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Everybody has had that one moment in their life. The moment where many are telling you to go in one direction, but you just feel the pull from the other direction. Be it a decision early in life, such as choosing between colleges or between going to college or joining the military. Or maybe something life-altering, like choosing a spouse. Or maybe it’s deciding how you want to live your live. Regardless of the decision, people that care for you (and sometimes those that don’t) like to offer opinions as to what they would do if given the same circumstances. In the end, though, you, as a person, have to do what you feel is right. Everybody has been there. Sometimes it works great. Sometimes it turns out to be disastrous. But whatever you chose, it was your decision. Keep Reading…
Zach Lowe of ESPN.com: “Clippers coach Doc Rivers has talked publicly about keeping the gang together in Los Angeles, and even the much-discussed Griffin-Durant sign-and-trade is unwieldy; any player acquired in a sign-and-trade must sign for at least three seasons, meaning Durant would forfeit the one-year-deal route in agreeing to that arrangement.”
Anthony Slater: “Would Horford be worth all of that? He’s a four-time All-Star, a double-digit per night scorer, an adept passer and one of the league’s smartest defenders. Plus he’d seem to fit beautifully into Billy Donovan’s familiar system. Horford played three seasons under Donovan at Florida and won two national titles. The two remain close. There’s no telling which direction OKC will go. But it’s clear that Sam Presti is formulating some intriguing options just in time to present them to Durant on Friday.” Keep Reading…
Via Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, the Thunder are drawing a target on Al Horford, and have been calling around the league looking for cap-friendly teams that could absorb contracts to make it possible.
As they prepare to make their pitch to Kevin Durant, the Oklahoma City Thunder have been making calls around the league looking to clear a massive amount of salary-cap space in a move rival executives believe is an effort to go after free agent Al Horford in addition to Durant, multiple sources told ESPN.
Over the past several days, the Thunder have sought out teams with open salary-cap space to possibly absorb Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, sources said. The Thunder have other methods of opening cap space, including waiving Anthony Morrow, whose contract isn’t guaranteed until July 15.
Horford is drawing interest from a number of places, and there’s no strong indication about which way he’s leaning. But the Thunder have the Billy Donovan card to play, knowing the connection to his former college coach might be enough to sway him. Keep Reading…
Kevin Durant’s free agency has been written about and talked about and videoed about ad nauseam for the past year (including a recent piece in the Oklahoma Gazette by some weirdo). If there’s anything you feel like you’re missing, just google “Kevin Durant Free Agency” and read away. You’ll find all the info on Durant’s various options this summer.
Some lingering questions remain and some really creative people have ideas. Here are a few paraphrased concepts that I’ve come across recently: Keep Reading…
Durant on the Oladipo trade: “It’s a good move. I like Oladipo. He’s a good buddy, a friend of mine, and I’m definitely going to miss playing with Serge. He contributed so much to our organization and to the city, and he’s a pioneer for what he’s done for us and it’s always going to be remembered in OKC what he’s done for the community and his hard work on the court, so we wish him the best.”
Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer: “Durant will most likely sign a one-and-one contract with the Thunder, with a player option on the second year, which would allow him to hit free agency in 2017, when the cap is projected to rise once again. However, he’s never been a player to court the spotlight and he is only a year removed from breaking his foot, the type of injury that can instantly derail the career of a player his size. Everything else is on pause until he makes a decision, as none of the six teams he’s taking a meeting with — the Thunder, the Warriors, the Celtics, the Heat, the Spurs, and the Clippers — can afford to pass on even the slightest chance of adding a player who can change the trajectory of their franchise.” Keep Reading…
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OK, I’ve got two things I want to get off my chest because they’re annoying me and it would take 600 tweets to get it all out there. Surprise, they’re about Kevin Durant’s free agency.
Sam Presti finally upgraded the position people have been begging him to for years: the shooting guard. It came with the hefty price of dealing away Serge Ibaka, but this fills a clear hole for the Thunder. Among all the shooting guard rotations in the league, OKC ranked last in points per chance, 21st in open+ field goal percentage, 28th in points per shot, and last in assist+ per 100 chances. That’s bad. The good news is Victor Oladipo helps in all those areas, while also making a positive impact on the defensive end. The Thunder shooting guard rotation ranked seventh in points against per shot last season and there is no reason they can’t repeat or improve on that.
Most OKC fans have watched Oladipo highlights and the 2 games he went off against the Thunder this season, but just how much of an upgrade is he over the current crop of shooting guards? Let’s take a look. Keep Reading…