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Thunder waive Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan

The Oklahoma City Thunder have officially waived Semaj Christon and Isaiah Canaan on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Canaan, 26, saw action in three preseason games with the Thunder and averaged 5.7 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game. Previously, Canaan played for numerous teams over his career. He’s most notable for scoring 31 points for the Philadelphia 76ers back in March 2015.

Christon, 24, appeared in 64 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder as a rookie. He averaged 2.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds last season.

Originally drafted by the Miami Heat in 2014, he was traded to Charlotte and Oklahoma City on draft night. After playing with the Oklahoma City Blue for a season, Christon spent a year in Italy before being invited to the Thunder’s training camp. He eventually beat out Ronnie Price for the final spot on the Thunder’s roster.

Last season, Christon was picked as the worst Thunder player on the roster. Christon’s season was statistically the second worst season in Thunder history.

Oklahoma City will now run with only 14 players on their roster, preferring to go with an open roster spot. They could always use that to acquire someone in a trade. They could always offer a minimum contract to someone as a free agent.

Oklahoma City starts their season on Oct. 19 against the New York Knicks.

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Injury update 10-5-17

Head coach Billy Donovan revealed today that Russell Westbrook did go through his first full practice of training camp, while Patrick Patterson went through scripted non-contact drills.

Alex Abrines did not practice and will not play Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans along with Patterson.

Donovan said that Westbrook will be “reassessed” tomorrow to determine whether or not he will make his preseason debut. He also said that if he is able to go, he may be on a slight minutes restriction.

“There’s a possibility he could (play),” Donovan said. “There’s a chance he couldn’t. I think a lot’s gonna depend on, if he does go, how many minutes he would be able to play. Or it may be a situation where he says ‘I maybe need a little bit more rest.'”

Westbrook has been limited in preseason training camp in the wake of his platelet rich plasma injection procedure he had prior to camp. Patterson and Abrines are still recovering from minor injuries that don’t seem to concern the team for their status going forward.

“Russ is a guy that he can take two months off he can come back and play well,” Carmelo Anthony said today at practice.

If Westbrook is unable to play, Raymond Felton will get his second start at point guard in the preseason. Felton, a 14-year NBA veteran, started 11 games in the 2016-17 season for the LA Clippers.

He got the start on Tuesday against the Houston Rockets and recorded nine points and three assists in 18:29 minutes of play.

Patterson’s injury stems from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in August while Abrines’ left knee strain from international play continues to keep him from full practice.

“It difficult to put a time frame on anyone,” Donovan said last week on Patterson and Abrines’ status . “But it’s not something we think is long term.”

Reserves Jerami Grant, Semaj Christon and Terrance Ferguson will likely get more minutes for the rest of preseason.

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Injury update 10-2-17

Head coach Billy Donovan announced today that Russell Westbrook, Patrick Patterson and Alex Abrines will not play in tomorrow’s initial preseason game against the Houston Rockets in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Raymond Felton will get the nod as the starting point guard tomorrow night.

Westbrook has been limited in preseason training camp in the wake of his platelet rich plasma injection procedure he had prior to camp. Patterson and Abrines are still recovering from minor injuries that don’t seem to concern the team for their status going forward.

“Today was the first day he (Westbrook) did contact which was good,” Donovan said. “There were no ill effects from anything.”

Patterson’s injury stems from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in August while Abrines’ left knee strain from international play continues to keep him from full practice.

“It difficult to put a time frame on anyone,” Donovan said on Patterson and Abrines’ status. “But it’s not something we think is long term.”

Felton, a 14-year NBA veteran, started 11 games in the 2016-17 season for the LA Clippers. He has been running with the first unit in Westbrook’s absence.

“Just because we got three All-Stars on this team, we still can’t back down,” Felton said when asked about how he his experience with the first unit has gone so far. “We have to continue to push them.”

Felton also has experience with teammate Carmelo Anthony, having played in New York together for two seasons.

“We got a lot of history with each other,” Felton said. “Just to get that bond back, to be on the same team and go battle together is going to be fun.”

Reserves Jerami Grant, Semaj Christon and Nick Collison will likely get more minutes for the rest of preseason.

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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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Poll: Grade the Thunder offseason

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been pretty busy since June 29 and really have been in the news since then and really haven’t stopped. It started with the Paul George trade and it culminated with the signing of Raymond Felton.

For Sam Presti, this is turning into the Summer of Sam. He’s an immediate leader for Executive of the Year and is filling all of the holes Oklahoma City had last season.

Paul George gives Oklahoma City another legitimate superstar and can now compete atop of the Western Conference and probably the NBA. George is a two-way superstar and can guard 1-3 on the floor. He nails the three at an extremely high clip.

Terrance Ferguson is a lengthy two-guard who hasn’t really seen NBA speeds as he played in Australia last season. However, the Thunder are high on Ferguson and his ability to get to the room, despite his small size of 184 lbs.

Patrick Patterson is almost a perfect fit. Like George, he’s a two-way defender and can also step out and hit the big three from the corners. He’s a super high energy guy that can really give a team some momentum by stepping in and playing sound defense.

Raymond Felton is an okay back up point guard coming from the Clippers. He’s durable and a really good teammate. Oklahoma City has their replacement for Semaj Christon, that is if they choose to let him go.

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Thunder sign Raymond Felton to one-year deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed free agent Raymond Felton to a one-year deal, ESPN’s Chris Haynes is reporting.

The Thunder don’t often release the financial aspects of a contract, however, it is assumed Felton is signing for the veteran’s minimum: $2,328,652.

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.

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.

It is unknown whether Oklahoma City will keep Semaj Christon on the roster. All signs would say yes, as the Thunder have kept three point guards most of their time in Oklahoma City.

Felton becomes the fourth addition to an evolving roster. With the additions of Paul George, Patrick Patterson, Terrance Ferguson and now Felton, the Thunder continue to build around Russell Westbrook.

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Three things noticed in Summer League Game 1

The Oklahoma City Thunder won their first game of the 2017 Summer League in exciting fashion against the Detroit Pistons 92-91.

Obviously, Domas Sabonis was no longer able to play with the Thunder’s Summer League squad after being traded yesterday. First round pick Terrance Ferguson has yet to sign his initial contract and is not in Orlando with the team.

Summer League is about development and growth. With the loss of Sabonis, the Thunder were represented by Semaj Christon and Josh Huestis as the only two players with NBA/Oklahoma City experience.

Here are three things that stuck out:

Semaj Christon

As stated earlier, Summer League is mainly to see growth and development in individual players. Christon is a player who Oklahoma City gave every opportunity last season as Russell Westbrook‘s primary backup. It was an up and down year for the rookie out of Xavier with more negatives than positives.

Today was a mixed bag for Semaj. While statistically, Christon isn’t going to be a player who will wow you, the main thing with the young guard is confidence.

Christen looked in control and definitely looked one of the few players with NBA experience. He had a handful of nice dishes and drives.

As of right now, Christon remains the backup point guard for the Thunder. If that is still the case when the 2017-18 season begins, his confidence will have to remain high.

Lack of Shooting

Until the final minutes, the Thunder were abysmal from beyond the arc. They finished the game shooting a respectable 36 percent after a desperate final run.

Guys like Huestis, Christon and Daniel Hamilton handling the shooting duties won’t light up the score board from deep.

This Summer League squad is designed to defend. While Huestis has shown a capable shot with good mechanics in his brief NBA experience, he will need to start pressing the issue with his shot if he wants to make strides.

The Ending

With two minutes remaining, the Thunder were down 11. Hamilton scored five points in 7.6 seconds to take the one point lead.

All thanks to a officiating blunder.

Official Haywoode Workman admitted to giving two free throws to the Thunder when they should have only had a one-shot technical.

Even in the Summer, the officials need some development.

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Thunder Summer Game Day #1: vs. Detroit Pistons

Oklahoma City Thunder (0-0, 0 points) vs. Detroit Pistons (0-0, 0 points)
Saturday, July 1 :: 4:00 p.m. CST :: Amway Center — Orlando, Fla.

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Line: Oklahoma City is a 9½-point favorite. O/U is 227½
Notes: Thunder: here | Pistons: here

SETTING THE SCENE

  • Oklahoma City will bring out 14 players, five with real NBA experience in hopes of a chance at a Summer League victory.
  • Each win is worth four points. Each quarter win is worth 1 point, a tie of a quarter, each team receives 0.5 points.  A winning team can win at the most eight points a game if they play their cards right. The most a losing team can get is three points.
  • REMINDER: Summer League does not mean anything. Just glorified scrimmages that are on TV for fans to watch.

FOLLOWING THE ACTION

  • The games are available online at NBA.com. On the NBA Gametime App or on your TV on NBATV.

NBA INFLUENCE

  • Oklahoma City will trot out some real nba talent this summer league.
  • Semaj Christon, Markel Brown, Josh Huestis, and Marcus Thornton all have spent time with NBA teams in their careers.
  • Only Christon and Huestis are under contract with the Thunder.
  • Brown played at Oklahoma State and with the Brooklyn Nets.
  • Thornton has been to multiple training camps but have not stuck.

SCOUTING THE PISTONS

  • Detroit has played in the OPSL every summer since 2012.
  • Luke Kennard, the Pistons first round draft pick is expected to suit up this weekend.
  • Henry Ellenson, a second year player will suit up for his second summer with Detroit.
  • Hollis Thompson and Dez Wells have both been in training camp and played with the Oklahoma City Blue.
  • Five players, led by Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, will suit up for Detroit.
  • Pierre Jackson is the most famous name on the list. He’ll lace it up for another opportunity at the NBA.

NO DOMAS

  • Domantas Sabonis was scheduled to be on the roster before yesterday’s trade.
  • Sabonis and Victor Oladipo were traded to Indiana for Paul George.

INJURY REPORT

  • Oklahoma City is relatively healthy.

NEXT UP

  • Oklahoma City is off on Sunday, which has become a bit of a regular thing.
  • The Thunder will play the New York Knicks at 12 p.m. on Monday.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR

Ferguson

How does Oklahoma City’s only draft selection respond against real NBA talent? He spent the entire last season over in Australia but those Aussies don’t stand a match for NBA level talent.

Play with poise

While high scoring blow ups are cool and all. This is about the fundamentals. How does Dakari Johnson work on the block. Is he as slow as the scouting report says? Is Semaj Christon working on developing his shot? These are things we need to watch for.

I’m Blue, if I was green I would die

A handful of Oklahoma City Blue players are in this game. Oklahoma City is getting ready to try and figure out how to handle all of these names over at the Cox Center. The Blue could be building their roster as we speak.

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Thunder interested in Michael Carter-Williams

Royce Young of ESPN reported on Friday afternoon the Thunder have interest in the No. 11 pick in the 2013 Draft. Michael Carter-Williams is a target for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Not a shooter, nor is he a really good defender, Carter-Williams can provide a back-up role that Semaj Christon maybe could not. Christon became a liability in the playoffs and struggled so much, Russell Westbrook eventually played 40-plus minutes in the playoffs. Not a good idea for a player who goes 100 mph at a time.

Carter-Williams, 25, has hopped around the league a bit after finally being traded out of Philadelphia. He’s played with two different teams the last two seasons, in Milwaukee and in Chicago last season.

With the Bulls, Carter-Williams appeared in 45 games and only averaged 6.6 points per game, a career low, on 18.8 points per game, also a career low. His shooting percentages in Chicago were career lows across the board and in comparing per-36 minute numbers, Carter-Williams is a border line NBA player at best.

(per-36 stats)

Player A: 12.6 points on 36.6 percent from the field and 23.4 percent from three-point range.

Player B: 8.2 points on 41.1 percent from the field and 18.9 percent from three.

Player A is Carter-Williams and Player B is Kyle Singler. There isn’t a lot separating the two.

However, compared to Christon, Carter-Williams is a much needed upgrade and probably at a really cheap price.

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Player Grades: The bench

The Thunder certainly had a season that they can be proud of after the slap in the face that ruined July 4 for Thunder fans everywhere.

There are several gaps that need to be filled if this team hopes to compete for a title during the Westbrook era, assuming he signs the “super max” deal this July which would be the biggest contract in NBA history. The Thunder made headlines at the trade deadline after acquiring Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson from the Bulls in exchange for Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne, which was a steal for the organization in terms of what the Thunder were lacking which was a sharp shooter from three to spread the floor and a veteran big man with experience to bring positive energy to the locker room.

Even though the trade was in the Thunder’s favor, they still lack a deep and productive secondary unit to get the weight off Westbrook’s shoulders. Fans who religiously watch Thunder basketball all have that one player that comes to mind that when they are on the court or have the ball in their hands, they make you want to throw the remote at the TV.

Here we rank and grade the Thunder’s bench  players of the 2016-17 season in terms of productivity and minutes played per game.

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