Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

Thunder, Nazr Mohammed agree to one-year extension

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Oklahoma City wants to keep its defensive-minded rotation at center in place.

To that end, they have reached a one-year extension with Nazr Mohammed, according to the Oklahoman. Terms of the deal are not public, but as a 13-year veteran you can expect it to be in the $1.5 million to $2 million range. At age 34 next season, just a one-year deal makes sense.

Mohammed is a defense and rebounding backup center, a steady one you can count on which is why the Thunder traded for him mid-season. He along with Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison give the Thunder a number of defensive-minded, paint protecting bigs. That was part of the reason they advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they ran into a hot jump shooting Mavericks team that fired away over the top of those bigs.

This is a good deal for the Thunder, who now move on to bigger fish (or will when the lockout ends) — they need to sign Russell Westbrook to an extension. It will be at or near the max they can offer under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, whatever that number turns out to be.

Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.