June 26, 2020, 4:11 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
During a conference call that was heavily focused on coronavirus concerns, Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts continued to express an eagerness to resume play in the Orlando bubble.
While a handful of players have chosen to sit out the resumption of play, the parties involved largely displayed a united front today. The situation in Florida and the United States is worsening, but it appears that all parties have confidence that they've taken a high level of caution in planning out the Orlando campus. Chris Paul and Andre Iguodala were amongst the players joining the conference call, and expressing optimism that they can handle the challenges ahead. The league and the players have also made important progress on collaborative efforts regarding social justice issues. Silver admitted that an outbreak of of positive tests that could shut down the entire operation, but the league is prepared to handle an all-star player testing positive and continuing on while the player goes into quarantine.
Source: David Aldridge on Twitter
June 26, 2020, 1:03 pmDevon HallSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder plan to sign Devon Hall to a two-way contract.
Hall was originally on a two-way deal with the Thunder, and he'll re-up now that Lu Dort has signed a full NBA contract. Hall played in Australia last season and has appeared in five games with the Thunder this year.
Source: Erik Horne on Twitter
June 24, 2020, 3:02 pmLuguentz DortPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have signed Luguentz Dort to a multi-year contract.
It was a surprise when Dort went undrafted last summer but he was quickly scooped up on a two-way deal and has clearly made the most of it. OKC went 16-5 when Dort started, though fantasy GMs didn't have much to work with thanks to paltry averages of 6.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 threes per contest across 29 appearances overall.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 5, 2020, 3:26 pmDarius BazleyPF, Oklahoma City Thunder
Darius Bazley has recovered from a right knee bone bruise that he suffered in February.
We're going to say that he's healthy after he was spotted playing pickup games this past week. Bazley was set to be re-evaluated 4-6 weeks after sustaining the injury and is good to go. He's not a lock to receive minutes in the postseason but more depth options never hurt anybody.
Source: The Athletic
June 5, 2020, 3:25 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson (left knee) may be able to play in the NBA's eight-game regular season, per The Athletic's Erik Horne.
Roberson has been out since January of 2018 thanks to a ruptured patellar tendon and some subsequent setbacks, but he said back in April that he's past the rehab stage of his recovery. It would be tough to envision the Thunder granting Roberson a big role considering the severity of his injury and the length of his layoff, but there's a chance that the defensive stopper can make some impact for the team down the stretch. Either way, it will be great to see him back on the floor again.
Source: The Athletic
May 18, 2020, 2:17 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder have become the 17th team to open up their practice facility for voluntary workouts.
Oklahoma City was famously the site where the NBA season crashed to a halt. The Thunder will be testing asymptomatic personnel, unlike many other teams who have opened things back up. They've been given assurances that that won't affect the availability of tests for the public.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
May 12, 2020, 8:40 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
On Tuesday afternoon, NBA commissioner Adam Silver participated in a video conference call initiated by Players' Association President Chris Paul to discuss the league's next steps as far as a return to play, resulting in a 'united front' by the players to resume the current season.
Other NBA superstars including LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, and Giannis Antetokounmpo participated in the video call. From what we've gathered recently and what has been reported from the call, the players want to continue the season, which was put on an abrupt pause two months ago due to the COVID-19 outbreak across the globe. The rumblings from around the league aside from the active players, including Shaquille O'Neal, have indicated that it may be best to "scrap" the current season and start strong for the 2020-21 campaign. Silver, for his part, has not explicitly stated a desire to cancel the remainder of the season. He seems quite open to taking the players' input into account, and it seems as though the players resoundingly want to finish what they started. Fans are dearly missing sports after two months without them, and a return of any kind would be celebrated.
Source: Yahoo! Sports
May 8, 2020, 10:35 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN was able to acquire an audio recording of Adam Silver's call with the NBPA, which included him taking questions from NBPA president Chris Paul and executive director Michele Roberts, and Silver reinforced that the league's return will look much different than people are accustomed to.
As much as 40 percent of the NBA's revenue comes from game nights at arenas, and it's almost certain that fans will not be present whenever the league holds games again (whether it be the continuation of the current season or the beginning of the next one). Silver reiterated that no decision in that respect needs to be made yet and he feels comfortable biding his time and assessing the league's options into the beginning of June. There were also questions regarding the current CBA between the players and the league, as it predictably does not contain anything regarding a pandemic scenario. Also of note, Silver bluntly stated that the NBA would not be "taking tests from needy people" for players and/or personnel. It sounds like Silver is still weighing all of his options. His final statement to the players on the call was simple. "Until there's a vaccine, or some cocktail preventing people from dying from the virus, we are going to be dealing with this collectively," Silver said. "The ultimate issue is how much risk we're all comfortable taking."
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski for ESPN
April 19, 2020, 3:06 pmAndre RobersonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Andre Roberson (left knee) said that he's past the rehab stage of his recovery.
It's been a long road for Roberson since he ruptured his left patellar tendon on January 27, 2017, but after a few setbacks it looks like he might finally be ready to return. In a recent podcast with Nate Tomlinson, Roberson said, "I’m almost to the point where — I should be playing, honestly. But I’m still taking it a day at a time until I get back into our medical staff’s hands and get reevaluated." Roberson will be a free agent this summer.
March 18, 2020, 8:24 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
All Thunder players and staff were tested for the COVID-19 virus and the results of the test came back negative.
Finally, a bit of good news here. The testing was done after some consultation with health officials, based on the team's exposure to the Utah Jazz on March 11. Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz tested positive for the coronavirus. The Thunder used a private laboratory to not put undue stress on Oklahoma City's medical system.
March 11, 2020, 6:22 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
As expected, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip contusion) will be available to play against the Jazz on Wednesday after practicing on Tuesday.
SGA missed the first game of his career on Sunday after playing in the first 151 games (including playoffs). He should be ready to finish the season strong as the Thunder try to earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. In terms of total value, SGA is on track to finish with 3rd/2nd-round value across 8/9-cat leagues while he falls two rounds when looking at his statistics from a per-game perspective.
Source: Maddie Lee on Twitter
March 10, 2020, 1:53 pmShai Gilgeous-AlexanderSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip contusion) returned to practice on Tuesday and is expected to play in Wednesday’s game against the Jazz.
Gilgeous-Alexander missed his first game on Sunday but it looks like that should be it. The Thunder are climbing in the Western Conference standings and have incentive to get their budding star guard out there. Make sure to check back on SGA’s status on Wednesday and fire him up as usual.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 8, 2020, 9:26 pmDennis SchroderPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Dennis Schroder put up 27 points on 10-of-21 shooting in a win over the Celtics on Sunday.
Schroder sealed the game with a steal and layup with just eight seconds remaining in regulation. He added six dimes and two steals to the stat sheet. He stepped up with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander out and led the Thunder to victory. Schroder has been a consistent late-round value with scoring, shooting and assists as his primary skills.
March 8, 2020, 9:21 pmChris PaulPG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Chris Paul went off in a 105-104 win over the Celtics on Sunday with 28 points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Paul shot 9-of-19 from the field and knocked down 10 free throws in 37 minutes of action. Paul remains a top-15 option and his value is boosted even higher in games like this one when Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is out. Danilo Gallinari put up 18 points and six boards on 6-of-17 shooting. Gallinari is a lock for top-50 value for the rest of the season.
March 8, 2020, 9:15 pmTerrance FergusonSG, Oklahoma City Thunder
Terrance Ferguson started for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on Sunday and put up four points with one steal in 20 minutes of action.
Ferguson shot 2-of-3 from the field with two boards. He does not hold much fantasy appeal as his role is limited when the team is fully healthy.