Oklahoma City Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka (9) reacts to a basket during the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. Lakers won in double OT 114-106. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder Reportedly Agree To 4-Year Contract Extension

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Serge Ibaka have reportedly reached an agreement on a four-year contract extension.

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If KD Trains With LeBron, Then Here Are The 11 Players The Rest Of The Thunder Roster Should Train With

Kevin Durant and LeBron James decided to workout together in preparation of the 2012-13 NBA season, but not to be left out, here are 11 other Thunder players who may or may not be working out with other NBA stars in the off-season.

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Serge Ibaka Says His Intention Was To Stay With Thunder Since Rookie Season

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka said on Monday that he always intended to re-sign with the team.

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Serge Ibaka Could Skip 2016 Rio Olympics

Serge Ibaka got a silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics after losing to the Americans in the Gold Medal game with his native Spain. It seems that Ibaka was none too happy about how he was being used by the Spanish team during its medal run though, as he has reportedly said he might not come to the 2016 Olympics to play for Spain:

Ibaka averaged 15.2 minutes a game for Spain and saw his minutes slide, but that was for a few reasons. First, the simple fact is he is not as good as Marc Gasol or Pau Gasol — not today, not during the Olympics. And certainly not in an international style game where the Gasols have played with the other members of that team for more than a decade.

The Thunder big man had reportedly kept his distance from teammates during their medal run thanks to his disappointment with not being used enough on the team. He recently signed a huge contract extension with the Thunder and looked poised to be a pretty big provider on the aging Spain team come 2016. That might not happen if he decides not the show up after all.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City and join the discussion.

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James Harden: Why the Beard Has Everything He Needs To Make His Decision

James Harden likes to have fun, but can his desire to wild out cloud his judgment on signing with the Oklahoma City Thunder versus another team? In a word, no.

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James Harden Could Become Target For Phoenix Suns

Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden is set to become a restricted free agent next summer, and one interested team could be the Phoenix Suns, according to Paola Bolvin of the Arizona Republic.

One obvious link is that Harden played his collegiate ball at Arizona State, but perhaps not as commonly known is that Harden's mom still lives in Arizona. Harden has a home in the area as well.

Suns fans probably took notice when the Thunder extended Serge Ibaka by four years after already having Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins under contract long term. Harden, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, could be the odd man out in OKC, although Mike Prada of SB Nation thinks Ibaka's signing will have the opposite effect on his status with the team.

As Bolvin points out, it'll likely come down to whether Harden will want a max deal --- which Phoenix could potentially offer --- or wants to stick around with a budding powerhouse in Oklahoma City.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome to Loud City.

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James Harden Likely To Stay With OKC Thunder

Some fans' inclinations after seeing the Oklahoma City Thunder had agreed to a four-year contract extension with Serge Ibaka meant the team would have less money to keep around James Harden, but Mike Prada at SB Nation thinks it means just the opposite.

If anything, the $48 million extension could make it more likely that Harden stays with the core built around Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins and now Ibaka, even if the team will be paying $51 million of it's $70 payroll before hitting the luxury tax to four players in 2013-14.

That might make it hard to see the small-market team also keeping Harden, but if one looks at the hometown discounts taken by Westbrook (who signed a standard max deal and not a "super max" deal) and Ibaka (whose deal, compared to other big men like Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert, could've been a lot higher), then there's potentially an extra $6 million or so left to add to the Harden negotiations.

Not to mention to precedent set by teams like the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers of superstar players teaming up to form super teams. If winning matters to Harden, it's tough to envision a better situation for him to be than in OKC.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome to Loud City.

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The State of the Thunder Address: Pushing All Your Chips In

The Oklahoma City Thunder are officially at a crossroads this summer and there's only one option left for this organization. Win it all.

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Serge Ibaka's Contract With OKC Thunder Worth Up To $51.5 Million

Serge Ibaka's four-year contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder is for $49 million guaranteed and could be worth up to $51.5 million, according to HoopsHype.com.

Ibaka's four-year deal reach even higher than the originally reported $48 million value if certain team and individual goals are met.

The Thunder are looking to lock up the core of their team for the long-term and have successfully done so with three of their top four players with Ibaka, Russel Westbrook and Kevin Durant now signed long-term. The only player missing is James Harden, whom the Thunder have stated they are working hard to extend as well. Harden is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after the expiration of his rookie contract next summer.

Ibaka, at just 23 years old, has turned into one of the elite defensive players in the NBA in his four seasons with the Thunder and average 9.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game last season.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome to Loud City.

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OKC Thunder Focused On Keeping James Harden

The Oklahoma City Thunder are planning on keeping James Harden around long-term, despite signing Serge Ibaka to a four-year, $48 million dollar deal.

Whether or not Harden decides to sign another contract to remain in Oklahoma City is ultimately up to him, but the Thunder are going to do everything they can in an effort to keep Harden around.

"We're going to continue our conversations with James. We very much value him," Presti said. "We want him to be a part of our organization moving forward. We're excited that he's a member of the Thunder and we're hopeful that he'll be with us for years moving forward."

Harden will likely have to take slightly less money to stay in Oklahoma City, as Kurt Helin points out. Otherwise, Harden will hit restricted free agency next summer and could seek out a max contract from another team in the league.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome To Loud City and join the discussion.


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Serge Ibaka Contract Leaves James Harden In Questionable Territory With OKC Thunder

With news that the Oklahoma City Thunder have agreed to yet another long-term contract extension with one of the team's four core players -- Serge Ibaka, in this case -- fans have more reason than ever to rest easy about the team's ability to compete for the long-term with the largest markets in the NBA.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are already in the fold, giving the team a dynamite defender in the post, an elite point guard and the game's scoring leader locked up for a while. But what about their celebrated sixth man, one good enough to make the latest Team USA roster for the London Olympic games.

The Harden angle of all of this becomes infinitely more interesting with the deal for Ibaka. Durant and Westbrook were no-brainers, but the strategy became questionable when thinking about investing in the next tier of players. Ibaka and Harden are both nearing elite status as well in the NBA, and Harden would likely be there faster in the greater NBA conversation if playing for another team. As it is, he's still well-respected enough to warrant inclusion on Team USA.

"This deal leaves the future uncertain for guard James Harden, who could command a maximum contract on the league market as a restricted free agent next summer," writes Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. "Along with the remainder of Kendrick Perkins' three years and $27 million, the small-market Thunder will be hard-pressed to invest so much money into their payroll."

The question always revolved around Harden vs. Ibaka for assumedly final extension. There's no rule stating that the team cannot break the bank for Harden as well. If Clay Bennett and company want to pay the luxury tax to keep the feared foursome together, then he's allowed to do that. But millionaires become millionaires by knowing when to invest and when to cut costs. It's hard to imagine that the NBA roster changes the rules at all for the owner.

Perkins adds the asset the team will need in the middle as long as Dwight Howard stays in Los Angeles, and that's what further complicates the deal. Perkins is the man who should leave on paper. With Perkins' ongoing injury concerns (94 games played over the last two NBA seasons), it's hard to believe the team would choose to lose Harden while paying Perkins to defend the interior for such a cost. Yet his toughness inside is the sweet spot for the team's chances next season.

The good news is that Ibaka is done and locked up but it doesn't mean the work is over. If anything, it signals that Harden's days alongside his teammates might be numbered. Perhaps not and that is what Thunder fans have to hope for, but general manager Sam Presti has made his next move. It's a great one but it also potentially comes with some consequences of its own.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome to Loud City.

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Serge Ibaka Contract: Oklahoma City Thunder Reportedly Agree To $48 Million Extension

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to a 4-year, $48 million dollar extension with forward Serge Ibaka.

Ibaka will turn 23 in September as he prepares for his fourth NBA season with the Thunder. With the extension, general manager Sam Presti and the Thunder avoid allowing Ibaka to become a restricted free agent next summer.

The front court player has been a key defensive presence for the young OKC team, starting every game last season while averaging 9.1 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game and 3.7 blocks per game.

The extension of Ibaka may mean that NBA sixth man of the year James Harden is heading into his last season with the Thunder. Like Ibaka, Harden is in the final year of his rookie contract, and if he's not signed by next summer, he would become a restricted free agent.

For the latest on the Oklahoma City Thunder, be sure to check out Welcome to Loud City.

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