Hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Probably the best one in the last two years.
The Thunder website chronicles some of the on-court aspects in their 10 year history: “In his twilight years with the Thunder, Collison jokingly referred to himself as a team dad, responsible for the development of younger big men like Steven Adams. His willingness to do whatever he could to help the team win, regardless of the prominence of his own role, was Collison’s defining quality.”
Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN) says the signing of Raymond Felton pushes the Thunder’s total salary cap bill past $300 million: “Felton’s signing will push the Thunder’s payroll and luxury tax hurtling past an historic NBA threshold: $300 million. The Thunder are responsible to pay $150 million in tax on the 2018-19 season’s roster, if the roster stays intact through the end of the season.”
If you haven’t seen it already, here’s part 3 of the Paul George decision:
Adam Friedman (Indy Cornrows) puts the final chapter to rest on the Paul George trade: “But now it appears the Pacers won the trade, no matter what happens with the rest of George’s career. Indiana traded a 28-year-old All-NBA and All-Defense player for a 26-year-old player with the same accolades. On top of that Indiana got a young center/forward who will be a critical piece in the future, whether that be for the Pacers or as a trade asset.”
Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on what Terrance Ferguson wants to show at summer league this year: “Often, he works under the tutelage of Thunder assistant Darko Rajakovic, known for some unorthodox training methods that famously once included gut-punching Steven Adams for missing free throws.”
Erik Horne (NewsOK) on the Thunder needing to improve internally to get better in the West: “It’s our job to keep moving forward, to identify it, not just identify issues, but bring solutions,” general manager Sam Presti said at his end-of-season media availability in May. “I’m confident that we’re going to do that because that’s what we’ve done for 10 years. “We have to own the fact that for our standards, 48 wins, a home-court advantage, and seventh-best net rating for this particular team, we felt like that wasn’t where we wanted to be.”