Player News - Thunder

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Royal Ivey interviewed with the Knicks recently for an assistant position on David Fizdale's staff.

Ivey has also received some interest from other teams, including the Philadelphia 76ers. He's a New York native and played his high school ball at Cardozo High School in New York.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 10:38 AM

Jerami Grant said he thinks it's "a possibility" he stays in Oklahoma City next season.

"I know it’s a lot of moving pieces but I definitely think it’s a great possibility me being there," Grant said. "There’s a lot of things they have to figure out but I think it’s a good chance." OKC's top priority will be to bring Paul George back and chances are their next move would be to get Carmelo Anthony to opt out somehow. After that, Grant could stay in OKC and has been a nice fit in the frontcourt.
May 18 - 5:00 PM

Patrick Patterson admitted he was disappointed by his performance during his first season in OKC.

Patterson was surprisingly durable, playing in a team-high 82 games, but averaged career lows in field goal percentage, points, rebounds, assists and minutes per game. "At the end of the day, it wasn't what I expected," Patterson said. "It wasn't what my teammates and coaching staff expected, or even the fans." When OKC initially signed Patterson, they viewed him as a starting PF. However, once they traded for Carmelo Anthony, P-Patt was bumped to the bench and was never able to find a comfort zone.
Source: Oklahoman
May 15 - 9:46 AM

Nick Collison is retiring after 15 years in the NBA.

Collison was drafted 12th in the first round way back in 2003 and played every game of his career with the Sonics and Thunder. He never averaged double-digit scoring, but did come close to posting a double-double in 2007-08 and was a favorite among teammates. Collison was always a treat to listen to and could likely earn a job in basketball as soon as he wants.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 2:25 PM

Paul George had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee on Wednesday and he's expected to resume basketball activities in 6-8 weeks.

PG battled left knee soreness in late December but he only missed one game, after which we heard nothing about the knee. Fortunately, the initial timetable gives him plenty of time to prepare for training camp -- the big question is which team he'll be playing for, as he's expected to decline his $20.7 million player option in favor of free agency.
May 9 - 7:37 PM

According to Royce Young of ESPN.com, Carmelo Anthony forgot what time Game 5 started and showed up early, but got in his car and left after realizing it was an 8:30 start.

Well, this is a weird one and it doesn't necessarily mean much in the grand scheme of things. It's fair to say the Thunder and its fans do not want Melo to come back on his $28 million player option next year. The OK3 was a colossal failure and now Melo says coming off the bench is "out of the question."
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 4:16 PM

Alex Abrines underwent a procedure for a sports hernia on Thursday morning.

He will miss approximately six weeks before returning to offseason activities, so he should be back on the court around mid-June. This means he'll be ready well in advance of training camp. The Thunder will be getting a healthy Andre Roberson back for 2018-19, but there could be a path to minutes for Abrines if Paul George leaves or if Carmelo Anthony opts out.
May 3 - 1:43 PM

Billy Donovan will return as the head coach for the Thunder in 2018-19.

Donovan was noncommittal about his future with OKC following their first-round playoff exit, but GM Sam Presti confirmed at Wednesday's exit interviews that he would be back. The Thunder are preparing for a crucial offseason with Paul George hitting the open market, but Presti said his dialogue with George "has really encouraged us."
May 2 - 12:44 PM

Nick Collison strongly hinted that he's leaning toward retirement.

When asked about his NBA future, Collison said that he believes his decision is made, but nothing is finalized just yet. It would be surprising if Collison came back for another season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him remain with the Thunder organization in a coaching or front office role.
Apr 29 - 2:57 PM

Thunder head coach Billy Donovan was noncommittal about his future with the Thunder following the team's first-round playoff exit.

Donovan was asked if he anticipated returning as head coach, and he avoided the question entirely with the following response, "Let me say I'm excited about the organization. I love working with Sam, the people that are here. I haven't given any thought to that. My total focus has been how do we get better and improve." While we don't expect a change at the helm, anything is on the table after OKC's disappointing campaign.
Apr 29 - 2:53 PM

Raymond Felton said he would "love" to re-sign with the Thunder.

Felton is unlikely to have a market that extends beyond teams willing to offer him the veteran's minimum, so if the Thunder want to have some continuity at the backup point guard position behind Russell Westbrook, re-signing Felton could make sense. No matter the outcome, Felton won't be a priority in free agency.
Apr 29 - 2:45 PM

When asked about the offseason, Paul George said he thinks "the biggest thing is just trying to keep a relationship with Sam [Presti]."

"Continue to talk with Sam," George said. "Continue to talk with Billy [Donovan], with Russ [Westbrook}, and figure out the direction we want to go as a group." Maybe he left someone out by accident, but it's certainly interesting that Carmelo Anthony wasn't mentioned in that group, and it's fair to think that PG-13 won't come back if OKC has to drop $28 million on Melo.
Apr 28 - 6:47 PM

Carmelo Anthony said coming off the bench is "out of the question."

"I’m not sacrificing no bench role," Anthony added. Yeah, so this could affect if he is going to opt in for his $28 million and OKC could use this for some leverage in hopes Melo does indeed opt out. After Anthony's horrendous postseason series, his free agent market will be a lot lower than most expected.
Apr 28 - 5:42 PM

Paul George was non-committal on his future after the Thunder's Game 6 loss on Friday night.

If this was his final game for OKC, it will leave a sour taste. George was just 2-of-16 from the floor, scoring a total of only five points in 45 minutes. "It's too soon," said George when asked if he would return to OKC next season. "I'd love to remain a Thunder, but that's what the summer is for. So, we'll address that in the summer." It will be another very interesting offseason in Oklahoma City. Stay tuned.
Source: Oklahoman
Apr 28 - 9:35 AM

Russell Westbrook made 18-of-43 from the field for 46 points during a 96-91 season-ending loss to the Jazz on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers.

Yep, Westbrook outscored his teammates 46-45 and he really had no help while Donovan Mitchell was going off. Westbrook and Mitchell both scored 20-plus points in the third quarter to become the first opposing players to each score 20 in a quarter over the last 20 postseasons. Westbrook also has scored 45-plus in three straight elimination games to become the first player ever to do so. It's clearly his team, but now OKC will have to face questions on whether other players will want to suit up with him.
Source: ESPN
Apr 28 - 1:24 AM


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