Oklahoma City Thunder Player News: All Positions

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.
News: Bazley supplied 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds, a steal and a blocked shot across 27 minutes during Friday's 69-68 win over Croatia in the consolation bracket of the Las Vegas Summer League.
Impact: The 2019 first-round pick is showing some growing pains in Summer League play. At only 19, Bazley has already had an adventurous career where he decided to forego a college stint at Syracuse as well as a G-LEague offer. There's no doubt that the youngster has the goods to play at the next level, but he needs a lot of seasoning.and won't be ready to step in as a reasonable alternative for Paul George anytime soon.
News: Dort managed 12 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and one rebound across 15 minutes during the Thunder's 92-87 win over the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: Dort has seemingly taken to summer league play with a chip on his shoulder after going undrafted this past June. The Arizona State product is now averaging 9.3 points (on 50.0 percent shooting) and 1.8 rebounds across just 16.8 minutes during four games in Las Vegas, with his efficiency particularly standing out.
News: Diallo netted 14 points (5-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 26 minutes in the Thunder's 92-87 win over the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: Diallo drew even with Deonte Burton for second on the team in scoring during what was yet another strong summer league performance. Diallo is now averaging 14.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists across four games in the desert, with his scoring average putting him behind only Kevin Hervey on the Thunder during play in Las Vegas.
News: The Thunder acquired Paul on Thursday along with protected 2024 and 2026 first-round picks and first-round pick swaps in 2021 and 2025 from the Rockets in exchange for Russell Westbrook, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Though Houston general manager Daryl Morey previously dismissed rumors earlier in the summer suggesting Paul demanded a trade amid discord with backcourt mate James Harden, the Rockets ultimately decided to ship the nine-time All-Star elsewhere in order to bring aboard Harden's former teammate in Oklahoma City. While Paul would project to see a sizable bump in usage if he sticks with the Thunder, Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti is reportedly conferring with the point guard's agent, Leon Rose, to reroute Paul elsewhere, according to Wojnarowski. Since the 34-year-old is due $124 million over the next three seasons, the Thunder may not be able to procure a sizable return in any trade unless the team is willing to eat a decent portion of the money Paul is owed. With averages of 15.6 points, 8.2 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 three-pointers and 2.0 steals in 32.0 minutes per game in 2018-19, Paul still remains productive at this stage of his career, though injuries have limited him to fewer than 65 games in each of the past three seasons.
News: Bazley was held scoreless (0-2 FG) over 17 minutes in the Thunder's 84-81 overtime win over the 76ers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday. He also recorded three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block.
Impact: The 2019 first-round pick had been unavailable for the Thunder's first summer league contest due to the league still processing the draft night trade that conveyed his rights to OKC. Bazley's debut thus came Monday, but as his final line implies, the rookie struggled to make an impact while coming off the bench. Bazley is likely to see his minutes bump up significantly in coming Vegas games as the Thunder looks to have him gain some much-needed seasoning ahead of training camp.
News: Diallo delivered 14 points (6-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block across 27 minutes during the Thunder's 84-81 overtime win over the 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League play Monday.
Impact: Diallo is potentially in line for an expanded role this coming season, and he's certainly making a solid case for it with his first pair of summer league performances. The 2018 second-round pick is now averaging 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 2.0 steals and 1.0 block over the Thunder's first two Las Vegas contests, and he encouragingly shot 50.0 percent Monday after having drained just 36.0 percent of his attempts in OKC's summer league opener.
News: Dort totaled 15 points (6-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and three rebounds across 18 minutes during the Thunder's 84-81 overtime win over the 76ers in a Las Vegas Summer League game Monday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie took a big step up from a modest effort in the Thunder's summer league opener, pacing the OKC bench in scoring in the process. Dort remains a relative long shot to garner a spot on the final roster, but the 20-year-old guard could potentially secure a training camp invite with an impressive enough string of performances in Las Vegas.
News: Following the Thunder's trade of Jerami Grant on Monday, Gallinari is expected to open the season as the team's starting power forward, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Gallinari was part of the blockbuster trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers this weekend, and now, with the Thunder making a trade that saved them nearly $40 million in tax penalties, the team intends to use versatile Italian forward in the starting lineup. How long Gallinari will remain with the Thunder, however, is still up in the air, especially as rumors of a potential Russell Westbrook trade surface. However, for as long as Westbrook is on the team and Oklahoma City remains competitive, Gallinari will undoubtedly be the Thunder's No. 2 scoring option after a career-best season in 2018-19.
News: Evans totaled seven points (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks in 26 minutes during Saturday's 78-66 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Evans pitched in across every category while providing an efficient offensive performance. He'll look to keep producing here in the summer league with hopes of earning a training camp invite.
News: Diallo (elbow) finished with 20 points (8-22 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), five rebounds, one steal, and one block in 31 minutes during Saturday's 78-66 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Diallo saw his first game action since undergoing elbow surgery back in mid-May, and he was aggressive offensively in the team's summer league opener. He'll look to continue honing his craft and could find himself earning a regular role next season if the front office remains active on the trade market.
News: Westbrook (finger/knee) and his agent are engaged with Thunder general manager Sam Presti on "next steps," including the possibility of trading Westbrook, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: With the Thunder dealing Paul George to the Clippers for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari and a haul of draft picks, the possibility of OKC entering a rebuild is on the table. Considering Westbrook is turning 31 years old next season and likely has little interest in participating in a tear-down, the two sides may work together to find a new home. A barrier to moving Westbrook is his enormous contract, which includes a $46.7 million player option in 2022-23.
News: The Clippers agreed Saturday to acquire George from the Thunder in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Galllinari, four unprotected future first-round picks, one protected future first-round pick and two pick swaps, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: According to Wojnarowski, free agent Kawhi Leonard and George desired to play together in 2019-20, prompting George's agent, Aaron Mintz, to submit a trade request to Thunder general manager Sam Presti in recent days. With Leonard informing the Clippers that he would sign a four-year deal with the team if it could acquire George, the front office was able to bring the two superstars together by surrendering several assets to Oklahoma City. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, George could miss the first weeks of the regular season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but when healthy, he and Leonard make the Clippers a viable title contender. George shouldn't see much of a dip in his production after averaging a career-high 28.0 points to go with 8.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 3.8 three-pointers and 2.2 steals in 36.9 minutes per game in 2018-19.
News: Noel and the Thunder came to terms on a contract agreement Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Noel backed out of the two sides' initial agreement Sunday night, but after sleeping on the decision he's ultimately decided to head back to Oklahoma City. The former top-10 pick was unable to emerge from a limited, reserve role last season, but he was once again among the league leaders in blocks and steals per minute.
News: Burks and the Thunder have agreed to a contract, Royce Young of ESPN reports.
Impact: The details have not yet been released, but Burks will likely arrive in Oklahoma City on a cheap deal after splitting last season between Utah, Cleveland and Sacramento. The journeyman struggled to find consistent minutes with the Kings and Jazz but averaged 11.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 34 games (24 starts) for the Cavs. Burks will add depth and three-point shooting in the backcourt behind Terrance Ferguson, Andre Roberson (knee) and Dennis Schroder.
News: Muscala and the Thunder came to terms Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Muscala spent time with the Lakers and 76ers a season ago, averaging seven points along with 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 64 contests. He appears to be headed for a bench role with the Thunder and figures to compete with Patrick Patterson and Jerami Grant for playing time.
News: Noel and the Thunder agreed to a contract Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Noel didn't offer up much scoring production for Oklahoma City last season (4.9 points per game), though he was a key cog on the defensive end of the court, averaging 1.2 blocks over 77 contests. He'll slot in as the top backup at center to Steven Adams but likely won't be in store for an appreciable uptick in playing time.
News: George announced that both of his shoulders are healthy, via his personal Twitter account.
Impact: While it's still possible George misses some preseason action, this news seems to indicate that his recovery has gone well. Some more time may pass before we get an official team confirmation regarding his availability for training camp, however.
News: Noel declined his $1.9 million player option for the 2019-20 season, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: While Noel averaged only 13.7 minutes off the bench for the Thunder last season, he once again ranked among the top big men in the league in per-minute blocks and steals. There's a chance he could return to the Thunder on a new contract, but Noel is expected to have a number of suitors in free agency, so he'll likely be able to do better than the $1.9 million his option would have paid him.