This Oklahoma City Thunder tracker keeps you informed on the latest news and rumors surrounding the team throughout the 2021-22 regular season.
DEC 2: SGA OUT CONCUSSED It was announced by the Thunder on Thursday that their best player in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has entered concussion protocol and will be out for the foreseeable future. Gilgeous-Alexander sustained a concussion following two common fouls late in the fourth quarter (1:29 and 1:13 marks) of Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets and he has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol.
Per the NBA’s Concussion Policy, he will go through a series of steps designed to ensure an athlete exhibits symptom-free behavior before resuming basketball activities. There is no predetermined timetable to complete the protocol, as each injury and player is different and recovery time can vary in each case.
DEC 1: GIDDEY OUT WITH FLU Thunder rookie Josh Giddey has the flu and will miss the Thunder's next two games against the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. Oklahoma City coach Mark Daigneault says that both Giddey and Derrick Favors are currently sidelined with this sickness.
This is a huge blow for the Thunder, as Giddey is one of the team's best players at 19 years old. To this point in the season, he's been the team's best facilitator and one of the best rebounders as well.
NOV 18: AN INTERIM COACH Thunder coach Mark Daigneault began practice on Thursday by stating he will not be traveling with the team on their upcoming road trip as he and his wife are expecting their child to be born any day now.
In his absence, which shouldn't be more than a handful of games, assistant coach Dave Bliss will take over as acting head coach. Oklahoma City's next three games on this road trip are against the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks.
NOV 11: MALEDON SENT DOWN After starting in nearly 50 games at point guard last season as a rookie, Thunder guard Theo Maledon has struggled in the 2021-22 season. As such, he has been assigned to the OKC Blue to get some reps in the G League.
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This is a move that should help him build confidence. To this point in the season, he's averaged just 2.2 points and 1.3 assists, while shooting 20.6% from the floor and committing 1.2 turnovers per contest. On Friday, the Blue and Thunder both play on the same day, meaning Maledon will likely play for both teams in consecutive games.
Along with Maledon, Kit Krejci and Isaiah Roby have also been re-assigned to the Blue temporarily.
OCT 29: MANN TO THE BLUE Tre Mann has been assigned to the Thunder's G League affiliate, the OKC Blue, the team announced on Friday. This will be great experience for the rookie guard, as he'll have the opportunity to gain confidence and experience.
To this point in the season through five games, he's averaged 4.8 points in 10.6 minutes per game while hitting 33.3% of his 3-point attempts.
OCT 25: PICKING UP OPTIONS The Thunder announced that the team has exercised contract options for the 2022-23 season for forward Darius Bazley, wing Aleksej Pokusevski and guard Ty Jerome.
Bazley has appeared in 119 career games (67 starts) with OKC averaging 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Although an inconsistent producer, he's a prospect the Thunder trust and currently have slated as the starting power forward.
Jerome has played in 65 games with the Thunder and the Suns through just over two NBA seasons, averaging 7.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Known for being a shooter, the guard has converted on 38.3% of his shots from deep in his career.
Pokusevski was selected with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and has since spent time with the Thunder both as a starter and off the bench. He has career averages of 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. A 7-footer, he's a very raw prospect with a ton of upside as a long-term project.