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Berry Tramel: “Donovan’s public access has been minimal. A few interviews. A video encouraging the Florida softball team before it won the Women’s College World Series. That’s about it. The Thunder missed the playoffs this season; May and June is no time to be in the spotlight if you aren’t in the postseason. And Donovan was low-key Saturday, dressed casual and standing off to the side as the newest Thunder, sitting alongside Sam Presti, filled in our gaps of the Cam Payne campaign. Donovan was low-key but not off-putting. He’s personable and engaging. Seems to have constructed few walls. That’s encouraging. I hate it that it didn’t work out for Scotty Brooks and I hope the Foreman coaches an NBA title team some day. But I think we’re going to like Donovan. We the press and we the people.”
Anthony Slater on Cameron Payne: “But it didn’t take long to adapt. By Year 2, as Cameron exploded onto the national scene, Leshawn was a fixture in the Murray State crowd. Her enthusiastic personality had earned her a reserved seat in the student section, where she handed out pom-poms and wore her now legendary customized shirts, complete with pictures of her son and slogans like ‘Cam Nation.’ So don’t blame her for feeling a brief bout of sadness when Cam decided to turn pro a few months ago, forgoing his final two collegiate seasons to chase a lifelong dream.” Keep Reading…
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Via KOCO’s Carson Cunningham. We’ll all miss your terrible Instagram videos, Lambo.
Chad Ford: “Payne is a super-talented point guard who played a bit under the radar at Murray State. The Thunder needed a backup for point guard Russell Westbrook. Not only will Payne be able to handle that duty, but he is also great insurance in case Westbrook eventually bolts. The Thunder get great value here at No. 14.”
From FiveThirtyEight: “Kentucky center Dakari Johnson, for example, ranks 30th according to the scouts (using the same version of Ford’s top 100 that we used in the model, from late May) and has barely any chance of becoming a superstar (2 percent), but he ranks sixth overall in the model because he has a 37 percent probability of turning into a starting-caliber player and only a 19 percent chance of becoming an outright bust.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder selected Murray State guard Cameron Payne with the 14th overall pick. He spoke briefly with the media via a conference call following the first round Thursday. Here’s a transcript:
What was the whole draft night experience like for you?
“It was crazy. When I heard my name called, a lot of things went through my head, like, ‘Man, Cam, you finally did what you always dreamed of.’ Just a great moment that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder used the 14th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft to take guard Cameron Payne from Murray State. There were other intriguing options on the board — Jerian Grant, Kelly Oubre, Sam Dekker — but the supposed promised player was the one they went with in the end.
Payne is a 6-foot-2 lefty playmaking guard that will come in as the third point on the team behind Russell Westbrook and D.J. Augustin. Also important: He talks in the third person and doesn’t know how to use a selfie stick.
If the trade stays as-is, Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider gives OKC a C+: “Depending how much the Thunder spend to re-sign restricted free agents Enes Kanter and Kyle Singler, they were looking at paying 3.25 times Lamb’s $3 million salary in taxes, so moving his contract for the $1 million guaranteed portion of Barnes’ 2015-16 salary enables them to save about $8.5 million. Given how unlikely Lamb was to contribute, trading him was a no-brainer. It was just a matter of what, if anything, Oklahoma City could get in return.”
Darnell Mayberry with some new details: “Previous reports indicated that the Thunder would receive the non-guaranteed contract of Matt Barnes in exchange for Lamb, with OKC immediately waiving Barnes to shed salary. But neither Barnes nor his contract is coming to OKC, The Oklahoman has learned. The Thunder is in pursuit of a draft pick for Lamb, although his lack of playing time over the past three seasons has sabotaged his trade value. Charlotte owns the ninth overall pick in Thursday’s draft, as well as the 39th overall selection. The Thunder, however, isn’t expected to receive either of those picks. The more likely scenario under the proposed deal is Charlotte sending OKC a future draft pick.” Keep Reading…