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July 9, 2014 Updates
July 8, 2014 Updates

I do think that the Thunder are seriously in the mix for Pau Gasol, along with the L.A. Lakers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and San Antonio Spurs among others. OKC has clearly made Pau their priority, as he has now heard recruiting pitches from Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks among others. But again, it really depends on what happens with Carmelo. There has been some talk that Gasol wants to play with Anthony, so he could follow him to Los Angeles, Chicago or New York, depending on what happens. Basketball Insiders

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with coveted free agent Pau Gasol in Southern California on Monday, multiple league sources told ESPNLosAngeles.com, but the team quietly considers it a "long shot" to acquire him. It was the latest in a series of pitches to Gasol by members of the Thunder organization. The courtship began last week with a phone conversation between general manager Sam Presti and the two-time NBA champion on Tuesday, followed up by a tag-team face-to-face appeal from Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on Wednesday. ESPN.com

Oklahoma City is limited to roughly $5 million in spending cash under the luxury-tax line to offer Gasol, but had hoped its position as a championship contender -- coming off a Western Conference finals appearance in the spring -- would speak to Gasol more than money. ESPN.com

Brian Mahoney: USA Basketball announces withdrawal of Westbrook, who was always far from a lock to play this summer anyway to rest knees. Twitter @briancmahoney

July 7, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: As part of Thunder's continuing pursuit of Pau Gasol, I'm told OKC coach Scotty Brooks met today with Gasol to add his pitch to the pile Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Serge Ibaka broke new ground the Oklahoma City Thunder. While teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook get most of the attention from the media, it was the 6-foot-10 forward who was asked to pose nude in the latest installment of ESPN The Magazine Body Issue. The section is titled the "Bodies We Want," according to The Norman Transcript. The magazine was released Monday on the internet and will hit the newsstands Friday. Ibaka was featured in the special issue along with 21 other athletes. Oklahoman

July 6, 2014 Updates
July 5, 2014 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has named Darko Rajakovic as assistant coach, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Rajakovic has spent the past two seasons as the head coach of the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder’s NBA D-League affiliate. “Darko’s diverse basketball background, knowledge of the game and ability to develop players at a high level were clearly apparent during his time in Tulsa, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to add him to our staff,” said Thunder Head Coach Scott Brooks. “His understanding of the core tenants of what we do, thanks to his time in Tulsa, will maintain a level of consistency that we value and his various head coaching experiences internationally will provide another layer to our coaches.” NBA.com

 

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