Ben Simmons on if he recognized how crazy it was that he got traded for another max-level All-Star: No, I didn’t care, I literally did not care about who’s getting traded for who, I just in that moment, I actually broke down. Like, I had to have a moment by myself, because I was sitting in the office with, you know, had family around, and it was just time was going down. And then it happened. And it just was like, a shock. Because I spent six, six years in Philadelphia, like, got friends there, the night telling me like, I’m going to New York, I’m like, okay, my family’s there too, like, it was very emotional for me. All at once, I had to, like, sit down and just gather myself.
October 2, 2022 | 2:45 pm EDT Update
Brandon Rahbar: OKC has waived guard Sterling Brown. He was originally acquired on Friday, Sept. 30 from the Houston Rockets. Expect more roster churning moves as the Thunder prep for the upcoming season.
Rylan Stiles: The Thunder has signed forward Sacha Killeya-Jones. During the 21-22 season, he played in 20 games with Hapoel Gilboa Galil and averaged 18.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.15 blocks in 30.8 minutes per game. Per Thunder PR
October 2, 2022 | 12:16 pm EDT Update
For now, Harrison Barnes believes he is right where he belongs, but he joked that he follows the latest trade news from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, just in case. “You know how the NBA is,” Barnes said. “I check Woj. I check Shams. They’ve still got me here, so as far as I’m concerned, this is where I’m supposed to be and I’m going to give it my best effort.”
Barnes has been the frequent subject of trade speculation over the past two seasons. He has heard the rumors, but he said it doesn’t cause a distraction for him at this stage in his career. “That’s just part of the business,” Barnes said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to that. The biggest thing is just getting ready for opening night. That’s my focus. The guys on this court, the coaching staff, us building that trust now so, when things get going and adversity hits, you have a base of relationships that you draw on.”