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2020 Schedule
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Gilgeous-Alexander: Not filling Westbrook's shoes

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who is preparing to step into the point guard position Russell Westbrook held for 11 years for the Oklahoma City Thunder, wants to temper expectations. Maybe that is understandable.

Young: CP3 will play with plenty of motivation next year (1:20)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder announced the signing of center Justin Patton today, and it's a three-year deal worth $5.3m, according to league sources. This year has $700k guaranteed, year two is non-guaranteed and year three has a team option. He brings the roster to 14 and actually puts OKC back over the tax by $921k. The Thunder won't be a team that remains in the tax this season, and $921k is a workable number to trim down. Patton is a former first round pick (No. 16 in 2017) and just 22 years old.

Jalen is hyped for Russ' return to OKC, Lakers-Clippers on Christmas (1:52)

The Hoop Collective: Rich Paul Rule, Team USA, 'Melo

Brian Windhorst, Kevin Arnovitz and Royce Young open the show by breaking down the "Rich Paul Rule" and what it really means. Then, the guys discuss Team USA's roster, Gregg Popovich's coaching plans and how the Celtics players in camp are using this as a chance to build team chemistry (8:52). Plus, they talk about Kyle Lowry's important role on the team (25:10) and Carmelo Anthony's fallout with the Thunder (34:11).

Melo: Wasn't my choice to step away but had to (0:47)
Melo: Never said anything about a farewell tour (1:04)

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Oklahoma City and forward Patrick Patterson have agreed to a buyout on the final season of his contract, allowing him to become a free agent

Stephen A.: Melo isn't deserving of a farewell tour (1:58)
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Westbrook: Ready to sacrifice for Rockets, title

After spending his first 11 seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Westbrook officially embarked on his new chapter Friday. "I only care about one team," he said, "and that's the Houston Rockets."

Westbrook praises OKC for taking him in (0:36)
CP3, Beal and Tatum play 1-on-1 (1:12)
Presti thinks 'the world of PG,' but trading him wasn't mutual (0:42)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder have announced coaching staff changes: David Akinyooye and Mark Daigneault have been promoted from the Blue, Dave Bliss promoted from a player development role, Mike Wilks promoted from scout, and Brian Keefe rejoins the staff (last three seasons with LAL). They join Maurice Cheeks and Vin Bhavnani on Billy Donovan's staff. The Thunder had assistant coaches Mark Bryant (Suns), Darko Rajakovic (Suns) and Bob Beyer (Kings) leave the team this offseason.

Friedell: OKC can't trade CP3 because of atrocious contract (0:43)
Jalen advises CP3 not to panic (1:02)

The Hoop Collective: Kemba's Fit, CP3's Future, Kawhi

Brian Windhorst, Jackie MacMullan and Tim MacMahon talk about how the Hornets and Kemba Walker parted ways (2:20), how the Thunder will move forward with Chris Paul (18:50), if Kawhi Leonard really makes his teammates better (33:46) and some of the hidden details behind the Leonard/Paul George move (37:35).

Hollins storms off set after Foxworth defends CP3 (1:03)

Barnwell Show: OKC 'what ifs' with Kevin Pelton

Bill is joined by ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton to do some NBA "what-ifs" in the wake of the wild free agency period. The first of which being if the Thunder had not traded James Harden to the Rockets in 2012 (0:22), including what other packages were available at the time and what other player movement it would have affected. The second being if the Thunder had beaten the Warriors in Game 6 of the 2016 WCF after leading 3-1 and gone on to face an injury-riddled Cavaliers team in the NBA Finals (21:01).

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The trade sending Russell Westbrook to Houston is now official. "Russell Westbrook is the most important player in the brief history of the Oklahoma City Thunder," general manager Sam Presti said. "He has left an indelible mark on this team, city and state. None of us could have anticipated the player he has become, and we are all deeply proud of what he has contributed to the success of the franchise and to our community. Russell and his wife Nina, their three children, his brother and his parents will always remain part of the Thunder family. We wish them nothing but happiness and success in the future."

Team Stats

Points Per Game114.57th
Rebounds Per Game48.12nd
Assists Per Game23.423rd
Points Allowed111.116th

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