A little late, but here are the Rumblings as we begin the new week on DTR!
A great one on one interview from Royce Young and Andre Roberson: “Were you talking to other teams or did you basically just work with the Thunder directly on this before shopping around? Roberson: Oklahoma City is where I wanted to be, to be honest. So I tried to work a deal with them first before we went to anyone else, and that was that.”
Erik Horne looks at the options for the Thunder in regards to Kyle Singler: “Singler remaining salary will still be on the Thunder’s team salary when he’s waived, but the Thunder would be able to “stretch” the contract over twice the number of remaining years on Singler’s deal, plus an additional year. The Thunder has until Aug. 31 to stretch Singler’s contract. Singler has two guaranteed years remaining on his contract, and a third year which is a team option. That means the remaining $9.66 million guaranteed over two years (2017-18, 2018-19) could be stretched over seven seasons in even amounts. Singler’s cap hit this season would be lowered from $4.66 million to $1.38 million, saving the Thunder $3.28 million this season.”
According to Paul George, Westbrook and Durant are on good terms again: “That news came from none other than Westbrook’s new all-star teammate, Paul George. The former Pacer, traded two weeks ago to Oklahoma City, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via The Oklahoman), “Whatever went between [Durant] and Russ, that’s their business. It’s not my point to want to know or want to figure out what happened. It’s pointless. “They are buddies, they are back good again. I’m here to build something different and something special.”
Paul George thinks the NBA would have vetoed the trade that would’ve sent him to Golden State for Klay Thompson: “But even if the NBA champs had accepted the deal, George, who was traded to the Thunder two weeks ago, says league commissioner Adam Silver would have vetoed it. “Yeah, I think that would’ve been the Chris Paul-to-L.A. situation where they denied that trade,” George laughed, referring to the 2011 trade between the Lakers and then-New Orleans Hornets that was nixed by then-commissioner David Stern. In an interview with ESPN released Thursday, George confirmed his knowledge of Indiana’s offer.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers offered Raymond Felton an offer, but he declined them, instead choosing the Thunder: “According to Terry Pluto, veteran point guard Raymond Felton turned down a contract offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of free agency. That the Cavs would be interested in Felton isn’t altogether unexpected. In January, Felton was reported (by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst) to be one of the players that LeBron James was frustrated that the Cavs didn’t reach out to (along with current free agent Michael Beasley).”
A look at the pros and cons of keeping Semaj Christon on the roster: “Christon also improved incrementally throughout the year. While his offense was mostly substandard, coach Billy Donovan usually threw him in bench-heavy lineups, deflating his overall efficiency rating. Anyone looks better playing next to Steven Adams than Joffrey Lauvergne. In the months from November-January, Christon was subjectively awful on defense, giving up an average of 116 points per 100 possessions on that end. However, for the last three months of the season, after Christon worked more with the Thunder’s excellent development staff, his defensive rating improved to 106 points per 100 possessions.”
Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated looks at the whirlwind tour that Paul George went through in his first few days in Oklahoma City: “The Thunder initially called the Pacers about George at the trading deadline in February, as did virtually every other team, and planned to reach out again after the season. When Oklahoma City was eliminated by Houston in the first round of the playoffs, Presti handed all his top lieutenants notecards with a picture of Richard Dean Anderson, the actor best known as MacGyver. The implication was obvious, at least to elders in the building. “We’ll have to use some tools we don’t have yet or some tools we haven’t had,” says director of basketball operations Paul Rivers, “and look from a perspective we haven’t had to look from before.” The Thunder did not possess a trove of draft picks, like the Celtics, but they did employ another kind of asset. When Durant bolted they made a conscious decision to invest in young controllable players, partly because they could be developed, but also because they could be traded far more easily than veterans.”