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@hbran He won't. Best newcomer is Lebron... the end.
That said, for non-superstars changing teams, Morrow might end up being the most valuable to his new team.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Thursday Bolts – 8.14.14
@GlendaGonzales @Keith00 That's basically what he said, so I'm willing to believe it. I think the timing is what opens the other possible options (agent intervention). We'll never know, but I do wonder now if he would have stayed if Paul never got injured.
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Kevin Durant withdraws from the 2014 World Cup
@GlendaGonzales I'm ready to accept his withdrawal at face value. He's tired and that's entirely reasonable. That said, it wouldn't surprise me if his agent was also a factor in this decision. You have to expect that a number of agents are trying to persuade players not to play after the Paul George injury. There is also the James/Wade/Bosh factor. Those guys realized it that as much as they loved playing, it only made sense to do so for the actual Olympics. Durant could have realized those guys were on to something.
@BradleyNeese Guaranteed contracts are part of the NBA. Changing that is way bigger than you think. I think teams should be able to incentivize not playing. That is, they can't write into the contract that a player cannot play, but they can offer an uncapped bonus (up to 1 million) if a player is offered to join Team USA (including practice squad) but declines.
Conversely, I think it makes sense that teams should be able to shift insurance costs. That is, any player that joins Team USA in any capacity must take out insurance for their contract in the event of injury. This insurance must cover at least the next year's salary in full, and any money paid by insurance is deducted from the amount a team must pay that player over the length of their contract.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Monday Bolts – 8.4.14
@rednuht @Old Man Game That seems a bit of a stretch. If he's making progress as a player, that's why he's moving to a better team. The European teams don't have much incentive to help the NBA (who steals their best players). Unless we suddenly pick up some Barcelona coaches in the next few years, there's nothing we can really offer.
@L0rv @BangBangThunder Harden's per minute number were pretty similar from OKC to Houston. Houston gets more value because they play him more and give him more touches. He was just as good while he was with us.
1 month ago on Durant on 2016: ‘Way too far, way too far’
@DVoegeli @Keith00 @SeinfeldOKC Good point, we kind of laid an egg in the finals. Though I guess you consider Brooks' coaching and Perkins playing strokes of bad luck.
1 month, 1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14
@SeinfeldOKC Thunder could have broken it the last three years, but bad luck, ya know? Age is the least of our worries.
@epicurean @Keith00 @Perk-Punt I could see Perk for Miller at the deadline. It would be especially funny since Miller keeps passing us in FA.
@Perk-Punt @Keith00 Well yeah. Cleveland will also be in win-now mode, so I could see them trading for a defensive C if necessary. I'll give them Perkins!
@L0rv @Greeed #2 in the league.
@Greeed @Keith00 @Perk-Punt Lebron and Varejao are quality defenders. Love is at least average (which is better than Cleveland currently has). You could have said a similar thing about Miami, but Lebron plus good coaching can fix a lot of things.
@Perk-Punt I don't think Cleveland can get away with any more bad defenders, especially in the post. Varejao is an ideal center for them.
@Perk-Punt San Antonio is right there for me. Cleveland will be right there if they get Love.
@King of Carrot Flowers the third I think Dirk and Love still take that prize, but he's 100X better on defense than both of them.
@Lambaaaaaa Not worth the risk. Heustis has the guaranteed contract he can sign at any time. OKC could get into a ton of trouble by dealing money outside the CBA.
1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Russell Westbrook likes clothes
@okcjim They might at least consider it since Green is expiring this year and Roberson is dirt cheap for the next three years. I don't imagine they do it, but with all the guards they already have onboard, trading offense for defense wouldn't be an indefensible move.
1 month, 1 week ago on Thursday Bolts – 7.24.14
So not to sound pessimistic, but I'm gathering that the team "fought" for that history in order to sell it later. Let's say some downtrodden team eventually moves to Seattle. Based on the deal, we'll still own that history because of the time elapsed. However, the moved team could always make a deal with our owners to buy the history and add it to their own. Seattle gets to be happy keeping their history to themselves. A bad team could try to rebrand itself with Sonics history. OKC stops having a Seattle connection and also makes some money.
1 month, 1 week ago on The very important golden patch controversy
@Barry Amenema I've managed over 60 while driving through Canada (lower speed limits).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Anthony Morrow: ‘Whatever my role is, I’m ready to embrace it’
@anonymous12345 @Keith00 @Russ being Russ That's true, though we've seen for years now an irrational dedication to playing veterans. I just expect (outside of blowouts), that only 10 players will see the floor per night. I would love to have a bunch of blowouts, but prior to that I just think there are too many people in this rotation.
@Russ being Russ I get the feeling Morrow-Lamb-Roberson are going to share minutes a lot more evenly. I also still expect Perkins to be playing 20 MPG. Unless there is an injury, I think McGary spends most of the season in Tulsa.
@f5alcon Adams should be the easy answer. Ibaka plays a lot more minutes than Perkins.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Why it’s not now or never for KD in OKC
@sammasaaron @[weed wolf faction] @ThunderMoneyBall Yes. If he doesn't go to play overseas, he counts as a roster spot. The only way around that is if we refuse to agree to a contract with him (which is silly).
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.14.14
@ThunderMoneyBall @PNT If he can't win the "break in case of emergency" spot, cutting him isn't so bad. We can sign him to Tulsa still unless another team is willing to give him a guarantee (which they wouldn't). If he wins it, he wins it. There should be a real open competition since neither guy has any real intangible benefits.
@Lost Ones @Keith00 @d_m_free That just seems stupid. Even if he feels healthy, why put the extra wear on those knees? Two major knee injuries in two years. Being confident is one thing, being naive is another.
@mattchant Losing Thabo is the only real loss at all. Considering Thabo's shot fell apart, he was a one-way player who was not as good defensively as he had been in the past. Morrow is probably more impactful than last year's Thabo.
Losing Fish and Butler does nothing. Fish was bad. Butler was useless in the playoffs.
@d_m_free Rose is still listed with the team, but I doubt he actually goes. I would expect Westbrook to participate in all Thunder training camp and preseason, since he was healthy ending the season. Rose we don't even really know if he can play yet. If he can get to training camp, he probably will, but I would imagine will only play sparingly in the preseason.
@Eastbrook Adams shot better from the free throw line last year than Perkins. Not saying it isn't still bad, but neither of our centers take enough free throws to really kill the team. If teams start hacking our guys, we can just go small with Ibaka at center.
@MrRaysian I like him well enough, also Brandon Rush for the same reasons. Rush probably for the minimum coming off injury year. CDR probably looking to 3-4 per year, but if it takes too long might take 2-3
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Good job, LeBron
@KC_Thunder I love made up numbers.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.9.14
@Lost Ones @Oboy Are the Bulls really going to give him 10+ million to displace Noah or come off the bench?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.8.14
@Oboy @Keith00 @okcjim If Lance was really smart, he would take Millsap's contract with good offensive team (Phoenix would be a great fit). Lance could show off that it was the Pacers offense holding him back and cash in HUGE just as he's entering his prime.
@Perk has a lot of value I don't understand the Bulls angle. Pau is all center at this point in his career, we already saw that with Dwight. Are they really going to play the reigning DPOY out of position in order to get the same offense they could have gotten out of Boozer?
@[weed wolf faction] @Keith00 @Oboy @okcjim And none of them are offering him big money, or else he would have already taken it. The majority of the teams he's meeting with won't have any more money than OKC when their top options fall through.
It's one thing to clear cap space for Melo/Lebron, it's another for 35 year old Pau.
@TempBoy Brandon @Lost Ones What about Paul Millsap?
The longer second tier guys wait, the less likely there will be multiple bidders for their services.
@Oboy @okcjim I'm hoping this ends up like a Paul Millsap contract. Everyone keeps falling over themselves for a superstar, that they ignore Pau for too long. Pau realizes nobody really wants him as their first option, and isn't likely to make 10+ when all of the cap available teams are fighting for the top dogs.
LA get's antsy once Melo and Lebron spurn them, and look to get anything out of Pau.
@Dominator @2 for 5 The Lakers have to agree to a S&T as well, it's not just Pau. We would probably have to send back Jones/Lamb/McGary/a pick for LA to have any incentive.
@2 for 5 Not until after Melo's decision at the least. If Melo goes to LA, they'll probably pay Gasol a lot to stay. If Melo goes anywhere else, Gasol will want out and will most likely choose between OKC (if a sign and trade can be worked out) and the Heat (if they lose anybody and have a bunch of money to spend).
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.7.14
@qrex @Stephen Jackson is not about this spelling No, they just continue being free agents until someone gives them a chance or they retire.
@Dominator @Keith00 29, today is his birthday. Offer him 2 years, 4 million with the second year a team option based on health.
Why not sign Brandon Rush? Super cheap, former ace D and 3 guy when he was last healthy. He's now had enough time to fully recover. It sounds better than running with guys who only MIGHT be able to do one of those things.
@Turf is always Greener @Lost Ones The problem is that NBA defense is drastically different from college. Even guys with lots of defensive potential tend to struggle on that end for several years. Look at The Brow and MKG, both expected to be defensive studs. MKG is rounding into an above average defender, but he's also out of position a lot. Brow meant to be a young KG, but teams blitz NOLA when he's on the court.
@D@vid Team with the best player doesn't win as often in soccer, but they are solid. I just don't like how the home teams generally outperform their "ranking" most years. With all of the game-fixing that goes on in certain soccer leagues, it's hard to ignore.
@PJ's LAMB! Reggie was already better as a sophomore, also he broke out a bit in the playoffs. Lamb just hasn't shown that. The fact that he keeps looking like a passionless chucker in summer league keeps deflating our hopes of a breakout.
@Dominator KD might do it next year. Wouldn't be the first time for him. Ibaka could as well if he sticks to the corners.
@PJ's LAMB! Green is also a high end defender and an able ball-mover. Morrow can't defend or even dribble.
@Bry Bry No reason to decide before the actually signing day. It's easy to forget none of these deals are actually done until the 10th.
@PJ's LAMB! I like Dunleavy, Morrow is fine in a Lamb role, but at that point his lack of anything but shooting means it might be a wash between him and Lamb.
@claeys Can you think of anyone else that made such a transition?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Summer Thoughts: Grizzlies 84, Thunder 63
@grindstone @Watson @Keith00 Even if Toronto improves internally, I don't think they have the guns to have a realistic chance against OKC/LAC/San Antonio. That's the bar. If you don't have a chance to beat one of the top 3 out West, you're not actually a contender. Winning the East doesn't really mean much when they are just going to get pasted in the finals.