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Enes Kanter at the top of Thunder's list

The Thunder's two main goals include re-signing the offensively talented center from Turkey and inking fellow restricted free agent Kyle Singler .

Ridnour's contract worth more than Ridnour (2:32)

Thunder: G Luke Ridnour traded to Raptors for draft rights to F Tomislav Zubcic; Ridnour's 4th trade in the last week

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Ridnour traded for 4th time this week

After being traded from the Magic to the Grizzlies to the Hornets to the Thunder all in 26 hours last week, Luke Ridnour has now been traded to the Raptors along with cash, while Toronto sent Tomislav Zubcic's rights to OKC.

Thunder: Maurice Cheeks hired as assistant, giving Donovan 2 former NBA head coaches on staff (Monty Williams, Cheeks)

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Thunder ready to compete after draft

After selecting Murray State guard Cameron Payne as a lottery pick (No. 14), Oklahoma City is even closer to contending again next season. Second-rounder Dakari Johnson will need time to develop, but the team still earned a thumbs-up from ESPN's Royce Young. Draft thumbs-up or thumbs-down

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Cameron Payne a great fit for OKC

Rounding out the lottery, the Thunder did well to take a high-upside talent who immediately becomes a strong backup for Russell Westbrook. Chad Ford also likes the choice of Dakari Johnson -- a steady, reliable bench big man -- in the second round. A strong B-plus. Ford's complete draft grades (Insider)


Thumbs-up or thumbs-down on every team's picks

The Timberwolves, Lakers and 76ers made splashes with the first three selections. How did they -- and the rest of the league -- do Thursday? Our NBA writers assess every team's draft picks.

Thunder: Kentucky C Dakari Johnson selected with 48th pick in NBA Draft; Jay Bilas calls him "situational player"

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Insider profile: Dakari Johnson

Johnson has NBA size and strength but hasn’t produced as expected at Kentucky. His so-so conditioning has also held him back from being an elite prospect. He averaged 6.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game this season. Raw big man

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Johnson picked 48 overall by Oklahoma City

The Thunder select Dakari Johnson (Kentucky) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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No. 14 pick: Thunder select Cameron Payne

The Murray State guard fits the Thunder largely because of a need at the point guard position, both in the present and the future.


A Payne-Westbrook rivalry brewing?

Cam Payne on who's a better dresser, him or Russell Westbrook: "Ooh, you're already trying to start beef. I mean, he's got to be -- on different levels. ... I'm just going to go half and half."


A new state joins the union: Cam-Payne

Cameron Payne when asked if he was going to put his name on the map in OKC: "I'm definitely going to put my name on the map, 'Cam-Payne.'"


Payne's humble third-person perspective

Cameron Payne: "I'm coming in with no bragging rights at all. I'm coming in to do the dirty work. ... There is no ceiling for Cameron Payne."

Payne's fit in OKC

Jalen Rose: "I talked about this team needing a facilitator. Well, he's the third sophomore to average 20 [points] and 6 [assists]. The other two? Penny Hardaway and the guy sitting to my left, Mr. Jay Williams!"


NBA Prospect: Cameron Payne

Chad Ford breaks down Cameron Payne's skill set as Payne gets set to enter the NBA.

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Insider profile: Cameron Payne

Payne has a high basketball IQ and a great balance between scoring the basketball and finding his teammates. He helped key a 22-game win streak for Murray State and averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 6 assists per game this season. Best pick-and-roll point guard?

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game104.05th
Rebounds Per Game47.51st
Assists Per Game20.525th
Points Allowed101.824th

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