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Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Enes Kanter has made it back to the United States. Kanter was detained in Romania because his Turkish passport was suddenly canceled, but he's convinced that he was held because of his political views. Kanter is scheduled to hold a press conference later this afternoon.

Enes Kanter on Twitter

May 21 - 12:53 PM

Nick Collison    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Nick Collison said he plans to play next season and is hoping to stick with the Thunder. "I plan to play [next year] for sure," Collison said. "I wasn't sure going into the season how I would feel at the end of the year, but I still enjoy playing, and I enjoy being around the group. I enjoy being on the team, and I still think I have something to offer." Collison will be 37 years old next season and only made 20 appearances for the Thunder in 2016-17, so if he returns he will simply be a locker room guy.

Norman Transcript

May 21 - 11:50 AM

Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania. He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear.

New York Times

May 20 - 2:47 PM

Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Updating a previous item, Enes Kanter was later released after being detained in Romania. He's been traveling through Europe as part of his Light Foundation tour and did post a video of him being held. Kanter had his Turkish passport canceled to cause the problem earlier today, but now he's on his way to London. The OKC big man and some strong words against Turkish president Erdogan, which may be the reason for this issue. It sounds like he's in the clear.

New York Times

May 20 - 2:47 PM

Enes Kanter    F/C  Thunder

 

 

Enes Kanter is being detained in Romania after his passport was "canceled" by the Turkish embassy on Saturday morning. Kanter is traveling throughout Europe as part of his 2017 Enes Kanter Light Foundation global tour. He posted a video on Twitter explaining that police officers had been holding him in Budapest for hours. "The reason behind it is just, of course, my political views," said Kanter. "And the guy who did it is Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey. He's a bad, bad man. He is a dictator, and he's the Hitler of our century." ESPN is reporting that the Thunder are working with the league office to gather information.

ESPN.com

May 20 - 11:25 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

The Thunder will be able to sign Russell Westbrook to the Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. Russ will make $28.5 million for the 2017-18 season and can tack on another five years, beginning in 2018-19. The total value of the extension would be $207 million. If Westbrook decides not to sign the extension, thus enabling him to become a free agent in July of 2018, OKC will have a tough decision to make. Do they allow him to play out the 2017-18 season and hope he re-signs, or do they maximize his trade value and avoid risking losing him for nothing.

Yahoo.com

May 20 - 9:48 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

Russell Westbrook, James Harden and Kawhi Leonard are the finalists for Most Valuable Player. It just feels weird to not see LeBron James in this group, but there's no denying the three finalists turned in magnificent seasons. The NBA world became obsessed with triple-doubles as Westbrook averaged one for the entire season while also breaking Oscar Robertson's record for most trip-dubs on the year.

May 19 - 8:14 PM

Victor Oladipo    G  Thunder

 

 

Victor Oladipo could play more point guard next season according to Thunder GM Sam Presti. Dipo only logged two percent of his minutes at point this season, but he said he's ready for the challenge. "I like handling the ball. I like making decisions, and I know I can," Oladipo said. "Now it's a matter of doing it on a consistent basis." Dipo didn't live up to expectations this season and took a backseat on offense next to usage rate monster Russell Westbrook, but he also battled through a few nagging injuries to his wrist, knee and back. He will be a bounce-back candidate in 2017-18 and said he's planning a "very relentless summer" developing his game.

News OK

May 14 - 11:16 AM

Kyle Singler    G/F  Thunder

 

 

If they are unable to find a trade partner, the Thunder may consider waiving Kyle Singler via the stretch provision this summer, according to OKC beat writer Brett Dawson. Singler, who averaged just 2.8 points per game for the Thunder this past season, is set to make $4.6 million in 2017-18, $4.9 million in 2018-19 and $5.3 million in 2019-20. (That final season is non-guaranteed). If they used the stretch provision, Singler's annual salary would be cut in half. However, that reduced amount would stay on the books for seven seasons. From a fantasy perspective, Singler should be avoided on draft day in October.

Oklahoman

May 12 - 11:40 AM

Russell Westbrook    G  Thunder

 

 

In a new commercial featuring Russell Westbrook, he repeatedly refers to Oklahoma City as his "home." This is far from concrete evidence that Westbrook is willing to sign a long-term extension with the Thunder this offseason, but it would be quite strange to see him leave OKC after releasing a commercial where loyalty and a feeling of being home play out as the overarching themes. Westbrook could potentially sign a five-year extension worth roughly $217 million this summer, but nothing official can happen until July 1.

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