Happy Russell Westbrook Day to all. Although I doubt he signs his extension today. Here are the rumblings for this Friday.
Daniel Hamilton signs a two-way contract with the Thunder: “Hamilton, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, played 49 games for the Blue last season. The 21-year-old averaged 14.9 points, eight rebounds and 4.6 assists per game, shooting 42.6 percent from the floor and 37.4 percent from 3-point range. “Daniel has shown significant strides in his development since entering our program,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said in a release. “We are thrilled that he will receive the first two-way contract in Thunder history as we expect him to spend time with both teams this season as he continues to evolve as a player.”
Royce Young drops an opinion many won’t like, but that is perfectly true: There is a better chance that Paul George stays if the Thunder make a deep run. Listen to the video in the article. The article itself is almost click-baitish.
ESPN releases their projected records for every team up to this point in the off-season: “The addition of Paul George, plus savvy bargain shopping for RPM favorite Patrick Patterson, lifts Oklahoma City into the mix for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. I think the Thunder’s defense is underrated by RPM, which projects Oklahoma City to finish 16th, six spots lower than last season. Although the Thunder’s second unit is likely to decline defensively, the starters should be better with George.”
Westbrook made it to the top of another list: “Westbrook tops this year’s Horrow Sports Ventures Power 100, a ranking of athletes across sports in the U.S. market that takes into account on-field performance combined with social media presence. Half of the Horrow formula is based on on-field performance. The other 50 percent consists of social media presence as measured by MVPIndex, which takes into account reach, engagement activity and conversation surrounding an athlete on social media platforms.”
Patrick Patterson said the opportunity to start on a title-contender convinced him to sign with the Thunder: “The opportunity to be a starting player in the NBA appealed to Patrick Patterson, but the chance to be a starter on a championship-caliber team convinced him to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Patterson, 28 and a former basketball star at Huntington High School and the University of Kentucky, said those factors and his relationship with Thunder coach Billy Donovan were key in his decision to leave the Toronto Raptors and ink a three-year, $16.3 million deal with Oklahoma City.”