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Thunder sign Daniel Hamilton to two-way contract

While the big name contracts are done with, except for one, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced they’ve signed Daniel Hamilton, to a two-way deal on Aug. 3.

Hamilton, 21, played last season with the Oklahoma City Blue after being drafted No. 56 by Oklahoma City in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Starting in the 2017-18 season, each team is allowed two players on two-way contracts, in addition to the standard 15 players on the roster. Players on two-way contracts spend most of the season in the G-League, but can be called up to their NBA team for a maximum of 45 days.

With the Blue, Hamilton started 47 of 49 games, averaged 14.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. His rebounding led all rookie guards in the G-League.

Hamilton’s major showing was in the 2017 G-League Playoffs. His triple-double against the Santa Cruz Warriors helped the Blue to the G-League Western Conference Finals. It was only the team’s fifth triple-double in history.

 

“Daniel has shown significant strides in his development since entering our program,” said Presti. “We are thrilled that he will receive the first two-way contract in Thunder history as we expect him to spend time with both teams this season as he continues to evolve as a player.”

Hamilton competed with the Thunder in the 2017 Mountain Dew Orlando Pro Summer League, where he started four games and averaged 11.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and an Orlando Summer League-high 6.8 assists per game.

In his time at Connecticut, he was named American Athletic Conference (AAC) Rookie of the Year, an AAC All-Conference Second Team selection and the Most Outstanding Player of the 2016 AAC Championship.

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Thunder release 2017 preseason schedule

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced their 2017 preseason schedule on Aug. 4. There will be only four preseason games this season, the lowest since the lockout shortened season of 2011-12.

The Thunder will play only two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena, one in Tulsa at the BOK Center and will play the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center.

The first game will be in Tulsa against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 3. They’ll be back in Oklahoma City on Oct. 6 to take on the New Orleans Pelicans.

On Oct. 8, the Thunder will welcome in Austrailia’s NBL team, Melbourne United at the Peake. This will be the third time in franchise history Oklahoma City will host a preseason game vs. an international opponent.

Oklahoma City concludes their preseason schedule with a trip to the Mile High City to play the Nuggets on Oct. 10.

So, that’s four games in a week and the NBA schedule is set to tip-off on Oct. 17.

All games will be on the WWLS the Sports Animal (98.1 in OKC and 97.1 in Tulsa). The Thunder will broadcast only the Denver game on FS Oklahoma, leaving the other three available on the Thunder app or online at okcthunder.com.

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Thunder reportedly sign Bryce Alford

On a slow Sunday evening, a weird bit of information came through on Instagram. Former UCLA guard, Bryce Alford has been signed to the Oklahoma City Thunder… according to him. Travis Singleton of SneakerReporter.com first reported this information that had seemingly slipped through the real cracks.

It’s unknown if this is a fact but very well could be. I doubt a player would go public with this information if it was not in fact true. Alford, 22, averaged 15.5 points per game as a senior at UCLA. He also made 43 percent from beyond three-point range (116-270).

Alford did play in the Summer league for the Golden State Warriors, where he averaged 9.3 points in 19 minutes per game. Alford made only 21.7 percent (5-of-23) from three in those six games for the Warriors.

Because of his inexperience and being only a rookie, Alford could be a big candidate for the Oklahoma City Blue. The Thunder are currently at 16 contracts, 15 guaranteed. Alford could be the Thunder’s first two-way deal. However, this is most likely a training camp invite. The Thunder often have 18-19 players at camp. They don’t make the roster and are sent across the street to the Blue.

We’ll wait to see what the Thunder officially says before we decided what type of agreement this is.

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Thunder offically sign Terrance Ferguson

It’s been about a month in the making but the Oklahoma City Thunder signed Terrance Ferguson to a four year rookie contract on Thursday night.

While the Thunder do not disclose their terms, it’s pretty understood it is the rookie scale and most likely the 120 percent mark up. Not many sign below or even at the 100 percent. Josh Huestis and Andre Roberson are the only two known to do that with Oklahoma City.

It’s now understood Ferguson received clearance on July 14, almost two weeks ago, but has been negotiating with Oklahoma City. His agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports is known for holding out for rookies and securing the 120 percent.

If that assumption is true, Ferguson will make approximately $8.5 million over four years.

Born in Tulsa, Okla., Ferguson decided to forego the college lifestyle and head down under and played for the Adelaide 36ers this season in the Australian Basketball League. His statistics are not going to wow you but he shows real upside for someone who’s only 19 years old.

He averaged only 4.6 points in 15 game minutes for the 36ers and only 31.3 percent from beyond the three-point line. However, he showed flashes of what made him so special coming out of high school.

Ranked No. 11 in the 2017 ESPN Top 150 out of Advanced Preparatory International. The NCAA ruled API’s courses weren’t qualified and those who attended would not meet the certificates by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The NCAA had suspicion API was not a prep academy, nor an advanced school. It was considered to be a basketball factory. Ferguson, who originally committed to Arizona, spent last season in Australia due to the issue.

Ferguson went down under but he’s come back stateside. He says he’s coming home and excited to play for the Thunder.

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Thunder release home and away jerseys

While many hoped for an entire rebrand under Nike, the Oklahoma City Thunder did what everyone should have expected and they played it safe. Oklahoma City’s new home (association) and away (icon) jerseys are almost idential than before. The jerseys have a Nike swoosh on the right shoulder, leaving the left open for a potential advertisor. That’ll never happen any time soon.

Oklahoma City also added the “OKC” on the belt and that’s essentially all that changed within the uniforms. We talked about 2k18 leaking the home uniform the other day and the leak was pretty accurate.

Oklahoma City will get two more uniforms, as we’ve talked about before. Those will be release within the season. One is expected to be a futuristic looking font on a blue uniform.

While a rebrand is not out of the question, the Thunder are aware of the average public perception of their logo and uniforms. There has been talk of rebranding but don’t expect it to happen any within the next season or two. This change of adding a smiple “OKC” to the belt, is almost the epitome of the organization.

I, for one, like our icon and association unis. They’re clean. They’re synonymous with winning. Russell Westbrook wears it and that man knows fashion. Do you think he’d put on an ugly uniform? I didn’t think so.

 

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Oklahoma City Thunder sign Yannis Morin

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Yannis Morin to a one-year deal according to BeBasket.

Morin, 23, played in the French Pro B last season for Le Havre. He averaged 6.8 points per game on 40.6 percent shooting. He also pulled down 7.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. During summer league for the Thunder, Morin averaged only 2.2 points in 13.5 minutes per game backing up Dakari Johnson.

Morin has never played by the French national team but did play with the U-18 team in 2010.

It’s assumed this is a training camp agreement as the Thunder already 16 committed roster spots. They still can waive Semaj Christon and potentially Kyle Singler. They could stretch Singler’s contract up to seven years.

Oklahoma City often invites 2-3 players into camp with the intention of going to the G-League‘s Oklahoma City Blue. With Johnson going to Oklahoma City, the Blue will have a void at center.

Training camp will start at the end of September, which the league starting at one of the earliest days in recent NBA history.

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Nick Collison signs 1-year deal, will retire at season’s end

Nick Collison will retire as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Collison, 36, signed a one-year agreement on Friday morning, inking his tenure in Oklahoma City.

Originally drafted by Seattle with the No. 12 pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, he was one of a handful of players who made the journey from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Collison has spent his entire with the franchise. He is the fifth current active player who’s spent 10 or more years with the same franchise who drafted him.

Here are some players who have put together lifer NBA careers, active:

  • Dirk Nowitzki (20th season with the Mavericks)
  • Tony Parker (17th season with the Spurs)
  • Manu Ginobili, if he doesn’t retire (16th season with the Spurs)
  • Udonis Haslem (15th season with the Heat)
  • Mike Conley (11th season with the Grizzlies)
  • Russell Westbrook (10th season with the Oklahoma City)
  • DeAndre Jordan (10th season with the Clippers)

Collison’s role in Oklahoma City has decreased every season. He was a defensive lynch pin for seasons, garnering charge after charge. However, as the younger generation moved in, Hair Jordan moved out. Last season were career lows across the board for Collison. He averaged only 1.6 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in 20 contests. However, in 23 attempts, he made 14. Giving him a career best 60.9 percent from the field.

The loyalty to the franchise and the city is almost breathtaking. Collison could have gone to Golden State, where one of his better buddies is playing. He could have probably gotten a ring the easy way out. For this man that has taken so much pounding on the defensive side of the ball, this is a thank you to the Thunder. His reunion tour will be a golden comb at each away game. Almost like a Kobe Bryant type of things.

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Thunder introduce Felton and Patterson

The Oklahoma City Thunder formally introduced Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson on Tuesday morning.

Patterson will wear no. 54 and Felton will wear no. 2. It will be only the second time in franchise history someone has worn no. 54. Chris Wilcox wore it in Oklahoma City’s first season. No. 2 has been popular, being won by three different players: Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler and Anthony Morrow.

Felton, 33, has played for six teams over his career. He was named to the 2005-06 NBA All-Rookie team. Felton recently played with the L.A. Clippers.

Felton is a veteran-savvy point guard who went to North Carolina. One major plus for Felton is he has remained healthy throughout his career. He has played in more than 65 games for 10 of his 12 seasons.

“Being a 12 year guy, the goal is to win a ring,” Felton said. “This organization has been one of the top teams for the last 10 years.”

Last season, Felton averaged 6.7 points in 21.7 minutes per game, providing a quality back up for Chris Paul. He shot 43 percent from the field but only 31.9 percent from three.

Last season, Patterson appeared in 65 games and started in eight of them for the Toronto Raptors. He averaged 6.8 points per game on 40 percent shooting to go along with 37 percent from deep. Rounding out his usual box score, he averaged 4.5 rebounds.

“Everyone is taking less money to win,” Patterson said. “Our goal is to win a championship here.”

A career 37 percent shooter from deep, the Thunder have in effect swapped Taj Gibson — who signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves — for Patterson, a player who can stretch the floor and demand defenders away from the paint.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will introduce Paul George tomorrow at 6 p.m. We’ll have your coverage live on our social media accounts, so make sure you’re following.

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Thunder get unlikely support in KD, Jackson

A lot of things have happened in the 11 days since Paul George was acquired by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

George speaking, however, wasn’t one of those things.

In his first interview since the trade, George, a Palmdale, California, native, spoke to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins on his future in Oklahoma City, and even gave some insight he had received from two surprising former Thunder players on what to expect playing in the Central Plains.

George was the prominent name dominating all the headlines entering NBA free agency on July 1. With rumors swirling about him joining the Cavs, Celtics or Lakers via trade, it seemed inevitable George would end up with a big market team.

Until Sam Presti decided otherwise.

What started as shock quickly turned into excitement for the sharp small forward.

“I’ve heard there might be people, like, at the airport,” George said when asked about his first appearance in Oklahoma City on Tuesday.

After Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard alerted George he was headed to Oklahoma City via trade, the Fresno State alumni immediately started calling around, doing some research.

The bulk of the information he received came from a very unlikely source: Kevin Durant.

“KD was like, ‘That place will blow you away,'” George said.

“He told me, ‘They can offer what other teams can’t in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals.'”

“He was pretty high on them. He thought it was a first-class organization in every way,” George said about Durant.

With Durant came another unlikely source singing Oklahoma City’s praises: Reggie Jackson.

George talked to Jackson, who happens to be one of his best friends, and Jackson told the former Indiana star that he would “love it there.”

When Jenkins began to question George about his future in Oklahoma City, George was brutally honest.

“I grew up a Lakers and a Clippers fan,” George said.

“People saying I want to come here, who doesn’t want to play for their hometown? That’s a dream come true, if you’re a kid growing up on the outskirts of L.A.”

However, George’s tone about L.A. quickly changed.

“For me, it’s all about winning. I want to be in a good system, a good team. I want a shot to win it.”

“If we get a killer season in Oklahoma, we make the conference finals or upset the Warriors or do something crazy, I’d be dumb to want to leave that,” George said about his Oklahoma City future.

“I’m thrilled,” George said.

“All I was asking for was a little help in Indy. Now I’m getting a lot of help in Oklahoma.”

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Westbrook reportedly ready to sign extension on July 1

The etching of his name on the MVP trophy has barely began to settle and it is already being reported that Russell Westbrook is expected to sign a 5-year contract extension on July 1.

Royce Young of ESPN is reporting Westbrook could sign a 5-year contract on July 1, even at 12:01 a.m. to show how loyal he is to the franchise.

Those close to Westbrook fully expect him to take the Thunder’s offer, quite possibly at 12:01 a.m., and stabilize the franchise and present a clear road map. Westbrook signed an extension last summer and invoked the word “loyalty” for a reason. He wanted to make a statement — a public declaration — and take on the burden of leading the franchise forward.

Calling out numerous employees and the entire city of Oklahoma City, Westbrook said how thankful he was throughout his time in Oklahoma City. He shows true admiration for the city and the people.

Westbrook averaged 31.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 10.4 assists per game for the Thunder en route to his first ever Most Valuable Player award. He also became the first player in 5 years to average a triple-double on the season, while pulling down 42 triple-doubles.

He also beat out 10 other MVP vote getters to win his first.

Westbrook signed a three-year contract extension on August 4, with a one-year player option. Westbrook is signed for the upcoming 2017-18 season but the 2018-19 year is his player option. If Westbrook does not commit to signing a contract or sign one, the Thunder might have to do the unthinkable.

Young is a pretty reliable source and is often right. Here in Oklahoma City, most fans have learned to believe it when they see it. Oklahoma City is lucky to have someone like Westbrook right now. However, until Westbrook actually signs. We’ll wait and see.

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