Welcome to June. These are the Bolts.
Erik Horne on how most teams don’t build via free agency: “The names started leaking out across Twitter, names of players who had decided to opt out of the final year of their contracts in hopes of hitting a mighty windfall in free agency this summer. Indiana’s C.J. Miles and Denver’s Danilo Gallinari on Monday. The oft-mentioned Rudy Gay opted out of his final year at the beginning of May. But The NBA Finals start with two teams constructed not solely from the success of free agency. Landing big-name free agents isn’t just a missing link for the Thunder, it’s non-existent for most NBA teams.”
Basketball Insiders with their latest mock draft: The names mentioned alongside Oklahoma City are John Collins (PF/Wake Forest), Donovan Mitchell (SG/Louisville), Luke Kennard (SG/Duke) and Semi Ojeleye (SF/SMU).
The Washington Post counted the Top 40 players since the ABA/NBA merger: It’s cool to see Russell Westbrook on the list, but this is one of those things you could argue about all day. The absence of Manu Ginobili feels like the greatest injustice here.