OKC Thunder News, Rumors: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson Updates
The Oklahoma City Thunder nearly pulled out a win against the Houston Rockets but fell short late in the game.
Check out the latest news and rumors below.
Durant Lashes Out at Howard
The Thunder and Rockets got at it several times during the game, and at one point Kevin Durant lashed out at Dwight Howard.
Durant repeatedly told Howard: “You’re a [expletive],” according to Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman.
Neither player commented on the report.
Durant and fellow supserstar Russell Westbrook are both injured, a big reason the Thunder are struggling so far.
There isn’t a specific return date for either star, although the latest updates peg mid-December as a possible return for both.
Westbrook Recruited by Fan
One of the fans in the stands tried to do a little recruiting at the game, shouting at Westbrook “Russ, come to L.A.!!”
Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman said that Westbrook started sharking his head to indicate no.
“You can shoot all you want. Come to L.A. We got rings,” the fan responded.
“Get your ass out of here and go back to L.A.,” Westbrook responded.
Westbrook will be a free agent after this season and two more, while Durant will be one after this season and the next.
Where Would Jackson Go?
Reggie Jackson has become one of the most speculated about restricted free agents and fans are wondering where he would go if he left.
Jackson has emphasized that he wants a starting job and featured role on whatever team he goes to.
The Oklahoman says that those demands would eliminate 22 teams, leaving potential locations among the worst teams in the league.
Among the possible suitors are the Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks.
But some teams do hold promise, despite not doing well this year. That includes the New York Knicks–whose coach Derek Fisher mentored Jackson during his team in OKC–the Indiana Pacers–who will get Paul George back next season–and the Los Angeles Lakers–who are expected to add a number of free agents in the offseason.
Those teams, though, would likely target Rajon Rondo and Goran Dragic, among other possibilities, ahead of Jackson at the moment.
The two other suitors are the Miami Heat–especially if Norris Cole bolts in free agency–and the Dallas Mavericks–but only if Monta Ellis declines his player option.
James Harden, who went through the same type of situation Jackson is in, says that Jackson has been handling it well. “He’s been a great leader. Since he’s been on the court he’s been playing very good basketball, and he’s handling it the right way. I’m sure good things are going to happen for Reggie,” he said.
See an Associated Press recap of the Rockets-Thunder game on the next page.