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Thunder’s Doug McDermott Working On Elevating His Game

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott is working to improve his game and to add something else to his repertoire.

McDermott doesn’t want to stay the same player and is hard at work to bring his game to the next level.

“I try to add something each summer because I don’t want to stay the same player,” McDermott said, according to Nick Gallo of NBA.com.

McDermott has a lot of room to improve after making a minimal impact during the start of his NBA career. The forward averaged just 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.5 minutes over 22 games last season.

“I feel like I can still get a lot better… I’m just more than a spot-up shooter. I know I can move without the ball, and I think that just puts more pressure on them, and it can open up more things for everyone out there,” McDermott said.

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Golden State Warriors

Kevin Durant Could Consider Return to Thunder Next Summer

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Could Kevin Durant find his way back to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2019 offseason? According to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix, Durant could potential consider the Thunder during free agency next summer

“The relationship between Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City was never really torched,” Mannix said, during an appearance on Jeff Goodman’s The Good N’ Plenty podcast. “Oklahoma City always said the right things about him, and they always did right by him publicly. And the relationship between Durant and Russell Westbrook, while not being great by any stretch, is probably as good as it’s been since he left Oklahoma City. So all those things are gonna factor in and make me think Oklahoma City will at least be on his list of possibilities [in free agency] next summer.”

Naturally, this all depends on the current Golden State Warriors superstar opting to leave the championship winning ways of the Dubs to venture to a new team next year.

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Atlanta Hawks

Carmelo Anthony Says Thunder ‘Wasn’t a Good Fit’

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Now that Carmelo Anthony is likely on his way towards a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks so he can ink a deal with the Houston Rockets, Anthony is reflecting on his time with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“At the end of the day, it wasn’t a good fit,” Anthony said, according to ESPN’s Jemele Hill.

“I think last year — and I haven’t talked about this before — everything was just so rushed, going to the team for media day and the day before training camp. Them guys already had something in place, and then I come along in the 25th hour like, oh s%#t, Melo just come on and join us.

Like, you can figure it out since you’ve been around the game for a long time. That’s why it was so inconsistent. At times, I had to figure it out on my own rather than somebody over there or people over there helping me.”

Naturally, Anthony won’t admit that his lack of acceptance of a role that didn’t make him the focal point also was an issue, but Anthony didn’t seem like he wanted to fit with Oklahoma City.

Either way, both Anthony and the Thunder are better off now that the two have split.

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Atlanta Hawks

Hawks Acquire Carmelo Anthony From Thunder

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As rumored on Wednesday, the Atlanta Hawks have acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for point guard Dennis Shroder and Mike Muscala, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

In addition to Anthony, the Hawks have also acquired a protected 2022 first-round pick as part of the deal for Anthony.

Anthony will be waived where he can then sign with a team of his choosing, with all signs pointing to him joining the Houston Rockets.

 

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