It’s Monday. These are the Bolts.
Brett Dawson with a great look at the Thunder’s year-round NBA Draft process: “For this year’s draft, Dawkins said, the Thunder built profiles on about 300 players, some far more detailed then others. Only 60 players will be drafted on June 22, but Oklahoma City’s draft board probably will have twice as many names as that. The data remains on file, updated for players the Thunder might pursue in free agency or via trade, like Oladipo. In the short term, it’s for building the board. From the probable No. 1 pick to prospects unlikely to be drafted, the Thunder will rank dozens of players precisely. Each time a player from the board is drafted, his name comes off. Whoever’s at the top of the list when it comes time for OKC to pick will be the choice.”
Fred Katz on the not-so-simple decision regarding Jerami Grant’s team option: “If the Thunder pick up the team option, Grant would be an unrestricted free agent after next season. Declining it would turn him into a restricted free agent this summer, when the Thunder would be able to match any possible offer sheet he signs to bring him back to Oklahoma City for the same price. He would also be hitting the open market while still an unfinished product. Grant contributed to the Thunder this season because of his defensive versatility and athleticism, but he’s still raw. And teams still wonder about what type of player he could become.”
CBS Sports has OKC taking Luke Kennard in their latest mock — and trading up to do so: “The Thunder spot an opportunity to trade up and get their perfect guy, sending the 21st pick and Jerami Grant to Milwaukee for the chance to take Kennard. I think Kennard is the most underrated player in this draft; he also happens to be the perfect 3-point-shooting, confident player the Thunder need alongside Russell Westbrook. Kennard could develop into a lefty J.J. Redick in time.”