Oklahoma City Rumors
Before home games, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s top security representative will personally deliver the game ball to star point guard Russell Westbrook in the locker room. Westbrook then takes it, inspects it, rubs it, dribbles it, holds it, smells it and, after approving it, passes it to each of his teammates, a sacred ceremony before the players circle up and sprint out of the tunnel. The league’s history is littered with such tales, especially of how far some players go to make sure the game ball is precisely to their liking. This is the story of game balls, from their calculated creation all the way to their NBA debuts — and then what they face once there.
The Oklahoma City Thunder has joined hundreds of local businesses, civic groups and individuals who have made a commitment to continuing to uphold the Oklahoma Standard, as the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing approaches. As part of its commitment, the team will highlight the newly renovated Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum during its game on Sunday, April 5, and will distribute special wristbands to fans in attendance that feature the Oklahoma Standard values.
Kevin Durant made some of his strongest comments yet about his future free agency, going as far to say he wants to have his jersey retired in Oklahoma City. “I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else,” Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and once you hear it you’re kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I’m one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.
Chris Mannix: In addition to sending Reggie Jackson to Detroit, Oklahoma City is close to a deal to acquire Utah’s Enes Kanter, per two NBA sources.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Detroit will send Kyle Singler to Oklahoma City, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
The original deal would have sent Stephenson to Brooklyn, Nets center Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder and various Nets and Thunder players – possibly point guard Jarrett Jack and shooting guard Jeremy Lamb – to the Hornets. A knowledgeable source told the Observer Friday morning that the deal was dormant, if not dead. The Nets pulled away from negotiations and are now exploring other options to move Lopez’s contract.