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The Oklahoma City Thunder announced two of its most recent additions this morning, welcoming Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton to the organization. The men were flanked by GM Sam Presti and head coach Billy Keep reading »
Fred Katz on Ronnie Price’s dead money: “The Oklahoma City Thunder will pay Ronnie Price $2.4 million in 2017-18 not to play for them. The move that got them here isn’t most damaging one general manager Sam Presti ever made, but it’s certainly one of the most inexplicable.”
Nick Collison isn’t sold on retirement after the 2017-18 season: “I don’t know for sure. I know I’m a lot closer to the end than the beginning. It’s hard to ever close a door. You just never know for sure.”
Erik Horne on how Paul George has already changed the Thunder: “Before George even plays a game, his acquisition is being viewed as a win, an addition that changes the Thunder just by having him on the roster. Here’s how.”
Russell Westbrook has been enjoying vacation in Cabo: “Russell Westbrook’s offseason has been busy with award shows from winning the MVP award to being named Best Male Athlete at the ESPYS. But on Friday he got some time to relax. He posted videos on social media of himself singing and dancing on a boat in Cabo San Lucas.”
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The Thunder officially signed Dakari Johnson today. It probably doesn’t mean much, other than the Thunder have a 15th guy, but here he is tearing up the D/G-League.
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Dakari Johnson will be signing with the Thunder for two guaranteed years: “Johnson, the 7-foot center who’s spent the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA Development League, will sign a guaranteed two-year contract with the Thunder, The Vertical reported on Thursday night. Johnson, 21, was a first-team All-NBA Development League selection this season after averaging 18.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the Blue. He was the youngest player named to the first team.”
Bleacher Report lists “Literally Nothing” as OKC’s biggest bonehead move of the offseason: “Trading for Paul George was a brilliant move and not just because the return was so minimal. Giving up Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis should’ve been an easy decision, particularly when the former is already working on a contract that pays him $21 million for each of the next four seasons. George is a perfect fit next to Russell Westbrook, giving the dynamic point guard and reigning MVP a top-notch spot-up threat who can also cover up defensive deficiencies. But was Presti done yet? Of course not! He re-signed Andre Roberson, a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate moving forward, to a bargain of a contract ($30 million over three years). Ditto for Patrick Patterson (regarding his deal, not the DPOY candidacy), and it’s not like Raymond Felton is a bad find as a backup point guard.”
Erik Horne on why Russell Westbrook’s extension is about more than money: “Westbrook’s contract is the last big domino to potentially fall for the Thunder before the seasons starts in October. He’s eligible to sign a supermax Designated Veteran Player Exception, which would pay him more than $235 million over six seasons, the largest contract in NBA history. While the Thunder feels optimistic about Westbrook re-signing, there are circumstances for the superstar that make it more difficult than just taking the big money.”
According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Oklahoma City Thunder has signed center Dakari Johnson to a guaranteed two-year contract.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are signing 2015 second-rounder Dakari Johnson to a guaranteed two-year deal, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2017
Bleacher Report gives OKC an A+++ on its free agency report card: “Rolling the dice on a Paul George rental is the biggest risk they took, and considering what they gave up to land him, it’s hardly a shot in the dark. Either he stays, and they have the perfect superstar complement to Russell Westbrook, or he leaves, and they begin a rebuild without Victor Oladipo’s four-year, $84.4 million contract weighing them down. Oklahoma City’s other moves have been similarly win-win.”
Jenni Carlson on the sunset jerseys being gone but not forgotten: “Even though the jerseys were only worn on Sundays, there were wins this past season alone against the Lakers, Pelicans, Celtics, Timberwolves, Kings, Blazers, Pelicans again and Nuggets — and that last victory, of course, was Russell Westbrook’s record-setting game. He notched his 42nd triple double and drilled the game-winner in Denver. Images of him celebrating that final shot have been seen far and wide, again and again, and he was wearing the sunset jersey.”
Brett Dawson on Troy Weaver being content as Assistant GM: “At 49, he’s still intrigued by lining up a team in just the right way, though Weaver now gets that fix through team-building. As general manager Sam Presti’s right-hand man, his input is all over the Thunder’s roster. And though, 13 years into his NBA career, Weaver hasn’t quarterbacked his own franchise as a general manager, he’s content for now on a team of decision makers, continuing a partnership with Presti that dates back to the Thunder’s days as the Seattle SuperSonics.”
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