Daily Thunder Rumblings – 25 July 2017

img_4133-5If this off-season goes on for any longer, the Thunder will be rumored to be acquiring Michael Jordan from the Charlotte Hornets. Here are today’s Rumblings…

Soooo, Carmelo Anthony and the Thunder reportedly have have mutual interests: “For all that Melo has said about wanting to live in big cities and command large markets, this is a plausible possibility. The Knicks, now under Steve Mills and Scott Perry, could be asking for a lot in Melo deals with Houston or Cleveland. Just a week ago, Melo was all but wearing Rockets red, but after a change of leadership in New York the momentum on such a deal seems to have slowed. It’s probably a good sign for the Knicks as they try to either keep Melo or maximize his value in a trade.”

How Carmelo could fit with the Thunder: “Getting Anthony to OKC would have some of the same issues of the Blake Griffin trade that never happened. Even with questions about fit, Anthony would be a potentially lethal addition to the Thunder offense. Before Griffin, an Oklahoma City native, decided to re-sign a max contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, any deal he was involved in would have had to have been a sign-and-trade in which he’d said “send me to OKC.” Like Griffin, an Anthony trade hinges on the desire to play in Oklahoma City.”

What’s the hold up with Terrance Ferguson’s rookie contract: “One potential hang-up could be the terms of a buyout between the Thunder and Adelaide 36ers, Ferguson’s last club. In an email to The Oklahoman, a spokesman for FIBA wrote “in principle, players cannot transfer internationally if they are bound by a valid contract which extends beyond the transfer date.” The email did not pertain specifically to Ferguson’s case, but clearance rules. Calls to Ferguson’s representation at Klutch Sports were not immediately returned on Monday. The NBA and FIBA have both declined to comment on player-specific cases.”

Once comparable athletic specimens, the careers of Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose have diverged immensely: “Derrick Rose was the first overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Three years later, his Chicago Bulls went 62-20 and Rose was voted the league’s most valuable player. Russell Westbrook was the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Three years later, the Thunder reached the Western Conference finals, and Westbrook was labeled a budding star. Born a month apart – Rose is 39 days older – no one foresaw that as these transcendent point guards approached their 30s, Westbrook would be a superstar supreme and Rose would be fighting to stay relevant in the league.”

Happy wife, happy life. Happy Westbrook, happy Thunder Nation.

The first screenshots of 2K18 featured Paul George and what could be a preview of the new home whites (aka the Association jerseys) from Nike.

Berry Tramel looks at how the Paul George trade almost never happened: “Yet trades still exist in a nebulous world. We don’t always know what trades were on the table that didn’t go through, and sometimes when we do know, we don’t know who said no. And after Kyrie Irving’s trade request was made known last week, ESPN reported that George almost ended up a Cavalier. Before the NBA Draft, ESPN reported, the Cavaliers had a serious draft proposal involving Indiana and Phoenix, in which Irving would go to Phoenix, George to Cleveland and the Suns’ Eric Bledsoe and the No. 4 overall draft pick to the Cavs. But that trade eventually fizzled.”

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