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Washington Nationals Miami Marlins. Louis Cardinals Atlanta Braves. George had 'salty taste' when Lakers didn't trade for him Paul George wanted the Lakers to step up with a trade offer for Indiana before he was dealt to Oklahoma City, but now that he's Sports Aug 21, Thunder announces hire of Bob Beyer as assistant coach The Thunder officially announced the hire of former Detroit assistant Bob Beyer as an assistant coach on Monday.

Sports Aug 20, Thunder renews radio deal; Pinto to return Matt Pinto will return for his 11th season as the Thunder's radio play by play voice, part of a renewed deal between the team Oklahoma Baptist University BrandInsight. BrandInsight Aug 20, Westbrook, Diallo with eye-popping plays Video: Why the Thunder is intent on preserving pieces of its past The Thunder is only 10 years old, but the franchise already has a rich history. Sports Aug 18, Sports Aug 17, Life Jun 10, Rodney Hood, Nick Young among available free agents From old point guards to young point guards to sharpshooters, NBA free agency market retains some interesting names.

Westbrook wraps up Why Not? Asia tour Russell Westbrook has become the face of the Jordan Brand. Sports Aug 16, Russell Westbrook wraps up Why Not? Sports Aug 15, Life Aug 15, Sports 2 days ago. Sports Aug 14, Thunder catches a scheduling break A hidden element of NBA schedules is the seasonal rotation of conference opponents. Sports Aug 13, Thunder saddled with more Monday games The Thunder was accustomed to 24 home games played on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Sports Aug 12, Sports Aug 11, Thunder second-rounder Devon Hall signs with Australia's National Basketball League The Thunder roster is full, which means second-rounders have a choice to make. Sports Aug 10, Thunder regular-season schedule features 36 national TV games This season the Thunder is, once again, one of the top teams in nationally-televised games. Sports Aug 8, Sports Aug 7, News Aug 7, Take the over on Sports Aug 6, Russell and Nina Westbrook expecting a second child In a post on Instagram Sunday, Nina Westbrook, the wife of the Thunder point guard, posted a strong suggestion that the couple Sports Aug 5, Nina Westbrook hints at second child Is Russell Westbrook's family soon to be a party of four?

Sports Aug 4, Sports Aug 3, News May 10, Russell Westbrook has sixth annual Why Not? Dozier to sign two-way contract with Celtics PJ Dozier, who last played on a two-way contract with the Thunder and the Oklahoma City Blue, will sign a two-way deal with Sports Aug 2, Watch Thunder players on court together in Los Angeles Thunder players took part in pickup basketball together this week at UCLA, and there's video of the action.

Sports Aug 1, Sports Jul 31, Thunder announces preseason schedule The Thunder will play three of its four preseason games in Oklahoma, including two in OKC. George had '18 to 20 ounces' of fluid drained from shooting elbow In addition to an offseason knee procedure, Paul George had significant blood drained from a bursa sac in his right elbow, he Sports Jul 30, George becomes an all-time Oklahoma hero George's decision to stay when most thought he was leaving makes him an Oklahoma hero.

The summer that was: Sports Jul 29, Meet the man who shaped Steven Adams The man who molded Steven Adams is tired, but not from coaching teenagers on Las Vegas basketball courts. Hamidou Diallo signs Thunder contract Hamido Diallo has signed with the Thunder, giving Oklahoma City 15 players under contract for the upcoming season. Sports Jul 28, Sports Jul 27, Paul George says he 'fell in love' with Oklahoma The questions were inevitable.

Sports Jul 26, Life Jul 26, Thunder 'wasn't a good fit' In his first public comments since the Thunder agreed to trade him, Carmelo Anthony said his Oklahoma City tenure came down to Do we really know NBA stars?

Sports Jul 25, Diallo makes eight wings on the man Thunder roster Thunder depth chart shows commitment to development of wings. Anthony-for-Schroder swap official as three-team deal finalizes The Thunder officially announced last week's deal to send Carmelo Anthony out and bring Dennis Schroder in, with comments from Sports Jul 24, Sports Apr 25, Thunder collecting players from Iowa State Two members of the Cyclones' memorable team now are in the Thunder fold.

Sports Jul 23, Examining how Dennis Schroder will fit with the Thunder How is this going to work? Sports Jul 22, Is Dennis Schroder the next Thunder image rebuild?

Sports Jul 21, Sports Jul 20, Thunder trades Dakari Johnson in potential cost-saving move On Friday, the Thunder took another step that could create some savings, agreeing to trade center Dakari Johnson to the Orlando Getting to know the newest members of the Thunder Carmelo Anthony is out. Sports Jul 19, Thunder sends Anthony to Atlanta, acquires Hawks' Schroder There were only so many options for trading Carmelo Anthony, and the trade never was going to come easily.

Sports Jul 18, Sports Jul 15, Sports Jul 14, Where the Thunder stands with Carmelo Anthony and a potential trade August Sports Jul 13, Hamilton hopes year at point proves valuable in NBA quest Daniel Hamilton was a high school junior before anybody told him he should play point guard.

Sports Jul 12, Sports Jul 11, News Apr 24, Time to end NBA all-star voting by conference The game no longer is played between conferences, so why is the NBA all-star voting conducted by conference? Thunder announces signing of Raymond Felton The Thunder officially announced the signing of veteran point guard Raymond Felton on Thursday. Business Jul 12, Adam Silver says free agency won't start at midnight The NBA's free agency starts under dark of night; that soon will change, according to the NBA commissioner.

Did the Carmelo trade cost the Thunder? Sports Jul 10, Sports Jul 9, What does the Rockets' determination to get Carmelo Anthony say about the Thunder? When Carmelo Anthony becomes a free agent, Houston will be waiting. Is a Carmelo trade even possible? Sports Jul 8, Go inside the Russell Westbrook summer shindig Only people were invited to Russell Westbrook's summer party.

Sports Jul 7, Grant signs contract with Thunder The Thunder on Saturday made the signing of free-agent forward Jerami Grant official. Sports Jul 6, Thunder makes Noel signing official Nerlens Noel has signed a contract with the Thunder, the team announced on Friday.

Sports Apr 18, Sports Jul 5, For Ferguson, Paul George's decision makes for surprise party Buzz was spreading on social media, but Terrance Ferguson hadn't heard official word. Thunder didn't have great options at backup point guard The market was tight and so is the Thunder's money, so keeping Raymond Felton was an excellent option for OKC.

Why eye-popping, jaw-dropping salaries, luxury taxes are new normal for Thunder Everyone wants to know how the Thunder is going to pay for its super-sized payroll and its historic luxury tax bill. Sports 13 hours ago. Raymond Felton agrees to 1-year deal Raymond Felton has agreed to a one-year deal with the Thunder, The Oklahoman confirmed on Wednesday.

Sports Jul 4, Sports Jul 2, Thunder agrees to 1-year deal with Raymond Felton The Thunder is banking on continuity next season by bringing back one of its free agent successes from last summer. Sports Jul 3, Thunder needs internal fixes to survive loaded Western Conference As the Warriors added another All-Star piece to an already All-Star studded team, the feeling of inevitability grew across the Noel's numbers better than Adams' most of their careers Taken at the same age in the same draft, Noel and Adams have had divergent careers that now meet in OKC.

Cousins won't lift Warriors much Golden State already is so good, what difference does it make if Cousins becomes its fifth all-star. OKC adds Noel, so what's next? How free agency has already turned basketball to basket-brawl in the Western Conference After only a couple days of free agency, there are heavyweights ready to throw down in the Western Conference. Free agent Tyreke Evans, Thunder reportedly meet in L. Thunder agrees to two-year deal with free agent center Nerlens Noel The Thunder agreed to a two-year deal with free agent center Nerlens Noel, The Oklahoman confirmed on Monday.

Paul George trade is how deals should go Both the Thunder and the Pacers got exactly what they needed -- and that's how trades should operate.

George buys into Thunder culture George's commitment to at least three more seasons with Russell Westbrook is a testament to the environment Presti built. Free agency reports link Thunder to backup centers Is the Thunder in the mix for a backup center in free agency?

Sports Jul 1, Grant can continue OKC growth with three-year contract commitment The sense was that Jerami Grant would have some suitors on the open market. Thunder fans ecstatic about Paul George's return Tyler Conrady saw the news flash across his phone screen. Sports Apr 15, A monster start to free agency in OKC Paul George and Jerami Grant agreed to deals with the Thunder on the first night free agents could commit to teams, a huge win Sports Jun 30, George's contract length keeps Thunder elite For the second straight June 30, George and the Thunder make big news.

PG13 will decide Westbrook's reputation Does Westbrook accommodate or repel fellow superstars; George will decide. More bargain names to know for the Thunder in salary cap crunch Enes Kanter was bummed out, but at least he could joke about his potential free agency.

Sports Jun 29, NBA's Southeast Division led by teams that are capped out Southeast Division not a free-agent destination, since teams are either capped out or not in position to try to win. Sports Jun 28, Cleveland is maxed out, with or without LeBron In Central Division, Pacers have money to spend and a team to sell to potential players.

OKC artists create art to convince Paul George to re-sign with the Thunder Paul George is getting the hard push in Los Angeles, as wealthy power players have bought billboards across the city to Paul George declines player option to become a free agent The dream of teams getting Paul George is here.

Paul George informs Thunder he will become unrestricted free agent Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George has informed franchise officials that he will not be opting in for the final year of his Assessing the Thunder's luxury tax scenarios in NBA free agency Unless it wants to hit rock bottom and head back into the lottery, the Thunder faces some luxury tax trials.

Sports Jun 27, LeBron's home loyalty could push him to re-sign with Cavs LeBron James sprung to his feet and screamed along with thousands of delirious Cleveland fans. Sports Jun 26, Paul George 'excited' for free agency as ESPN series begins In the first installment of a three-part series about his offseason decision, Paul George talks about entering free agency and Rockets have cap space, but lots of key players to sign Houston is in better payroll cap shape than most NBA contenders.

Ballin' on a budget: Sports Jun 25, How the Thunder and salary-cap strapped NBA teams can find opt-out bargains Some free agents are still taking a risk of opting out and seeking long-term deals or comparable money. Sports Jun 23, In Northwest, only Utah has any salary wiggle room Thunder, Blazers, Timberwolves and Nuggets all well over the payroll cap. Sports Apr 13, Paul George is top priority, but other free-agent decisions await Thunder Carmelo Anthony never was much of a question.

Why the Thunder needs more than a good voice in its next TV announcer The Thunder recently announced that it would not renew the contract of TV play-by-play man Brian Davis. Sports Jun 24, Melo tells OKC he won't terminate contract Carmelo Anthony has been expected to remain in the final year of his contract, and a report on Saturday said he's informed the