- Trading up
- Potential player trades
- The Clippers collapse
- The Huestis situation
- Playoff update
- …and much more!
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Jason Gallagher of Grantland on why Russ is still winning: “The realest talk: The postseason hasn’t been the same without the Brodie. It feels like the lack of life-threatening dunks followed by screams that petrify the soul is hurting the league, and I expect the competition committee to address how they plan to respond this summer. ICYMI: Priority list goes … 3. End divisions 2. Fix Hack-a-Shaq 1. Institute a rule mandating that Russell Westbrook plays in every postseason.”
Darnell Mayberry on Dion Waiters: “An argument can be made that Waiters would be better served simply taking a 3-pointer, which obviously has the potential for awarding an additional point for moving just a few feet back, or getting to the basket, where he can take a higher percentage shot, get fouled and go to the free throw line or kick out to an open man spotting up on the perimeter. But Waiters believes the step-back is a crucial counter for any suspecting defender who might be playing the drive, the kick or the 3-pointer.” Keep Reading…
Now that the Thunder is locked into the 14th overall selection in the draft, it’s time to work up some deals and trade up. I mean, trade down for what, am I right?
(I’m so sorry. The back button is in your upper left-hand corner.)
Before fans could get RealGM’s Trade Checker loaded, Sam Presti slammed on the brakes for us like a driver’s education teacher. “I think history shows it’s not an easy proposition to move up into the lottery.”
It’s not impossible, but the conditions have to be perfect (which, frankly, is no different than any other NBA trade). There have been a few deals involving top-10 picks in the past few drafts. If history is indeed any indication, the Thunder may not have the goods to move up, or they may not be willing to part with what it would take to do so. Keep Reading…
Zach Lowe of Grantland on the lottery: “Ruiter hadn’t planned to bring a good-luck charm, he told me afterward, as we were all sequestered together without any form of outside communication until the end of the television broadcast. He’s not even sure how the Wolves picked him to be in the drawing room alongside heavy hitters like Sam Presti and Rich Cho, the GMs of the Thunder and Hornets, respectively. As he was rushing to pack, though, Ruiter decided he needed to bring some token. He glanced at a safe in his office, opened it up, and yanked out the birth certificates of his two children — Griffin, 11, and Meredith, 9. He folded them up and had them in his suit pocket for the lottery.”
Royce Webb of ESPN.com: “One reason tanking isn’t synonymous with game-fixing or match-fixing (which is illegal in sports across the globe) appears to be that it’s so ingrained in NBA culture that we expect teams to try to lose to improve their draft position – to win by losing. Indeed, the anger in New York among Knicks fans on Tuesday night appeared to be directed at Jackson, coach Derek Fisher and the Knicks for winning a pair of games at the end of the season that hurt their lottery odds — rage that had flared up even as the games were happening, to the point where Fisher had to make a statement defending himself and his team for winning.” Keep Reading…
On today’s episode we talk to Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports about the plethora of draft options the Thunder have. We talk about the following prospects and topics:
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Chad Ford of ESPN Insider has OKC taking Cameron Payne: “The Thunder need a long-term starter at the 2 guard, but they need a player who’s ready sooner rather than later. But at this portion of the draft I’m not sure that player is available.They also could use help behind Russell Westbrook at the point and Payne seems like a terrific option. He’s heady, crafty and his balance between scoring the basketball and shooting it appears just about perfect. R.J. Hunter, Kelly Oubre and Jerian Grant are other strong possibilities in OKC.”
Tim Bontemps of the NY Post: “With this team clearly in win-now mode, Grant could provide the Thunder with a ready-made replacement for Reggie Jackson, whom they traded last season, as a player with the ability to back up and play with Russell Westbrook in the backcourt.” Keep Reading…
The Thunder are getting the 14th pick. That’s done and settled. What they’re doing with that pick, though, is not. They could trade it down, trade it up, keep it, or move out altogether. Sam Presti, as you’d expect, said all options would be considered with the pick, but did note that the Thunder are more likely to trade down than trade up.
Here’s a transcript of a brief phone call with him tonight: Keep Reading…
Apparently Russell Westbrook’s grandma outfit didn’t possess any lucky powers.
As expected, the Thunder have the 14th overall pick in this year’s NBA draft. They had a 98.2 percent chance of landing No. 14, and the odds played out. No team sitting 14th has ever moved into the top three of the NBA draft.
Now the attention turns to who will be available at 14, and what the Thunder will be looking for. There’s chatter they’re focused on guards and point guards, but there’s really a number of directions they could look, which include possibly trading this season’s pick for future ones. Keep Reading…