The Oklahoma City Thunder are targeting guard Dennis Schroder and forward Mike Muscala in trade discussions that would send forward Carmelo Anthony to the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report Wednesday. Per Sirius XM NBA's Mitch Lawrence, the Hawks would buy out Anthony's contract if they acquired him, making him a free agent.
It was only a matter of time before the Kawhi Leonard drama aggressively forced itself back into the headlines. The NBA rumor mill had a nice reprieve from the drama, instead turning to more mild things like Carmelo Anthony's quest to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder. It even popped up some unexpected developments like Jabari Parker fleeing the Milwaukee Bucks for Chicago Bulls. But it's back to the Leonard situation everyone goes now. Until now, the San Antonio Spurs had been sitting on their hands while trying to find the best possible deal. But the story was mild at best—Leonard was simply destined to join the Los Angeles Lakers. Except new rumors suggest something quite a bit different.
Post 30 years old so can be a brutal period for NBA stars that entered the league as teenagers. Carmelo Anthony's banana boat brother LeBron James exempted himself from any sign of decline with an MVP-caliber season in 2018. You couldn't say the same for Anthony, the Syracuse Orange hero some 15 years ago. While he held steadfast to the notion he's still operating at his peak form of 2012-13 while scoring 28.7 points per game with the Knicks, his body and shot results screamed in refutation of the notion as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder last year. He logged his worst season as a pro, scoring 16.2 points per game on 40-percent shooting. Entrenched in an isolation mindset while the league
The San Antonio Spurs went through with the move to trade All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday morning that involved All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan being sent back in return. Paul George, of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has thoughts about this. This has generated much reaction around the league regarding the deal that has changed the course of both franchises with each acquiring a superstar that can change the dynamics of their respective teams. The trade also saw Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Paul George voice his displeasure with the move. Although there is no clarity as to why Paul George dislikes the trade, it may stem from the fact that the Raptors had
Here are 10 things you might not know about the point guard J.J. Barea. 10. His mother isn't fooled by what the NBA says about his height Barea is officially listed at 6 feet tall but in an interview with WFAA, his mom says he is only 5' 10 ¾". 9. His size can lead to some creative attempts It can get tough for a guy that's more than a foot shorter than people he's competing against. This can lead to some interesting tactics, such as the time Barea tried (and almost succeeded) to dribble through the legs of 7'3" Hasheem Thabeet. 8. He admired a fellow short NBA player when growing up In an interview ESPN.com, Barea said he "loved Allen Iverson" growing up and even had an Iverson jersey when he
Before the game in Los Angeles last season when then-rookie Terrance Ferguson erupted for a career-high 24 points, Thunder assistant coach Darko Rajakovic told the bouncy guard that he'd have a big night. The day after the Thunder fell to the Utah Jazz in the playoffs, Ferguson predicted that Rajakovic was sitting down and diligently putting together a game plan for his own offseason development program. Before the tournament in Las Vegas even started, Ferguson and Rajakovic discussed the approach to the week. The goal for Ferguson was clear - to not have a single worry about the stat sheet, but rather keep an emphasis on learning and implementing everything the Thunder staff threw at him.
While populating the Nuggets' bench early in the 2015-16 season, Will Barton concocted a nickname for him and new teammate Nikola Jokic. “He called us Kobe and Shaq,” Jokic recalled with a smile. At the time, that was Barton living up to his own “Thrill” persona. But less than three years later, the versatile playmaker from Baltimore and the 7-footer from Serbia reminisced about watching each other blossom into key pieces of a young Denver team knocking on the door of its return to the NBA playoffs. The personal reward for Jokic and Barton? Big paydays in the form of long-term contracts. But those deals also signaled the Nuggets' overall commitment to continuity and natural growth, which they
When the Oklahoma City Thunder acquired All-Star forward Paul George from the Indiana Pacers last summer, it was believed that he was destined to join the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the move to retain George on a lucrative deal exemplified to him that the team wasn't completely certain that James Harden could be a long-term fit with the franchise in their lackluster attempt to retain years ago. It was a porous move by the Thunder at the time that may have shifted a potential powerhouse in the league with their three emerging stars in Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant. Instead, the team decided to not budge on offering him the max extension that led to him being dealt to the Houston Rockets where he has flourished into one of the NBA's best players and scorers that is coming off earning his NBA MVP award.
Although many of the big questions surrounding NBA free agency have been answered, another has recently emerged. After Carmelo Anthony opted in to the final year of his contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the two sides have mutually agreed to part ways at some point this summer. It is not yet known when this will happen, or whether Anthony will be traded or simply bought out, but one thing is clear: Anthony won't be playing for the Thunder next season. As he looks to find his third team in three seasons, Anthony already has multiple suitors. The Lakers -- who boast Anthony's good friend LeBron James -- are reportedly interested. So, too, are the Houston Rockets -- where Anthony's other close
With the second week of free agency coming to a close, most of the big names are off the board. Kawhi Leonard's future remains uncertain with the star reportedly wanting out of San Antonio. His destination along with the possible Carmelo Anthony trade remain the biggest stories of free agency. News broke Friday that Jabari Parker could be headed home to Chicago in a deal with the Bulls. LeBron James has signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Chris Paul, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins have also agreed to deals with other respective teams. Friday was the deadline for teams to withdraw qualifying offers to restricted free agents. Here are the latest news and rumors from around
Roberson (knee) is hoping to be ready for the start of training camp, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman reports. Roberson had season-ending knee surgery performed in January to repair a ruptured left patellar tendon and then also had an arthroscopic scope in May to lessen some swelling in his knee. It's been roughly one and a half months since that scope and it appears everything is going as expected in Roberson's rehab. The 26-year-old was able to put up some "slight jump shots" recently and also did some ball handling drills. Roberson hoped to start running on an AlterG anti-gravity treadmill earlier this week, though it's unclear if that ultimately took place. While the Thunder have remained clear
Thunder re-sign G Raymond Felton OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma City Thunder have re-signed guard Raymond Felton. The Thunder made the announcement Thursday without details on the deal. Felton appeared in all 82 games last season and averaged 6.9 points, 2.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds as Russell Westbrook's backup. Felton has appeared in 938 career games, with averages of 11.4 points, 5.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds. The 13-year NBA veteran ranks eighth among all active players with 5,044 assists. Felton was selected fifth overall by Charlotte in the 2005 NBA Draft and was later named to the All-Rookie Second Team. In college, he helped North Carolina win the 2005 national championship and was selected