Oklahoma City Thunder Player News: All Positions

News: Noel notched eight points (4-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), four rebounds, four blocks, and one steal in 22 minutes during Monday's 107-70 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Noel drew the start in place of Steven Adams (rest) and was extremely active defensively, as per usual. If Adams ends up being traded at some point in the season, Noel would be worth a look across most fantasy formats. However, there's probably only so much he'll be able to accomplish if Adams remains healthy and on the roster throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Gallinari registered 16 points (6-12 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Monday's 107-70 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Gallinari returned to the lineup following a one-game absence for rest purposes. The veteran combo forward is locked into a starting role and will look to stay healthy for a second straight season.
News: Schroder posted four points (1-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six assists, two rebounds, and one block in 26 minutes during Monday's 107-70 loss to the Mavericks.
Impact: Schroder was no longer listed on the injury report after missing Saturday's practice due to a minor thigh injury. Starting in place of Chris Paul (rest), Schroder struggled badly from the field and finished with nearly as many turnovers (four) as dimes. Overall it wasn't an inspiring performance from the veteran point guard, but he still has one more preseason tilt to shake off the rust.
News: Schroder (thigh) is no longer listed on the injury report ahead of Monday's game against Dallas.
Impact: Schroder took a seat for Saturday's practice due to a minor thigh injury, but it appears as though he's put the issue behind him. Even so, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Thunder keep a close eye on the guard.
News: Gallinari (rest) will be available for Monday's preseason game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Gallinari was sidelined for Thursday's matchup for rest purposes, but after getting the weekend off, he'll be ready to take the court.
News: Noel (shoulder) isn't listed on the injury report ahead of Monday's preseason game against Dallas.
Impact: Noel was held out of Sunday's practice session due to a shoulder issue, though as expected, he'll be available for Monday's exhibition. The Thunder may elect to limit his minutes as a precaution, however.
News: Roberson (knee) will not play Monday against the Mavericks, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Roberson is still working his way back from knee surgery, and while he was able to go through some non-contact portions of practice Sunday, he's yet to be cleared for game action.
News: Noel did not practice Sunday due to a shoulder injury, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Noel is nursing what appears to be a minor shoulder issue, but coach Billy Donovan indicated that he expects the big man to be available for Monday's game against Dallas. With Steven Adams resting, Noel could be set for extended minutes.
News: Paul will be rested for Monday's preseason game against the Mavs, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Paul is not dealing with an injury -- the Thunder are simply opting to give the veteran a night off. Steven Adams will also be rested Monday.
News: Adams will be rested for Monday's preseason game against the Mavs, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It's simply a routine day off for Adams, who will be joined in street clothes Monday by fellow-veteran Chris Paul.
News: Roberson (knee) did not practice Saturday, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: The Thunder are remaining cautious in bringing along Roberson, who is recovering from knee surgery and missed all of last season. A timetable for his return is very unclear.
News: Schroder was held out of Saturday's practice due to a thigh contusion, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: According to coach Billy Donovan, the injury is "nothing major" and was simply an opportunity to give Shroder some rest. It seems unlikely that Schroder's availability would be in jeopardy for Monday's game against the Mavericks, however, if he continues to experience any discomfort, the Thunder coaching staff may opt to exercise caution and hold him out.
News: Paul had just six points, four assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 21 minutes during Thursday's 110-84 preseason victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Impact: Paul failed to have an impact Thursday but the fact he is on the floor bodes well for the start of the regular season. Paul' last few seasons have been littered with injuries and that is certainly a concern going forward. His health is really the only question when deciding where to draft Paul but if he manages to play in excess of 70 games, he should return top 25 value at a minimum.
News: Diallo totaled 16 points (8-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt), six rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes during Thursday's 110-84 preseason victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Impact: Diallo shot the ball well Thursday, hitting 8-of-11 from the field on his way to 16 points. Diallo had plenty of opportunities last season but failed to produce any real fantasy value. The Thunder were resting a number of players here and despite a strong scoring effort, Diallo is going to struggle to be relevant again this season.
News: Gilgeous-Alexander ended with 18 points (6-13 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 6-6 FT), two rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 23 minutes during Thursday's 110-84 preseason victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Impact: Gilgeous-Alexander continues to help his fantasy stock with another impressive performance Thursday. There has been a lot of hype around the sophomore and that shows no signs of slowing down. He is going to start alongside Chris Paul and should see upwards of 30 minutes on a regular basis. His ADP is climbing and if you are keen to invest in him, you are likely going to have to spend a mid-round pick in him.
News: Adams finished with 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-4 FT), one assist, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes during Thursday's 110-84 preseason victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Impact: Adams dominated his countrymen, doing all of his damage in just 21 minutes. The game was well in hand early and Adams was a primary reason for that. He led the team in scoring and rebounding, continuing to build towards what could be a very nice season. He did shoot just 1-of-4 from the free-throw line and that continues to be a glaring flaw in his fantasy game. If you are punting that category, Adams is a mid-round player in most h2h formats.
News: Gallinari (rest) will not play in Thursday's exhibition against the New Zealand Breakers, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Gallinari is just getting some maintenance after he played 17 minutes in Tuesday's exhibition against the Mavericks. The forward played 17 minutes, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.
News: Roberson (knee) will not play in Thursday's exhibition against the New Zealand Breakers, Maddie Lee of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: Roberson will sit for a second straight preseason game as the Thunder continue to ease him back from knee surgery he underwent in 2018. Monday's game in Dallas will mark Roberson's next chance to take the court.
News: Roberson (knee) won't play Tuesday against Dallas, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: It appears as though the Thunder will ease back Roberson into the rotation during the preseason, as Roberson is coming off a long recovery journey from knee surgery back in the spring of 2018. Roberson will likely be tabbed questionable for the Thunder's next preseason game a week from Monday.
News: Bazley appeared comfortable in Sunday's open scrimmage, The Oklahoman reports. "I think the way I play fits into what we're doing really well," Bazley said. "(The coaches) trust me, and they allow me to get the ball off the break and start it -- if someone's ahead obviously kick it, and if not, push and being able to either create for others or for myself."
Impact: The first-round pick, who skipped college and instead interned at New Balance last year while training for the draft, finished with eight points and seven rebounds in Sunday's three-period scrimmage. He's still a work in progress, but Bazley drew praise from teammates, as well as head coach Billy Donovan. "He's learning and getting better, but he's got a good pace and tempo," Donovan said. "I think he's got a good feel and understanding of the game, and when he makes mistakes, he recognizes them right away. I think the more that he gets in these situations, the more he's going to grow." Added second-year point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: "He is just growing every day," Gilgeous-Alexander said.. "He has a lot of talent; I don't know if you all know that. It's just his work ethic and how hard he plays. Obviously at his size and for his position he can rebound really well and things like that. I think for him it is just, keep working and he will be just fine."
News: Adams has been made available by the Thunder, Sam Amico of AmicoHoops.net reports.
Impact: The sixth-year center, who averaged 13.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 block in 33.4 minutes per game last year, has been made available for trade. A preseason move may be unlikely, however, as the demand for centers across the league is relatively low and the Thunder have "set the price too high" according to Amico. If Adams is moved ahead of the season, Nerlens Noel and Mike Muscala would stand to be the primary beneficiaries.
News: Roberson (knee) called himself a "full go" for the start of training camp, Brett Dawson of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Roberson has had a long road back to full health, but he appears ready to resume his NBA career after missing all of last season with a long-term knee injury. The Colorado product forged a reputation as one of the league's top perimeter defenders, but his struggles on the offensive end mean he's not much of a fantasy commodity. Regardless, expect the veteran to be in competition for a starting spot on the wing.
News: Roberson (kneecap) "will be on the floor" for training camp, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman reports.
Impact: While the phrasing leaves some room for interpretation, it seems that Roberson will be participating in a significant portion of the Thunder's camp activities, though it remains unclear if he's 100 percent healthy. Regardless, once the season kicks off, Roberson could be in a smaller role than he was in two or three years ago. He's an elite defender, but he's essentially a zero from beyond the arc, and OKC might look to develop the likes of Terrance Ferguson and Hamidou Diallo.
News: Moreland has agreed to a training camp contract with the Thunder, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Moreland has appeared in 83 total NBA games across four different teams, posting career averages of 1.9 points and 1.0 assists in 10.8 minutes. He'll fight for a spot on OKC's final roster, where he might be able to rack up some power forward minutes.
News: Patton and the Thunder agreed to terms on a contract Tuesday.
Impact: The terms of the deal have not been disclosed, but it's likely a shorter-term pact that could include partial guarantees. Patton was a first-round pick in 2017, but he's been limited by foot injuries for much of his NBA career. Patton has appeared in only four total games for the Timberwolves and 76ers, though he's logged time in 49 G League contests, putting up 11.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks in 22.1 minutes per game.
News: Gallinari underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday but expects to suit up for the Italian national team in the FIBA World Cup later in August, Eurohoops.net reports.
Impact: Per Emiliano Carchia of Sportando.com, Gallinari was discharged from the hospital Tuesday and hopes to resume full basketball activities with the Italian squad beginning Aug. 12. Even if Gallinari decides that he'll need more time off to recover from the procedure, there's little doubt that he'll be back to full health by the time the Thunder open training camp in the fall.
News: Patterson and the Thunder reached an agreement Thursday on a buyout of the final year of his contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Patterson intends to sign with the Clippers once the buyout is completed, according to Wojnarowski.
Impact: The veteran had exercised his $5.71 million player option in advance of free agency, but he'll forfeit that money for an opportunity to become a free agent and join a Clippers squad that profiles as more of a contender in the Western Conference. The 30-year-old has struggled amid injuries over the last two years and is coming off consecutive seasons of shooting under 40 percent from the field. Still, he'll add valuable depth up front, and his services will likely come at a discount.
News: The Thunder are having difficulty finding a trade partner for Paul, and the point guard may be preparing to begin the season in Oklahoma City, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: After the Thunder traded for Paul earlier in July, the prevailing belief was that he'd be moved to a more favorable destination. But Wojnarowski reports that OKC has been unable to put together a favorable deal. Part of the reason for that is the inability for a number of newly signed players around the league to be traded, in addition to the relative lack of cap space around the league in the wake of free agency. Given the circumstances, the 34-year-old Paul may have no choice but to play out the season in Oklahoma City, which could still be a playoff contender with Steven Adams, Danilo Gallinari, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander as intriguing complementary pieces.