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IF we slide out of playoffs, we could waive our top- 18 protection and let Philly keep it, along with Lamb and Jones for a less heavily protected future 1st rounder. Those guys are dead salary on our team, but could be rotation players for 76ers. Looks like chicken salad to me.
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder need playoff experience more than a lottery pick
Midseason trade- Reggie & Perk to Det for Monroe & Jennings. Git er done Presti.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Thunder fail to reach extension for Reggie Jackson
Sign & trade for Greg Monroe. Perk & Nick's expiring contracts + Lamb and 2015 1st rd pick. Start him at 14 mill w/ decrease in salary each year. Nick will be out the door next yr anyway- and the cap expansion from NBA's new tv contract in 2 yrs should allow us to keep core down the road.
9 months ago on Why it’s not now or never for KD in OKC
Trade idea- Lamb, PJ3, Our 1st rd pick, DAL pick, all 3 trade exceptions to Utah for Gordon Hayward. Utah will be woefully under the min. salary threshold next year and could really, really use those trade exceptions. They are also in complete rebuild mode and may value those prospects and picks more than a single good- not great- but really good SG/SF who shoots north of 40% from 3, finishes well and plays defense. A variation on this deal would have us adding Perk for Biedrins as well. Salaries match this yr (biedrins is expiring)- would help them meet min salary level next year with a big expiring contract and save us the expense of amnestying Perk in 14/15.
1 year, 5 months ago on 2013-14 Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence
@Legendary_Dork @Steve H Well no, not literally afraid. I mean mugged some Dallas players last season, but I'm pretty sure they don't know where I live.
1 year, 9 months ago on Friday Bolts – 7.5.13
@[corporate shill] @OBoy @Steve H you guys are proving my position. If we have to rely on them being hurt=not good. We need a real center and a real coach, or we are not going to win a title.
Screw Miami- I am officially afraid of G-State. Starting line up of Curry, Thompson, Iguodala, Lee and Bogut? Throw in a seriously good coach- a little pee just came out.
Thunder send Perk (8.5 mill this yr/9.1 nxt yr), our 2014 1st rounder and the DAL future pick to PHX for Gortat and Shannon Brown's expiring contracts totaling 11.2 mill. Neither of those guys will be on their team next year anyway, and by taking the extra 2.7 mill in salary this year, we help defray the cost of eating the last year of Perk's deal. Perk can mentor Len on the art of interior defense, and really help out in their drive to tank for a top 14' pick. We get an honest to God 2 way center NOW that we should be able to re-sign for around 8mill per, as well as a quality 3rd string PG in Brown.
1 year, 9 months ago on A Thunder free agency primer
Perk +32nd pick+DAL future pick to BOS for KG. Package 29th+ 12th picks to move up to 10 and snag Adams. Russ, Reggie, Thabo and Lamb can platoon our guard spots just fine, w/ Liggons on board for insurance. Make it happen Sam!
1 year, 9 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 6.27.13
I think the real question is whether Presti thinks that Rivers is a better coach than Brooks. If Presti can make a move to improve the team that doesn't break the bank or jeopardize our future- he should do it.
1 year, 10 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 6.19.13
Here's a crazy idea- What if we offered the Celtics a variation on the deal the Clips turned down? Doc Rivers and Garnett (we would make him our starting center) for Brooks (good rebuilding coach- he would have to agree, but the BOS job is better than he could expect to get at the moment) for Perk (cheaper than Jordan), Lamb, our first rounder and the DAL future pick?
My hope is that he plans on trading picks/Lamb for an established player.
1 year, 10 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 6.11.13
For a team with 2 1/2 first rd picks(yes, 32nd counts as 1/2), we sure aren't working out a lot of guys. Presti tipping his hand?
Entirely agree- we ARE on the clock with those guys, and need to make moves to improve our title chances or risk losing them down the road. I am particularly worried about losing Russ to his hometown, deep pocket Lakers if he doesn't have a title or two under his belt in the coming years.
1 year, 10 months ago on Monday Bolts – 6.10.13
If we were able to swing a trade w/ PHX with Perk, Lamb and some picks to induce them to swallow Perk's contract, we would need Brown's contract to be included as well to make the salaries even out.
1 year, 10 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – Congrats TBJ Edition
If we draft a center at 12 my preference is Smith- even better would moving picks and Perk+ Lamb for an established center. Presti has a ton of options- can't wait to see what he does.
1 year, 10 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 6.4.13
When you put it like that- I'm OK with Perk continuing to start.
While I would prefer to see Zeller starting to another year of Perk, we'll see monkeys fly out of my butt before Brooks starts a rookie center in favor of Perkins.
Thanks- I know it's a pipe dream, but its my pipe dream.
1 year, 10 months ago on Friday Bolts – 5.31.13
BOS is in DESPERATE need of a center- that's why they had KD playing out of position a 5 all year. Nor can they afford the price of a decent FA center b/c they are going to be nominal tax payers this yr. Bass is their 3rd string PF behind KG and Green if they have a starting 5- small price to pay in trade. They may be the only team in the league to value Perk's play based on their history with him.
No man- Horford would be our new starting center- and that would truely be a beautiful thing.
Looking to trade up in draft to acquire Steve Adams. Atlanta would love to land CP3 and Dwight, but offering max contracts for both will leave little $ leftover to fill out roster that only has 3 guaranteed contracts for nxt yr. Also, Horford's presence could be liability in landing Dwight - Horford could play at PF, but he is a paint/post player, and sharing the paint worked poorly w/Pau this year. 3 TEAM DEAL! BOS swaps the 16th pick for 12th to get Smith, and trades Bass for Perk (salary just 1.7 mill more than Bass)- We send Bass (played well w/Dwight in ORL), Lamb, 16th, 29th and DAL future pick to ATL for Horford (3yrs at 12 mill per left on contract). BOS gets the old gang back together plus a nice prospect center. ATL can now offer max $ for Paul & Howard, populate the rest of roster w/ young talent on rookie contracts w/ enough left over to likely retain J. Smith- We get to upgrade from Perk to Horford w/o trading any of our rotation players.
According to J. McMullen, KG will be back w/ Celts nxt yr. BOS is still desperate for a center, but tax issues will make it hard to find affordable FA at 5 spot. They are also said to be l
1 year, 10 months ago on Friday Bolts – 5.24.13
Perk is horrendously bad on the offensive end of the court- turns the ball over at a ridiculously high rate- literally cannot score when standing under the basket with the ball in his hands. He is also a poor- not terrible- but poor rebounder considering his minutes, size, and the fact that he isn't really asked to produce as a scorer. Perk gets regularly mocked by the national media- our coach gets regularly mocked for putting him on the floor. There is without doubt, no weaker link in our starting rotation than Perkins. If you don't see that, then you obviously don't have clue one.
1 year, 10 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.23.13
Jermaine O'neal is a free agent- made just 1.3 mill last year. I would settle for just signing him and sitting Perk on the bench- just please God don't make me watch Perk limbering up and down the court anymore.
The ONLY real need that we still have is for a starting center to replace Perkins. We have the 12th, 29th and 32nd picks in this years draft. We have the 12th pick in last yrs draft (Lamb) and the 20-somethingth pick from last year in PJ3 that all the talking heads agreed was a steal after falling that low. We have DAL future 1 pick once they climb out of the lottery. I will be extremely disappointed in Sam Presti if he can't parlay that wealth of assets into a player who can address our only real team need for next season.
I see it as a HUGE red flag. Cousins is one big walking red flag. Amazing potential- Terrible attitude. The point was- if he was with an organization that could FIX the attitude, he could absolutely be one of the best centers in the league. I am still intrigued by the idea, but I see no way in hell that we sign him. Trading for Cousins would be an enormous gamble, and Presti doesn't strike me as the gambling type.
1 year, 11 months ago on Monday Bolts – 5.20.13
20ppg 10rpg + only reason not good on defense appears to be effort
Sam Presti's Home For Wayward Big Men?
Yeah, I'm not sure if I even like this idea- but the upside- if it worked- would be phenomenal. Cousins has the potential to be the best center in the league if he gets his head on straight, and OKC could provide the best possible circumstances to accomplish that. His trade value is also probably as low as its ever going to get- assuming he doesn't kill a hooker this off season.
At ESPN site just read commentary that SAC should move Cousins- which kinda made sense (can't develop winning culture if your best player is a knucklehead). IF he would be willing to commit to improving his defense AND an extension in the 12 mill per range ( maybe throw in bonuses for defensive improvement- Cousins might work for OKC. There should be a world of motivational difference between being the best player on a bad team, and the 3rd best player on a contender. We could offer the 12th, 29th picks- DAL future pick, Lamb and PJ3. Perk would actually be usefull as his defensive mentor and back-up nxt yr, but would absolutely need to be amnestied the following yr.
I could see Jackson taking the Knick's GM position if it became open- no way he would want to coach Carmello's team however. Not enough talent to win it all, and no means of acquiring better players with all of those albatross contracts.
NOBODY- KD, RUSS- NOBODY would complain about bringing in the most successful coach in the history of the NBA. You don't ever have to explain why you hired Phil Jackson. You hired him because he said yes.
I'm also pretty sure that Brooks would find work pretty quickly with one of the many rebuilding teams in the league- meaning that the amt. we would have to pay him would get reduced by amt of his new salary w/ Charlotte? Sacramento?
I have also never read anywhere that Presti is difficult to work with. His rep is for being competent, professional and close mouthed. I can see zero basis for believing he would butt heads with Phil.
Gotta disagree- though I obviously don't have any greater insight into Jackson's desires run you do. Being an NBA coach is a crazy intensive job. I honestly don't think it much matters what the surrounding scenery and nightlife look like- during the season all of your time is devoted to the team, so it doesn't matter where the team is based. Jackson's history is of taking over under performing, über talented teams and winning championships. There is no team in the league that fits that description better than the Thunder.
Just about every team in the league not led by Popavich or Rivers would kill to have Phil Jackson as their head coach. We are one of the very few that could actually land him based on the talent of our roster. Open the damn checkbook, and give our guys their best shot at winning a title.
Yep- my bad- I saw him on the unrestricted FA list at ESPN.com, but didn't note the ETO at the side. No way he walks away from crazy money.
1 year, 11 months ago on Friday Bolts – 5.17.13
Not ideal, but if we can't swing a trade for Perk and go the amnesty route, Okafor is an unrestricted free agent and could be a reasonably priced replacement while we develop a prospect center. No, not ideal, but he would still be an upgrade over "Lumbering Bear with Hands of Stone" which I'm pretty sure is the Chickasaw translation for Kenderick Perkins.
Yes, we were doomed to not winning it all this year when Russell went down, but that doesn't change the fact that our post season play was both disappointing and revelatory. Letting HOU take us to 6 games, and nearly getting swept by MEM exposed more problems with our team than "just" the loss of Westbrook. Miami is the team we ultimately have to surpass if we aspire to more than being a perennial bridesmaid. Does anybody think Miami would have gone 3 and 6 against HOU and MEM if they lost Wade in the first rd? If we don't win a title in the next few yrs, we are going to have a hard time keeping KD and Russ when the Lakers, Heat, Knicks and Nets offer them max money for their next deals. Loyalty is great and all, but those guys want rings, and they will look elsewhere if it becomes apparent they can't get over the hump in OKC. Presti and Bennett need to step up NOW to protect our nucleus for the future. Perk HAS to go now. Hopefully by trade, if not- amnesty- but he is our most glaring weakness. Lamb, PJ3, our glut of picks- these are valuable assets to re-building teams- USE THEM TO GET A STARTING CENTER! Does anybody think we would have a better shot at winning title with Brooks than we would with Phil Jackson? Open your damn checkbook, and do everything and anything to make this team better now.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.16.13
Boston might. They won one title with him, and seem to think they would have won a 2nd had he not gotten hurt. IF they bring back Pierce and Garnett, swapping out Bass for a healthy Perk would actually appear a reasonably priced means of acquiring a center. I think PHX might as well. They will be cellar dwellers for the next two yrs regardless. If he comes with 1st round picks and a soph prospect like Lamb- overpaying a bad center for 2 yrs might not be too high a price to pay. As for the rest of the league, I think you are right.
1 year, 11 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.14.13
Actually, Gortat would be my #1 realistic choice. PHX will be in full rebuild mode next year, and might be willing to choke down the last 2 yrs of Perk's contract, if it comes with Lamb and 2 1st rd picks. We would also need to take back S. Brown to make the salaries work- but both of those are on expiring contracts and will not be re-signing with PHX anyway based on past comments. My fantasy is to return Perk to Boston for Bass (they ARE desperate for a center), and flip Bass, Lamb, PJ3 and every pick we have for Horford, but that is probably pie in the sky. My back up fantasy would be a similar swap w/ CLE to land Verajou. Plan D would involve amnesty for Perk, and snagging O'neal as a FA and consolidating our picks to move up for someone like Len or Zeller.
Good observation by Darnell on Reggie's progress. If he can establish a consistant outside shot this offseason, HE could replace Harden's production with the 2nd unit and in crunch time. He is already too good to just log minutes behind Russell as the back up PG. Now if Presti can just manage to flip Perk's albatross contract and all of those useless picks for a two-way center, Miami will have something to worry about next year.
I keep thinking of a scene from The Lion in Winter where Richard's brother asks him "Why does it matter how a man falls?", to which he replied "When the fall is all that's left- it matters."
1 year, 11 months ago on Monday Bolts – 5.13.13
I just wish our guys would play loose. We lost our shot at the title when Russ went down. There is no reason to be playing tight at this point- we are dead men walking anyway- so the guys should just say screw it, there is no more pressure to win- and to down in a blaze of glory.
This off season is going to be a huge test of Presti's ability as a GM. There is a glaring need for an upgrade at the center position, and a big decision to make on re-signing Martin, developing Lamb as his replacement, or hitting the FA market for Harden's new, new replacement. Presti has solid rookie talent that can't break our rotation in Lamb and PJ3, and multiple first rd picks to wheel and deal with. Gonna be very interesting to see what Sam does over the next few months.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thursday Bolts – 5.9.13
Perk may be the only guy in the league who could play wearing oven-mitts without it having any discernible impact on his performance. PLEASE Presti, package our draft picks which we do not need, and some of our rookies who can't break into the rotation for a center that can rebound and at least requires the other team to put a man on him as a defender.
1 year, 11 months ago on Thunder fail late in Game 2 and Memphis evens up, 99-93
Great minds sir.
1 year, 11 months ago on THTV: Panic in OKC?
That, and lots of whiskey.