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  1. Russell Westbrook says Thunder don’t need to fill James Harden’s slot

    Sep 28, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, James Harden

    At the time the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets, the thinking in OKC was that if they were never going to come to terms on a contract extension, then the team might as well get something in return for its most dynamic scorer off the bench. History, however, will not be kind to…

  2. GM Presti thinks Thunder can improve on 60-win season

    Sep 26, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    James Harden left before last season starter, yet the Thunder improved — they scored 2.6 points more per 100 possessions and allowed 0.8 less per 100. They were a 60-win team, a better team than the year before, their playoffs just cut short by Russell Westbrook’s injury. This year Kevin Martin is gone and the…

  3. PBT Roundtable: Who gets the last couple playoff spots in the West?

    Sep 19, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Wayne Ellington, Ricky Rubio

    Welcome to PBT’s regular roundtable on issues around the NBA, where our writers weigh in on the topic of the day. Today: The conventional wisdom is in the West the Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Warriors, Grizzlies and Rockets are playoff locks (barring catastrophe). If true, who gets those final two slots? Kurt Helin: I think Minnesota,…

  4. Durant confirms Westbrook expected back to start season

    Sep 9, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    When last we saw Russell Westbrook on an NBA court, it was in a game where a collision left him with a torn meniscus and needing knee surgery. This week, we’ve seen him at Fashion Week in New York, because where else can you get the shirts he wears? But when will we seen back…

  5. Durant on playing in OKC: “I don’t have any plans to move”

    Sep 6, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    When Kevin Durant switched agents to Jay Z’s Roc Nation, there were some fans trying to suggest this was KD’s first step out of the NBA’s second smallest market, Oklahoma City. Durant told OKC fans to chill. Now he has said again he has no plans to leave. He is on a tour of Europe…

  6. Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for…

  7. Flip Saunders talks D-League (he loves it) and roster building

    Aug 20, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Flip Saunders came into the Wolves and team president, decision maker and with a piece of ownership having the goal of making this team a winner. And improving the front office’s relationship with Kevin Love so he doesn’t bolt in a couple years, but frankly a big part of that ties back to winning. Saunders…

  8. David Kahn thought Flynn and Rubio were the next Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe

    Aug 16, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    Ahh, the NBA Draft of 2009. That’s the year the Timberwolves were going to put all these great pieces around Kevin Love — Minnesota had three picks in the top 18. They selected three point guards — Ricky Rubio at No. 5, Jonny Flynn at No. 6 and eventually Ty Lawson at No. 18 (who…

  9. Saunders says Minnesota’s deal for Pekovic doesn’t impact Rubio, Love

    Aug 15, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It took a while to figure it out, but the Timberwolves had re-sign Nikola Pekovic — the big man provides the traditional post presence at both ends of the court the team needs to allow Kevin Love to do his thing. But the new five-year, $60 million deal leads to this question: Can the smaller…

  10. Kevin Durant and James Harden miss playing together (VIDEO)

    Aug 14, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kevin Durant and James Harden sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose (now the guys from ABC’s NBA pregame show although both had plenty of success before that) and talked about what it felt like when everyone’s favorite young team was broken up last season in OKC. Basically, they both miss playing together —…

  11. Kendrick Perkins working to have some semblance of an offensive game

    Aug 12, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    Last season, other teams largely would ignore Kendrick Perkins on the offensive end. The Thunder would try to get him going pretty much every night, throwing the ball to him in the post on the first couple trips down the court, getting him some touches before letting Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take over. How…

  12. Kevin Durant says ‘it’s not about what other teams are doing’ when discussing Thunder’s quiet offseason

    Aug 11, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    A few weeks ago in Las Vegas, after Kevin Durant announced his commitment to play in the World Championships next summer for USA Basketball, he took questions from reporters as is customary in these situations. Durant is always polite and professional to deal with, but as soon as a question was asked about the Thunder’s…

  13. Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

    Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    GOMES_RYAN

    Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions. The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them. While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing…

  14. NBA post free agency Power Rankings: Who is closing in on Miami?

    Jul 29, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    This summer saw Dwight Howard find a new home, the Clippers and Pacers add depth, and a few other teams making bold moves to get better (or, in some cases, worse intentionally). So how did all this impact the PBT Power Rankings? Glad you asked. Here is where things stand this summer (the number in…

  15. Kevin Martin won’t play without a superstar anymore

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    In nine NBA seasons, Kevin Martin has six times led a team in scoring – the Rockets thrice and Kings thrice. Martin, a dependable outside shooter with an ability to get to the free-throw line, has even scored up to 24.6 points per game. Last season, as the Thunder’s sixth man, Martin had to settle…

  16. Kevin Martin says he considered returning to the Thunder for less money

    Jul 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    Kevin Martin registered his lowest points per game average in nine seasons last year with the Thunder, though his role there was a bit different than it had been with other teams in seasons past. Martin was tasked with a sixth man role in Oklahoma City, after playing starter’s minutes essentially his entire career before…

  17. Report: Mike Miller tells friends he’ll likely sign with Thunder

    Jul 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Mike Miller

    Mike Miller, who just cleared waivers after being amnestied by the Heat, becoming an unrestricted free agent, will have no shortage of contending suitors. Smart front offices – the type of front offices that can build a winning team that would entice Miller – recognize his value as a 3-point shooter, both because long-distance field…

  18. NBA to pay a portion of Kevin Durant’s max contract

    Jul 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    BASKET-TPE-US-NBA

    NBA teams were operating under uncertainty entering the 2010-11 season. The Collective Bargaining Agreement was scheduled to expire the next summer, and there was no telling what terms the new deal would include. Teams might have to drastically shed salary to get under a hard cap. Trade exceptions could expire during a lockout. Existing contracts…

  19. Report: Timberwolves near four-year, $50 million deal with Nikola Pekovic

    Jul 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Nikola Pekovic, Brandon Bass

    Nikola Pekovic is the kind of old-school big man who is a perfect fit next to Kevin Love in Minnesota. Pekovic can score efficiently in the post (he scored 16.3 points a game on 52 percent shooting last year), is good on the pick and roll, grabs rebounds and on defense is a big body…

  20. Report: Minnesota nearing deal with swingman Corey Brewer

    Jul 10, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Corey Brewer

    Minnesota is going to have one interesting team next season — a healthy Ricky Rubio at the point, Kevin Martin to space the floor on the wing, a healthy Kevin Love scoring points, Chase Budinger running on the break. There is a lot to like (especially if/when the re-sign Nikola Pekovic). And they may have…

  21. Bucks may be the team that makes a big offer to J.R. Smith

    Jul 3, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    There have been a few teams reportedly interested in pursuing the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in J.R. Smith, but any offer to pry him away from the Knicks would have to come at a fairly high price. New York can only offer Smith a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $25 million under…

  22. Report: Timberwolves to sign Kevin Martin to four-year, $28 million deal

    Jul 2, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Kevin MArtin

    The Timberwolves shot 30.5 percent on 3-pointers last season, dead last in the league. The difference between Minnesota and the 29th-place Magic was great than the difference between the third-best 3-point shooting team and the 21st-best 3-point shooting team. Not only did the Timberwolves need someone capable of making shots from beyond the arc, they…

  23. Timberwolves targeting J.J. Redick, want to keep Budinger

    Jul 2, 2013, 9:16 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    The Minnesota Timberwolves have the flashy Ricky Rubio running the point. They have the versatile Kevin Love in the paint. Both should actually be healthy at the same time next season (*knocks on wood*). What they could really use a two guard to space the floor as a shooter to go with that — Minnesota…

  24. Report: Thunder aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright

    Jul 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

    Dorell Wright, Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis

    Signing James Harden to a long-term extension proved too costly to the Thunder, so they traded him for Kevin Martin. Now Martin is a free agent, and he might be too expensive, too. So, once again, Oklahoma City is ready to downgrade. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of…

  25. One dozen NBA free agents to watch (not named Howard or Paul)

    Jul 1, 2013, 3:51 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Chris Paul is going to stay a Clipper. Dwight Howard is going to do whatever it is Dwight Howard is going to do. But those two are not the only guys who became free agents at the stroke of midnight and we ventured into Monday. Here are a dozen other newly minted free agents worth…

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