With Nike set to take over as the NBA’s official uniform provider, there have been grumblings of a potential upgrade to Oklahoma City’s basic set of threads. With its official announcement today, the Swoosh Keep reading »
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced two of its most recent additions this morning, welcoming Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton to the organization. The men were flanked by GM Sam Presti and head coach Billy Keep reading »
The Thunder unveiled two of the four 2017-18 uniform options: “With an eye toward tradition entering into its 10th season, the Oklahoma City Thunder today shared the designs for two of its new uniforms for the 2017-18 season, as part of the partnership between the NBA and Nike. The Association and Icon editions feature a consistent look with the team’s previous home and road uniforms, but are built on innovation and technological research that have keyed into the needs of the athlete.”
Brett Dawson on why the new uniforms look like the old version: “They’ve been our traditional uniforms since day one, since 2008,” said Dan Mahoney, the Thunder’s vice president for broadcasting and corporate communications. “Heading into our 10th season, we would see no reason to have a massive overhaul of our look.”
Erik Horne explains why OKC won’t be wearing Supersonics throwbacks: “I believe Nike is doing that Classic throwback for other teams, but we’re not one of them,” the Thunder spokesperson said. Since moving from Seattle to Oklahoma City in 2008, the Thunder has never worn throwback jerseys of any kind. Even if the Thunder had the Classic-style uniform option, it’s unlikely it would use the opportunity to sport Sonics colors. The Thunder has generally distanced itself from Sonics history and has worked to create its own identity since arriving in Oklahoma City.”
Russell Westbrook has organized workouts in LA for his teammates: “The majority of the Oklahoma City Thunder roster plans to gather this week in Santa Monica, California, for workouts organized by NBA MVP Russell Westbrook. Absent from the workout will be Paul George, who has been in Spain on a vacation that was planned before his trade to the Thunder. ESPN earlier reported that George would be back in time to participate. Nick Collison (on a family vacation) and Alex Abrines (at home in Spain) won’t be there and it’s unclear if rookie Terrance Ferguson will participate, as he has yet to sign his rookie contract.”
Brett Dawson lists the Thunder players that can’t be traded this summer: “A report from The Ringer’s Bill Simmons on Monday said that the Thunder and Carmelo Anthony were “circling each other,” and that sparked a fresh round of fan-made trade proposals for ways to bring Anthony to Oklahoma City. What some armchair general managers seemed not to understand, though, is that not every player on the Thunder roster is eligible to be traded. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement puts some limitations on the movement of newly signed players.”
Nick Gallo sat down for a one-on-one with Nick Collison: “It would have been a different scenario if I was 26 instead of 36. I was open to listen, but this is where I wanted to end up. I wanted it to work out for (the Thunder) and for me and it did. I’m really happy about it. A lot of things happened with the team over the summer that I’m excited about, the group coming back and some of the new guys. I think it’s going to be a fun year.”
July 4th, 2017, may seem like a forgettable date in Thunder history, but it could turn out to be one of the brightest. No, it was not because Oklahoma City signed a marquee free agent — quite the contrary. It’s memorable because the Thunder signed Patrick Patterson and finally began moving into the modern era of basketball.
Bill Simmons says OKC & Carmelo Anthony are “circling each other”: “New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is still on the trading block and with rumors linking him to the Cleveland Cavaliers and possibly the Houston Rockets, a new suitor has emerged. According to The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, the Oklahoma City Thunder could be interested in the nine-time All-Star.”
Paolo Ugetti (The Ringer) asks if Melo would even work in OKC: “If the stars can put their egos aside, the Thunder would be able to trot out a lethal first unit. With George as a secondary offensive option behind Russ, and Melo as a third option, OKC would have a nearly unguardable number of offensive options. If Melo becomes a spot-up shooter waiting for Russ to drive and kick or for George to pass out of a double-team, he’s going to get a lot of open shots. And it seems likely that Melo will make them, just like he has on loaded Olympic teams.”
Erik Horne looks at the on-court fit of Melo and the Thunder: “But Anthony would add another elite scorer to a Thunder offense which struggled for individual shot creation outside of Westbrook last season. He could also play power forward alongside Steven Adams and Paul George in the Thunder’s frontcourt, as he played 83 percent of his minutes at power forward last season, per basketball-reference.com.”
Fred Katz on Ronnie Price’s dead money: “The Oklahoma City Thunder will pay Ronnie Price $2.4 million in 2017-18 not to play for them. The move that got them here isn’t most damaging one general manager Sam Presti ever made, but it’s certainly one of the most inexplicable.”
Nick Collison isn’t sold on retirement after the 2017-18 season: “I don’t know for sure. I know I’m a lot closer to the end than the beginning. It’s hard to ever close a door. You just never know for sure.”
Erik Horne on how Paul George has already changed the Thunder: “Before George even plays a game, his acquisition is being viewed as a win, an addition that changes the Thunder just by having him on the roster. Here’s how.”
Russell Westbrook has been enjoying vacation in Cabo: “Russell Westbrook’s offseason has been busy with award shows from winning the MVP award to being named Best Male Athlete at the ESPYS. But on Friday he got some time to relax. He posted videos on social media of himself singing and dancing on a boat in Cabo San Lucas.”
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The Thunder officially signed Dakari Johnson today. It probably doesn’t mean much, other than the Thunder have a 15th guy, but here he is tearing up the D/G-League.