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January 28, 2015 Updates

Perkins readily admits that he hears the trade chatter involving his name, but refuses to let it become a distraction to how he prepares on a day-to-day basis. “You just go with the flow, man,” Perkins told Basketball Insiders. “It’s a business so you can’t think about trades. If you think about them, you’ll just stress yourself out. Everything is going to happen for a reason, so you just have to let it take its place.” Basketball Insiders

With free agency looming, the Thunder could potentially lose Perkins for nothing in return this summer. But Perkins is totally candid about his upcoming free agency and fully believes that since he was acquired by the Thunder in 2011, he’s done nothing but help the franchise rise in the standings. “I just have to come out and make sure I do my job,” Perkins said of his pending free agency status. “I try not to look ahead to free agency. I just try to go out there and compete night in and night out. Basketball Insiders

“But ever since I’ve got to Oklahoma City, I feel like I haven’t did anything but help the organization get to where they want to be. The organization has helped me also. So this is a family. If I’m here next year or not, if I leave, I’m going to miss everyone here because we’re like family.” Oklahoma City has reached the Western Conference Finals three out of the past four seasons, losing in the NBA Finals back in 2012. This season, the Thunder (23-22) would be on the outside looking in at the playoffs if they started today, as the club currently sits 10th in the Western Conference standings. Basketball Insiders

With all of that said, some within the Thunder organization believe they should keep Jackson because they realize it would be hard to replace the production they get from him at the back-up point guard position and because there’s the belief that Jackson and Waiters could form a nice one-two punch if they’re able to get on the same page and eventually develop some chemistry. A Jackson trade could certainly happen, but league sources don’t characterize it as inevitable since the Thunder are still weighing the pros and cons of such a move. Basketball Insiders

The anger with which Durant has punished the rim hasn’t necessarily manifested itself off the court, where the reigning most valuable player has maintained a measured calm and displayed no panic nor worry through a season that has been more difficult than expected for the Oklahoma City Thunder. “It’s just different. First time being injured and all the injuries that happened to us. That’s about it,” Durant said, when asked if this season has been more of a grind than others. “We’re back playing now. That’s over with, we’re trying to move forward now.” Washington Post

Attempts to acquire Brook Lopez from Brooklyn fell apart but also raised doubt about the Thunder’s ability to reach the playoffs, much less win the West, as it is currently assembled. Durant doesn’t appear to have those concerns. When asked recently if he felt the Hawks were the league’s best team, Durant responded, “I ain’t going to go that far. They’re a good team. I like our team. “We’re just behind on everything, from training camp, all the way up to the season, so even though we’re 40-something games in, I feel that we’re still trying to figure stuff out and grow,” Durant said. “Because it feels like we’re in the beginning of the season with everybody coming back, but I like the progress. I like the groove we’re in.” Washington Post

January 27, 2015 Updates

Anthony Slater: Kevin Durant (sprained toe) remains day-to-day with possibility he can play against Knicks tomorrow. Word from the team is Kevin Durant will see how the toe feels tomorrow (shootaround, pregame) before determining status. Twitter @anthonyVslater

Thunder forward Kevin Durant and Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt have signed endorsement deals with American Family Insurance, the company said Tuesday. Durant, the NBA's most valuable player last season, is the first NBA player American Family has signed. American Family is one of the nation's largest insurers. NBA.com

January 26, 2015 Updates

The Oklahoma City Thunder has recalled forward Grant Jerrett from the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA Development League, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Jerrett has appeared in 10 games (nine starts) for the Blue this season, averaging 14.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.6 minutes per game. During his most recent assignment, the forward helped the Blue to a pair of victories, extending the teams season-high win streak to eight games, while averaging 19.5 points on .615 (16-of-26) shooting from the field, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steal and 30.0 minutes per game. NBA.com

Still, given Oklahoma's state tax rate of 5.5 percent, if Durant established permanent residence in a non-income tax state like Florida, and played for the Wizards, he could potentially save more than $700,000 a year in taxes -- or more than $2.8 million on a four-year deal. "He's still paying Oklahoma tax on games in Oklahoma City," Packard said. NBA.com

"The player certainly wouldn't want to buy a house in D.C., because they'd be paying some of the highest tax rates," said Sean Packard, the tax director for Octagon Financial Services Wealth, the financial arm of the sports agency that represents NBA players like Stephen Curry, Wesley Matthews, David West and Giannis Antetokounmpo. NBA.com

Since Waiters’ first game with the Thunder on Jan. 7, Jackson has averaged just 19.5 minutes. He’s averaging 9.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists over that same span. Oklahoman

January 25, 2015 Updates


Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.


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