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This team will eventually spend into the luxury tax...I'm sure of it.
Presti and the ownership are looking 4 and 5 years into the future right
now and that is why they are being careful. They aren't scared to
spend money, but they don't want to have a fire sale in 5 years when the
penalties are multiplied and be forced to let Kevin and/or Russ walk because they can't afford the taxes anymore.
7 months, 1 week ago on Friday Bolts – 8.2.13
People around the country fail to understand the "one team" dynamic...OKC has no other pro sports. All of the attention / sponsorship money is squarely on the Thunder. While the TV money is less than it could be, the franchise has made money here from day 1 when it was losing money in Seattle. Which franchise is more likely to spend money: a) smaller market money making team b) bigger market money losing team ?
Face it guys...we are never going to "win" the off-season. That's because free agents are the known commodities of the nba, and the Thunder isn't going to spend with the big dogs because "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".
The Thunder "won" in the draft several years in a row - Durant, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, (Jackson?)...but you never know how a draft will turn out because rookies are total unknowns and often take a couple of years to catch up mentally/physically to the NBA. I would bet all of the guys mentioned were better "gets" than the vast majority of free agents that other teams scooped up during those off-seasons. Yet, those big spender teams got all the attention (with the exception of Durant). The only team that has outpaced us with the FA approach is Miami...and frankly, we couldn't have done what they did.
My point is that the Thunder are ALWAYS going to build through the draft and not by playing the FA market like Miami, NY, LA, etc. It will always seem like other teams are outpacing us in the off-season, yet the on court results show that we are a team that is getting better and better the slow and steady way.
Let the Nets, etc. win the off-season...I like winning in the real season, and the Thunder have proved they will do just that.
7 months, 1 week ago on Wednesday Bolts – 7.31.13
@propsizzle @Turfright @soonerstatestud I got an offer to get the magazine and a year of ESPN insider for $10, so I finally signed up.
7 months, 1 week ago on Tuesday Bolts – 7.30.13
One tweak I would LOVE to see regarding the luxury tax in order to help teams keep players they develop ala James Harden: A player receiving a "max" extension from the team that drafted them will only count 80% towards the luxury tax. We would currently have 3 players who would qualify...and we could still have a little wiggle room to get a player or two without being hit with the luxury tax.
Interesting thing about the "wall" on the Oklahoman's site. From the Tulsa World website, if you click the blurb to the article on the Oklahoman's main site...no wall / full article. Not that this particular article was worth the extra effort, but it's nice to know there is a work around if there is an article blocked that you don't want to wait for. Just have to hope it is one of the articles linked by the World.
@OBoy Both Grantland pieces were worth a read...especially on a slow day.
These guys are playing some Thunder defense right now...they are really locking them down.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Friday Bolts – 7.12.13
Gotta finish...but if a rebound was ever a highlight reel play...that was it.
Wow...that is my new favorite summer league play. Adams!!!!!!
@Jax Raging Bile Duct @soonerstatestud Once and I wasn't impressed...but I think he may have been coming back from an injury.
Daniel Orton has been one of the biggest stiffs I've ever seen play basketball...until now. Revalation or summer league flash in the pan?
At firstrow, use the nbatv link as there is no link for our specific game. http://firstrowus.eu/watch/128385/1/watch-nba-tv.html
We've got to go all out to win this 'ship today. Presti understands this, which is why he traded Kevin Martin for "Scrabble" yesterday. The trade exception was just a distraction to keep people from seeing the summer league power play from Presti. I wonder what number he'll wear today?
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Thunder get $7M trade exception in Martin sign-and-trade
I used to have a negative attitude about the whole Harden-Martin trade and how it turned out...but that was before Presti magically turned this into the widow-peaked assassin known as Scrabble! I can now see the master's plan in all it's glory...and it's magnificent!
8 months ago on Thunder get $7M trade exception in Martin sign-and-trade
This just means that the Thunder aren't as cheap as some of you have made them out to be...they just believe in being smart with their money and not spending it on the first flashy thing that catches their eye. I believe the Thunder will be luxury tax payers this season before it's all said and done...but only if the move makes long term sense and short term sense. Long term is the way this franchise thinks, and that is why they haven't needed to make any knee jerk moves this offseason. They feel like the young talent they have stock piled will pay off and they will let the market come to them and get a good deal at the trade deadline.
@AnthonyTrends U mad bro?
@[corporate shill] @BallSoHard This is what I don't get about all of the amnesty perkins talk. We'd be on the hook for at least half his salary anyway...money is money and that would basically be forcing us to pay extra. Why does it matter if it's "luxury tax" money or Perkins amnesty money. If we don't want to pay the tax, why amnesty Perk? I know they have the rule where luxury tax fines increase the number of years in a row you pay...I guess that would be the only reason. I don't see anybody suggesting to amnesty Perk and NOT sign another player. Now that would make financial sense.
@[corporate shill] Karl Malone is still a cap hit for them? HAHAHA
@AnthonyTrends Do you mean D league instead of summer league? There is no reason that summer league guys can't/won't be contributors on the NBA roster this year. I don't expect Lamb to go back to the d league...and certainly not reggie jackson. The rookies this year and perhaps PJIII will continue to spend time in the d league to get them ready for the call. Lamb and Jackson will be our guards off the bench for Thabo and Russ.