Daily Thunder Rumblings – 27 July 2017

img_4133-5Those new uni’s look nice. Wonder what the other two uniforms will look like? Here are the Rumblings for this Thursday.

Fred Katz looks at the unsigned contracts of Russell Westbrook and Terrance Ferguson: “Yet, the reigning MVP has made the Thunder wait almost a month, already. And it could end up being longer — maybe forever, though the organization remains cautiously optimistic about the prospects of Westbrook signing for the long term before the start of the season. The reasons for the Thunder’s optimism along with the ones for Westbrook making the organization wait are still unclear. Yet, they’re consistent with the past. Westbrook waited a month last summer to sign an extension that was effectively for one season. And that was during a time when putting off re-signing tangibly affected the organization. The Thunder had to stay under the salary cap last summer to account for the raise in Westbrook’s 2016-17 salary after renegotiating it. Because of that, the team wasn’t able to bring in free agents and had to let former OKC guard Dion Waiters walk to the Miami Heat.”

In case you were wondering: No, the Thunder aren’t wearing any Sonics throwbacks: “The conversation  soon shifted to the past on social media, with questions about whether or not the Thunder would wear Seattle SuperSonics throwbacks this season. In addition to four uniforms for all 30 teams this season, Nike will also outfit eight NBA teams with “Classic” uniforms. The Thunder will not be one of those eight teams. “No we’re not doing it. It’s a completely false rumor,” a Thunder spokesperson told The Oklahoman on Wednesday. “That’s not at all based in any truth.”

Brett Dawson looks at the new uniforms: “The bigger changes are in terminology and technology. Nike and the NBA are doing away with “home” and “road” uniform distinctions. The Thunder will have the option of wearing its white uniforms (now labeled the “Association” edition) or blue (“Icon” edition) uniforms at home. And the biggest alteration, Mahoney said, is in the technology behind the uniforms, which he said is geared toward improved freedom of movement and player performance.”

Squad!!!!!!!!!

The Thunder still remain a long-shot to get Carmelo Anthony: “The door isn’t closed on Anthony to Oklahoma City, but Houston’s chances of landing the 10-time All-Star forward are still the best. Anthony has a no-trade clause, so he can ultimately decide where he ends up should the Knicks want to make a trade. A deal for Anthony also is contingent on the Knicks getting what they feel is adequate value in return. Anthony is making $26.2 million in the final guaranteed season of his contract. Anthony also has an early termination option for 2018-19 he could exercise in order to become a free agent in the summer of 2018, as well as a 15-percent trade bonus in his contract in which he’d receive close to $4 million from the Knicks if he’s traded before the season starts. Anthony has the right to waive his trade bonus, however.”

Nick Gallo interviews Nick Collison.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert still seems salty over not being able to acquire Paul George: “Hours before the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled off a surprise trade to acquire Paul George from the Indiana Pacers on June 30, the Cleveland Cavaliers thought they had a done deal in place to nab the four-time All-Star. Nearly a month later, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert still doesn’t seem to be over it. “I will say that Indiana could’ve done better than it did,” Gilbert said Wednesday, when asked about the failed trade during new Cavs general manager Koby Altman’s introductory news conference.”

Patrick Patterson critiques some of the summer’s big hits.

According to Adam Silver, Seattle may eventually get a team: “Silver said he thinks it’s a question of timing regarding serious thought on expansion. “Think about the state we are at in the league right now. It’s amazing to me we have fans coming out after these finals saying there’s only one good team in the league. If people really believe that, even though we have 450 of the best players in the world, and 450 can only form one really good team, it probably doesn’t make sense to expand in terms of dilution of talent.”

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