBA season, Donovan will be able to lean on a talented roster that includes Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook as the Thunder attempt to play their way back to the NBA Finals.
Apr 30 - 1:19 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder are finalizing a deal to make Billy Donovan their next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

After 19 years at the University of Florida, it sounds like Donovan is finally ready to make the jump to the NBA and the deal could be announced as soon as Thursday. Donovan will inherit a talented Thunder roster, but will have very high expectations and will be faced with the possibility of Kevin Durant's departure as a free agent after the 2015-16 season. We'll update this item as soon as more information is available, but it sounds like Donovan will be in for an interesting first season in Oklahoma City.
Apr 30 - 12:08 PM

Kevin Durant is reportedly happy with the Thunder's interest in Billy Donovan as the team's next head coach.

With news that Billy Donovan is nearing a multi-year deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has done his own research on the coach and is optimistic about the hiring. While Donovan doesn't have any NBA experience, he is one of the premier coaches in college hoops and will inherit a very talented roster. As long as Durant returns healthy for the 2015-16 season, he should have no problem thriving in Donovan's system and will likely be a top-5 selection in most fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
Apr 30 - 10:32 AM

Billy Donovan is close to reaching an agreement to be the next head coach of the Thunder, and an announcement is expected to be made on either Thursday or Friday.

This story has been brewing for a while now, so there aren't really any surprises here. Donovan will be pressured to win almost immediately, and it will be interesting to see what kind of relationship he forms with the likes of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. We will let you know when the two sides reach an agreement.
Apr 29 - 10:26 PM

Billy Donovan has "formally" begun talks with the Thunder regarding their head coach position.

It's no secret that Donovan is the clear favorite to land the job, and there are still no reports of additional candidates after Kevin Ollie pulled his name from consideration. We will continue to follow this story closely, but all signs point to Donovan coaching the Thunder in the 2015-16 campaign. For what it's worth, an offer could be made as early as today.
Source: ESPN
Apr 29 - 9:53 AM

Billy Donovan will reportedly take the Thunder head coaching job if it is offered to him.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti visited Gainesville in February on what was rumored to be a trip to scout Donovan, so there may be some fire where there's smoke here. Kevin Ollie has reportedly pulled his name from consideration in Oklahoma City, so we'll keep a close eye to see if Donovan finally makes the jump to the NBA if and when the Thunder make an offer.
Apr 28 - 10:54 AM

UConn head coach Kevin Ollie has reportedly withdrawn his name from consideration in Oklahoma City's search for their next head coach.

Ollie's name surfaced as a possibility to replace Scott Brooks, but he posted an Instagram photo of a Bible with the following caption on Thursday, "Everybody has their sources but this is the only Source I need. #FamilyFirstAlways #UConnLuv." University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan has also been rumored to be on the Thunder's wish list, but there hasn't been anything concrete to connect him to the Oklahoma City just yet.
Apr 23 - 1:55 PM

The Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Wow. It's tough to blame Brooks after such an injury-plagued season, but he has been on the hot seat for a few seasons now and his offense and in-game adjustments have always been heavily criticized. Brooks had the public support of his star players, so it will be interesting to see if Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or Serge Ibaka has anything to say about this. Brooks has reportedly become an instant contender for the head coaching jobs in Orlando and Denver, while University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie and Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan are among the many names being thrown around the rumor mill to replace Brooks in OKC.
Apr 22 - 1:30 PM

Enes Kanter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee and will miss the next 4-6 weeks of basketball activities.

To be clear, it is a minor procedure and Kanter is fully expected to be ready for training camp. He will be a restricted free agent this summer, but all signs point to him remaining in Oklahoma City. Injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka allowed Kanter to have a lot more responsibility on offense to close out the season, but his value won't be too high when the Thunder are at full strength. Kanter's lack of defensive stats and poor passing vision will continue to cap his upside in fantasy leagues.
Apr 22 - 10:22 AM

University of Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie is being "seriously considered" for the Thunder head coaching job.

Last week, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Thunder will evaluate Scott Brooks, so there's going to be some extra heat on Brooks with this report. Ollie took the Huskies to the NCAA Championship in 2014 and was an NBA coaching candidate last summer. The Thunder failed to make the playoffs due to the injuries to Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka, but Brooks' offense has been criticized since he became a head coach. Expect the team to shoot the Ollie rumor down in the near future.
Source: SNY
Apr 20 - 3:23 PM


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