Happy Independence Day, folks. Just another day..
Jon Hamm’s Q&A on OKC’s options in keeping Paul George: “Oklahoma City will be able to offer a 5-year contract starting at the max salary (currently estimated to be $30.6 million for him) with 8 percent annual raises off that base salary. Other teams can offer the same starting max salary, but only for up to four seasons with 5 percent raises. The estimated difference between the two: five years and $177 million from his prior team (Oklahoma City in this case), or four years and $131 million from another.”
Erik Horne on how FIBA clearance is also holding up Terrance Ferguson’s rookie deal: “Unlike other prospects typically entering the NBA, Ferguson, 19, is coming off a season as a professional for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia. Players coming from overseas are required to get a letter of clearance from the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in order to play, and Ferguson hasn’t received his yet, a Thunder spokesperson told The Oklahoman on Monday.”
Berry Tramel on why the Thunder will miss Taj Gibson: “The Thunder couldn’t possibly match that kind of salary, even for a valuable player like Gibson. Gibson offers the kind of defensive versatility that is mandatory for NBA success these days. Gibson can guard the post and he can stay with smaller players on the perimeter, to some degree.”