Is it just me or, after a furious start, is this off-season starting to snail-crawl now? Is it October yet? Here are your Rumblings….
It’s official: Michael Winger is now the GM of the Los Angeles Clippers: “The Clippers offered Winger the job late last week, and the sides have agreed on terms for a multiyear contract. Winger, an assistant general manager/team counsel for the Thunder, will report to Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ new president of basketball operations.”
The Thunder are better positioned now to replace lost front office personnel: “General manager Sam Presti has been here before. Winger will be the third executive under Presti to leave for a general manager job, joining Rich Cho, who went to Portland in 2010 and Rob Hennigan, who went to Orlando in 2012. Both those GMs were fired, but Cho now is general manager in Charlotte.”
The pros and cons of trading Steven Adams: “If the Thunder are serious about going all in and competing for a title this year, the team will need one more established superstar. That may require trading Steven Adams. This piece takes a look at whether or not that is a good idea.”
Russell Westbrook has been chasing rebounds since his college days: “Russell is just so great and so tenacious that the amount of offensive rebounds that he procured made a lot of sense,” Howland told The Transcript. “He was just too good, it was crazy not to have him go.” Howland made the adjustment early in Westbrook’s sophomore season, pushing the guard to attack the offensive glass at every realistic opportunity and sending a forward back to defend transition in his place. It was the first time in 14 years as an NCAA head coach that Howland had allowed a guard to offensive rebound consistently. And there were signs as to why during the previous summer.”
Dakari Johnson’s path to the NBA has been the definition of persistence: “The last two years were a grind. It’s a process. I stuck with it. I never took anything for granted. I looked at it as an opportunity to get better. I took advantage of it and focused on getting better,” Johnson said. “I got rewarded but I still have a lot of work to do.” He did get rewarded. He signed a two-year guaranteed contract worth over $2 million with Oklahoma City.”
Sam Presti is shooting his shot and living on the edge: “With Westbrook and George in the last year of their current deals, what does the Thunder roster look like if they both take their talents elsewhere? The cupboard could be very bare for OKC 12 months from now if that occurs, possibly leaving Steven Adams as the last central piece standing and a bunch of misfit contracts around him. Some would argue that’s what it’s suppose to look like when a NBA superstar leaves your team. The Thunder had already avoided that more likely outcome once and it can’t tempt fate again. It’s a fight or flight decision for Presti and no surprises this time, he’s not backing down.”