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Well, the Oklahoma City Thunder certainly did something on the NBA Trade Deadline. In their only move of the day, they moved Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott, and Chicago’s 2018 unprotected 2nd round pick. In the past eight months, here is a very simplistic view of the last few transactions by the Thunder: Keep Reading…
Jon Hamm for Bleacher Report: “As a result, OKC keeps nearly $5 million of the exception alive through November; It can be used to facilitate future trades if needed. The Thunder also retain a smaller so-called “Room Exception” worth around $2 million for the rest of the regular season. They have long planned to keep this exception available, and it could help them bid for players who are bought out between now and March 1. In essence, the Thunder have acquired Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis, Grant—and now McDermott and Gibson—by trading Ibaka.”
Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider: “If Gibson is just a rental, the price isn’t terrible, particularly because the Thunder retain McDermott and get a second-round pick. But the upside for Oklahoma City this season is limited. I don’t see the Thunder getting any higher than sixth in the West standings, and a first-round matchup against the Houston Rockets isn’t that much more favorable than one against the San Antonio Spurs. Oklahoma City is a long shot to win either series.” Keep Reading…
So the Thunder made a trade. Here it is:
Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow for Doug McDermott, Taj Gibson and a 2018 second round pick.
On the surface, this trade is pretty straightforward: They get a needed floor spacer and scorer in McDermott, a (likely) new starting power forward in Gibson to allow Domas Sabonis to slide to a bench role, and a pick that who cares about.
Some quick thoughts: Keep Reading…
Here’s some complete nonsense from The Big Lead: “While it will depress some Indiana fans, Brad Stevens is almost certainly not leaving the Boston Celtics, but rumors suggest Donovan might be looking to head back to college. He went to Oklahoma City for the opportunity to coach Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and one of those guys is gone now. With Westbrook dominating the ball, any semblance of an offensive system has gone out the window and despite his dominant statistics, the Thunder currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference. While the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors exist in their current forms, the Thunder have no shot at playing for a championship. Donovan has to be keenly aware of that fact.”
Sam Amick of USA Today: “Paul George wants to stay in Indiana. But like so many things this time of year, when the phones are ringing off the hook in NBA offices as the trade deadline nears, the situation between the four-time All-Star and his Indiana Pacers is racked with nuance. So when George met with team owner Herb Simon in recent days and told him that the Hoosier state was still the place for him, how he would love nothing more than to eventually go down as the greatest Pacer of them all, it came with one qualifier. If they can contend for a title. According to a person with knowledge of the meeting who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, that is the crossroads that Pacers president Larry Bird now faces. If the Thursday deadline comes and goes and the Pacers roster remains the same, the pressure rises in a significant way.” Keep Reading…
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Scott Cacciola of the NY Times: “Yet the circumstances could not have been more different three months later when Anthony Bowie, Shaw’s teammate, pulled off one of the more notorious triple-doubles in league history. With Orlando up by 20 points against the Detroit Pistons, Bowie grabbed his 10th rebound and, fully aware that he needed an assist to complete his triple-double, called for a timeout — with 2.7 seconds left. It was not the most glowing display of sportsmanship, and then it somehow got worse. Doug Collins, who was Detroit’s coach, was so irate that he had his players stand near the opposite basket in protest as Bowie passed to a wide-open teammate for his 10th assist. Before the final buzzer had even sounded, the Pistons had stormed off the court.”
Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post: “Russell Westbrook is on pace to become the first player since Oscar Robertson, in 1962, to average a triple-double for a season. On the heels of Stephen Curry becoming the first player to surpass not only 300 three-pointers in a season but 400, finishing with 402 last year, the league is firing triples at an unprecedented rate. Lumbering 7-foot centers jack them up like players a foot shorter. Virtually every team is trying to play smaller and faster and get up more perimeter shots, eschewing the traditional path of playing through dominant centers and relying on defense. Even Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans followed the trend, as a free-flowing series of dunks and threes allowed the West to emerge with a 192-182 victory and Anthony Davis to earn MVP honors with a record-setting 52 points.” Keep Reading…
A little more than a year ago, I put together the first ever Oklahoma City Thunder Trade Value Extravaganza. It was in part a tip of the cap to Bill Simmons’s always entertaining (if not a little misguided) annual column rating the trade value of many NBA players.
With this week being a light week (as the Thunder played just a single game, a win over the New York Knicks), I decided what better way to celebrate the imminent trade deadline (February 23, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. CT) than by unleashing the second edition of the Oklahoma City Thunder Trade Value Extravaganza.
I’ll apply the same ground rules as last year. “Trade value,” for purposes of this column, means, “who would be the most attractive trade bait?” This takes into account several factors such as talent, potential, salary, contract, and anything else my esteemed opinion deems valuable. Moreover, the intent is not prognosticate any actual trade scenarios. Basically, this is one man’s rambling thoughts on subjective player “value” and probably has little basis in reality. Keep Reading…
Zach Lowe of ESPN.com: “Boston is threading a tricky needle. Before they lost Kevin Durant, the Thunder talked about the possibility of contending for titles for something like 15 straight seasons instead of flaming out after a half-decade of ring-chasing. That’s why Sam Presti, their GM, kept the back of the roster stocked with extra picks, and then turned those extra picks into young players on rookie scale contracts. The coffers would always be full. The Thunder are no longer contending. Durant left, and he reportedly grew frustrated with Oklahoma City’s inability to land quality veterans. Boston is at no risk of losing a player near Durant’s caliber, and if they simply keep their picks, they have a chance to be very good for a very long time. The status quo is the safest route. They won’t jeopardize it for a rental (Ibaka) or a ball-dominant star who could ruin their culture (Cousins).”
Chris Mannix of The Vertical: “The result was, well, anticlimactic. About a minute in Westbrook tossed an entry pass to a (sort of) posting up Durant. Westbrook cut and Durant found him with an alley-oop that Westbrook finished at the rim. He pointed in Durant’s direction and tapped his former teammate when he passed him on the other end of the floor. And that was it. A timeout was called moments later, and the Western Conference bench mock celebrated around the two stars. And then Durant was gone, subbed out. In total, Westbrook and Durant shared 82 seconds of court time – and that was the most significant moment.” Keep Reading…