Player News - Thunder

Date: Team: Pos:

Thunder GM Sam Presti said Andre Roberson (left knee surgery) will go through parts of training camp, primarily non-contact.

"We don’t think we’re going to be without him very long," Presti added. Roberson previously said that he hoped to be 100 percent by December, so we're not expecting to see him on opening night barring a huge surprise. With Terrance Ferguson struggling at the Summer League, it will be interesting to see if rookie Hamidou Diallo could make a case for minutes. Alex Abrines and Timothe Luwawu will be competing for more minutes as well.
Sep 20 - 12:40 PM

Thunder GM Sam Presti said the team won't rush Russell Westbrook back from knee surgery.

He added that the Thunder have never pushed a player to hit a specific date in recovering from injury, and that he won’t start now by rushing Westbrook to be ready for game one. The Thunder announced that Westbrook would be re-evaluated in four weeks on Sept. 12, so it's not a surprise that he'll likely miss some time to start the season. Paul George's fantasy arrow is pointing up and it makes sense for Westbrook's owners to handcuff him with Dennis Schroder.
Sep 20 - 12:25 PM

Andre Roberson (left knee surgery) has still not been cleared for contact or five-on-five work.

Roberson said that he hopes to be 100% by December, so it sounds like there's a good chance he'll miss the beginning of the season. That will create some increased opportunity for Dennis Schroder, but Schroder will likely lose a ton of value once Roberson works his way back into the rotation. To be clear, Roberson isn't worth drafting anywhere.
Source: NBA
Sep 18 - 4:31 PM

Contrary to recent speculation, the Rockets do not plan on signing Corey Brewer.

Brewer was seen working out at the Rockets facility and was photographed with GM Daryl Morey, leading to reports that Houston was bringing Brewer back. However, that won't happen, according to longtime Rockets reporter Jonathan Feigen. Brewer, one of the most established vets remaining on the market, is looking to sign with a new club prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.
Sep 18 - 9:34 AM

The Oklahoma City Blue have acquired the rights to K.J. McDaniels.

McDaniels is currently without an NBA contract, but should he decide to suit up for the G-League, he'll be playing for OKC's G-League affiliate. The former second-round pick probably regrets signing a one-year, non-guaranteed deal during his rookie year in Philly.
Source: News OK
Sep 17 - 3:48 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 30 points with 13 assists to help Germany clinch a spot in the 2019 World Cup on Sunday.

Schroder and teammate Maxi Kleber (Mavs) connected on a dramatic alley-oop to force OT -- you can watch the play via the link below. Both players look to be in fine form with NBA training camps on the horizon, and we'll be watching Schroder closely since his fantasy value hinges on his ability to play alongside Russell Westbrook.
Source: EuroHoops
Sep 16 - 7:47 PM

Dennis Schroder put up 30 points and 13 assists in Germany's 110-98 overtime win over Israel on Sunday.

Schroder also committed seven turnovers and went just 1-of-9 from beyond the arc, but he made an impressive alley-oop pass out of an inbound play with 0.4 seconds left to send it into overtime (link below) and the win guaranteed Team Germany a spot at the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Schroder could start in OKC while Andre Roberson recovers from knee surgery, but playing on the same team as Russell Westbrook isn't great for his fantasy outlook.
Sep 16 - 3:18 PM

Alex Abrines acknowledged he needs to improve defensively to earn more playing time.

Abrines' effective FG percentage increased last season, but he still saw his playing time decrease a bit. If he can improve on the defensive end of the floor, he could carve out more minutes in 2018-19. "(I’ll) especially keep improving on defense and then just develop my offensive game," Abrines said. "Not just being a shooter, trying to put the ball on the floor, playing some big roles and being able to create for my teammates."
Source: NBA.com
Sep 14 - 1:05 PM

Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Wednesday after feeling some stiffness in the last week.

He will be re-evaluated in four weeks, which means he could miss some of the preseason. He's had numerous issues with his right knee, including a meniscus tear and this is now his fourth surgery on his right knee -- had a left-knee PRP treatment last year, too. The Thunder called it a "proactive procedure" in a statement about the former MVP, but getting the surgery so close to the season is a concern. Considering his history, Westbrook's potential fantasy owners may want to bump him down a handful of spots. Dennis Schroder gains slightly more value while Paul George is locked in as a top-15 pick.
Sep 12 - 2:42 PM

Dennis Schroder scored 32 points and dished out 14 assists in Germany's loss to Turkey on Friday in the semifinal of the "VTB Supercup" held in Hamburg.

Schroder also knocked down four 3-pointers. The German PG saw his fantasy value take a massive hit this summer via the trade that sent him from Atlanta to OKC. He was a focal point of the Hawks offense, but will now come off the bench behind usage-rate monster Russell Westbrook.
Sep 8 - 11:10 AM

Abdel Nader (right wrist surgery) threw a ceremonial pitch right-handed at a recent Royals game.

The pitch was truly awful, and you can watch it via the video below, but it's a good sign that his wrist is healing on schedule -- he was given a 2-3 month timetable in mid-June. He'll become an unrestricted free agent if the Thunder don't guarantee his $1.4 million salary by Sept. 1.
Aug 30 - 6:14 PM

The Thunder have waived Kyle Singler.

OKC will save roughly $23.4 million by getting Singler's contract worth $5 million off the books, so this was an intensely easy decision for management. Singler has struggled to make much of an impact in the NBA, so it could be tough for him to find another contract.
Aug 30 - 11:57 AM

Kyle Singler will likely be waived by OKC via the stretch provision by August 31.

Singler is due roughly $5 million for the 2018-19 season, which is impossible to justify for a guy who wasn't even in the rotation last season. Additionally, the Thunder will save $23.4 million by getting his contract off the books, so this will be an easy decision for management.
Aug 27 - 5:54 PM

The Thunder have signed Donte Grantham to a contract for next season.

Grantham averaged 14.2 points (on 56 percent shooting), 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists as a senior at Clemson last season. However, he tore his ACL in January and went undrafted. No details of the contract have been announced but is likely just a training camp deal. Grantham is expected to end up in the G-League.
Source: USA Today
Aug 27 - 11:45 AM

Andre Roberson (left knee) said he hopes to be 100% by December.

"I'm not really putting a particular time on it, but I want to come back to myself somewhere in like December," said Roberson. "So, it'd be great if it happened before. Christmas, that'd be great. But like I said, not putting a time on it. Just taking it a day at a time." Roberson was originally hopeful to be ready for training camp, but it appears that timetable has been pushed back a bit. Dennis Schroder might start while Roberson gets back up to speed.
Source: OKC Fox
Aug 25 - 11:13 AM


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