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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Russell Westbrook is closing in on another triple-double. He and his wife, Nina, announced on Tuesday they are having twin girls due this fall, joining their one-and-half year old son, Noah.

Jalen: OKC now 6-7 seed in West with Westbrook injury (1:56)
Pierce: Westbrook injury 'unfortunate' for OKC (1:05)
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7dRoyce Young

Westbrook has knee surgery, may miss games

Russell Westbrook might miss the opening few games of the 2018-19 season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.

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Mo Cheeks, the Thunder's Westbrook whisperer

The OKC assistant and new Hall of Famer might be the only person in the NBA who can journey into the eye of a Russell Westbrook storm, and calm it.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

The current standings for the 8 teams in the luxury tax: 1) OKC-$73.75M 2) GSW- $44.70M 3) TOR- $34.50M 4) HOU- $20.44M 5) WAS- $18.32M 6) POR- $12.58M 7) BOS- $6.03M and 8) MIA- $4.86M. The 22 teams below the tax currently project to receive $4.88M in distribution money. That number is a projection and will increase or decrease by the end of the regular season. Last season, 26 teams received $2.21M.

Bobby Marks ESPN 

Oklahoma City will see their tax bill drop from $93.2M to $73.8M by using the stretch provision on Kyle Singler. The Thunder will incur a $999K cap hit over the next five seasons on Singler and would receive a minor set-off if the forward signs with another team. The Thunder benefit based on the ability of using the 2019-20 season that was non-guaranteed as part of the stretch provision. With the Carmelo Anthony trade to Atlanta and now the Singler waiver, Oklahoma City has saved $89.5M in salary and luxury tax since July 15.

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Our preseason BPI ratings predict how many points per game better or worse every team is relative to the NBA average.

Will George regret not giving Lakers a shot? (2:10)
Does the NBA need super teams? (2:00)
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George: Lakers miffed he wouldn't hear pitch

Paul George said on the Short Story Long Podcast that the Lakers were "pissed" at him for declining to meet with them and instead re-signing with the Thunder.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice job by Oklahoma City Thunder rookie and Queens (NY) native Hamidou Diallo, who hosted Hamidou Diallo Day last Friday in Queens. Guests received food and raffle prizes and youth basketball teams played games at the event.

Russ and Harden put on a show in celebrity game (0:59)
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36dRoyce Young

Melo letter thanks OKC, fans for 'genuine support'

Carmelo Anthony, whose one season with the Thunder featured career lows nearly across the board, wrote a letter to thank the team and its fans for "genuine support."

Russell Westbrook on Paul George, dealing with fame (2:22)
Russell Westbrook on SI cover, Chinese fashion (2:57)
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40dIan Begley

NBA releases schedule; Kawhi visits Spurs in Jan.

The NBA released its schedule for the 2018-19 season on Friday, with Kawhi Leonard, traded to Toronto in the offseason, scheduled to visit San Antonio in January.

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42dIan Begley

LeBron to face Rockets in first L.A. home game

The Los Angeles Lakers face the Golden State Warriors to highlight the Christmas Day schedule, and LeBron James' home debut as a Laker will be against the Houston Rockets on Oct. 20, the NBA announced in releasing part of its schedule.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

League sources: The Thunder will visit the Rockets on Christmas.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nice job by Carmelo Anthony, whose foundation partnered with the NBPA and the City of Johannesburg to refurbish a basketball court in White City, Jabavu, Soweto. (Credit: Rae-Vaughn Lucas)

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

The Thunder are finalizing adding Bob Beyer to Billy Donovan's coaching staff, replacing Adrian Griffin who left to join the Raptors. Beyer most recently was an assistant with the Pistons, and formerly the head coach at Siena.

Westbrook dominates pickup game at UCLA (0:57)
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51dDave McMenamin

LeBron: New L.A. teammates share hoops love

LeBron James says people should evaluate his new Lakers teammates for their common love of basketball rather than their questionable reputations.

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