NTTB Rumblings – 08 February 2018

img_4063Sam Amick (USA Today) on Paul George’s upcoming free agency decision: “He’s well aware how his choice will affect the lives of others, from his actual family to this Thunder group that wants so badly for him to return alongside Russell Westbrook. So he picks his words wisely, even goes over old interviews to make sure he’s saying what he means and meaning what he says. Yet as the 3 pm EST trade deadline nears on Thursday, and with the Thunder (31-24) set to face the very Lakers team that is widely seen as the No. 1 threat for his services, there’s one thing that is helping him be more at ease: he’s not going anywhere just yet – if ever.”

Russell Westbrook and Paul George are here to take your basketball.

Paul George had a big fan at the Warriors’ game: Former Fresno State Bulldog Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders. 

Kyle Schnitzer (New York Post) on Carmelo Anthony’s reaction to the Kristaps Porzingis injury: “Yeah, it’s sad, man. It’s sad,” Anthony said when asked about his former Knicks teammate’s injury after the Thunder routed the Warriors, 125-105, on Tuesday night. “I wanted to reach out to him, but I’ll reach out to him tonight. It’s just sad to know that injury, the type of year he’s been having, the growth that he’s had over the past couple years and even this season.”

Rob Mahoney (Sports Illustrated) on how the Thunder replace the irreplaceable (Roberson): “But it’s at this point that Roberson and the Thunder effectively go their separate ways. Oklahoma City still has a lot to play for. And the first step in doing that is figuring out how the team functions without its best defender. They’ve got Russell Westbrook, they’ve got Paul George, they’ve got Steven Adams and Carmelo Anthony—and then there’s this void. This is the first time in years that the Thunder won’t have the luxury of throwing Roberson at whatever scorer is giving them problems. And because of that, they’re forced to confront the fact that this guy that was averaging five points a game has become a sort of lynchpin for their team.”

My Thunder trade deadline primer.

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on Jerami Grant’s future through the eyes of the trade deadline: “Fresh out of a film session, the two young flyers turned the corner together at Equinox Health Club in downtown San Francisco wearing smiles and carefree demeanors. Grant, 23, has played just a season-and-a-half in Oklahoma City, and he’s found a comfort zone, even if his role hasn’t been the same from one quarter to the next in his 131 games in Thunder blue.”

Horne on the Thunder being worth a lot of money: “The Thunder is ranked 18th out of 30 franchises in value, clocking in at $1.25 billion, an increase from last season’s value of $1.025 billion. The Thunder also earned reported revenue of $225 million during the 2016-17 season compared to $187 million the previous season, and operating income of $64 million, a 22-percent jump from 2015-16. The Thunder had an operating income loss of $8.4 million in 2015-16, a season in which it was one of three teams to lose money.”

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