September 20, 2018, 12:43 pmAndre Roberson - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Sam Presti said that Andre Roberson will go through parts of training camp, but that he'll be doing mostly non-contact work.
Roberson admitted recently that he probably wouldn't be back to 100 percent until December so the fact that he can't do contact work with the season less than a month away is casting serious doubt on his availability to open the year. The defensive stopper offers deep league appeal for his steals and blocks output but he won't need to be drafted in many fantasy leagues at this rate.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
September 18, 2018, 6:25 pmAndre Roberson - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
While Andre Roberson will be with the Thunder for training camp, he has yet to be cleared for 5-on-5 or contact work.
Roberson said previously that he probably won't be 100 percent until December. He's too important for OKC to rush here, as his defense is integral to their success even if his offensive game is putrid. We'll see if he's ready for the start of the regular season, but either way we wouldn't expect to see Roberson lose the training wheels for the first couple months.
September 12, 2018, 2:55 pmRussell Westbrook - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder announced that Russell Westbrook underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after experiencing some stiffness and that he'll be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Dubbed a "proactive" procedure, Westbrook and the team decided to deal with the stiffness now rather than risk it lingering into the regular season after the issue popped up in individual workouts. He's probably going to miss the preseason but should be good to go by opening night if his re-evaluation goes well, though OKC won't rush him back. Westbrook has had three knee surgeries before, though the last came four and a half years ago. This shouldn't hurt him too much from a fantasy perspective, but you can bump him a few spots if you'd like.
September 12, 2018, 8:53 amCorey Brewer - G/F - Oklahoma City Thunder
Daryl Morey took to Instagram on Monday to post a picture of him and Corey Brewer together.
It’s very possible that the Rockets could be looking to “Brew” things up and bring back the veteran forward. He is a great locker room guy and a great teammate but he would have a hard time finding minutes with the Rockets. The athletic swingman played with the Thunder last season after his contract buyout with Lakers, effectively replacing Andre Roberson. He became a starter for the team towards the end of the season averaging 10.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game on 44.4 percent from the field.
Source: Bleacher Report
September 10, 2018, 10:40 amDakari Johnson - C - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dakari Johnson is expected to sign a deal overseas in China with the Qingdao Eagles.
Johnson appeared in 31 games for the Thunder last season, but only averaged 5.2 minutes per game. Johnson was traded to the Magic during the offseason and was subsequently waived.
September 8, 2018, 7:46 amDennis Schroder - G - Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder posted 32 points, 14 assists and four triples in Germany's loss to Turkey in the "VTB Supercup" semifinals on Friday.
Germany got routed in this one 100-71 as Schroder didn't have much help. Dallas forward Maxi Kleber chipped in 15 points in 28 minutes. The four triples were nice for Schroder as he made only 1.1 per game last year. After a career-high 19.4 points per game last year, his stock plummeted after being traded to the Thunder. He should still be drafted in most leagues in a projected 25 minute per game role backing up Andre Roberson and Russell Westbrook.
April 26, 2018, 12:34 amAlex Abrines - SG - Oklahoma City Thunder
Alex Abrines only scored three points in the Thunder's Game 5 victory on Wednesday night but finished a team-high plus-18 against the Jazz.
Nobody outside of Westbrook and George played particularly well but Abrines helped open up the floor on Wednesday night during the Thunder's huge season-saving comeback. The threat of Abrines' 3-point shooting put the Jazz on their heels while Westbrook and George attacked. Expect to see much more of Abrines in Game 6 and a potential Game 7.
April 26, 2018, 12:21 amPaul George - SF - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George scored 34 points and added eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in the Thunder’s 107-99 win over the Jazz on Wednesday night.
Russ put on a performance for the ages in the second half but OKC still doesn’t get the job done without the appearance of Playoff P. The Thunder may be trailing 3-2 but George has taken his share of the scoring load throughout the series, failing to reach 20 points only once. His defense was improved in the second half, helping to shut the Jazz down while the Thunder finished the game by outscoring Utah 61-28 over the final 20 minutes.
April 26, 2018, 12:09 amRussell Westbrook - PG - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook took over on Wednesday night with 45 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers in the Thunder's huge 107-99 victory over the Jazz.
No matter how you feel about Westbrook, this performance was so impressive. The Thunder appeared to be toast at halftime, down 15. Utah's lead climbed all the way to 25 with under nine minutes left in the 3rd quarter. Westbrook proceeded to put the team and the city on his back, scoring 33 of his 45 points in the final 20 minutes of the game. Absolutely electric performance from the MVP but he'll need two more of those to put the Jazz away for good.
April 25, 2018, 8:27 amRussell Westbrook - PG - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook has been fined $10K and assessed a post-game technical for his incident with Rudy Gobert on Monday but he won’t be suspended for Game 5.
The NBA apparently accepted that Westbrook came into the court as a substitution following a stoppage in play due to a foul called. This creates a somehow interesting precedent as the league has exercised a zero-tolerance policy regarding players leaving their bench in recent years. Westbrook has the single worst plus/minus of any player this postseason (-45) and the Thunder offense has struggled so far but he should be looking to give many answers tonight as the series moves back to Oklahoma City.
Source: Blake Murphy on Twitter
April 24, 2018, 12:53 pmRussell Westbrook - PG - Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook left the check in area to come to the defense of Raymond Felton after he fouled Rudy Gobert in Game 4 on Monday.
The NBA has a strict policy regarding players leaving the bench during altercations on the court. Westrbook was not on the bench, but was still on the sideline waiting to check into the game. Steven Adams was also in the check in area, but did not enter onto the court when the altercation between Felton and Gobert occurred. It's a minor gray area since he wasn't on the bench exactly, but technically he wasn't in the game and could be facing a one-game suspension for Wednesday's elimination game.
April 24, 2018, 1:32 amPaul George - SF - Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul George led the Thunder in scoring on Monday with 32 points on 9-of-21 shooting with two 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists and two steals.
George tried his best to carry the weight offensively, but the Thunder's big three came up short again tonight. He logged 40 minutes and has arguably been the best player for the team this series but the Jazz are containing the rest of the team well. He went a perfect 12-for-12 at the line and even with this performanced the team lost by 17 points which isn't great news heading into Wednesday's Game 5.