NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 06 July 2018

img_4063NTTB previews the Thunder’s summer league squad: “For the Oklahoma City Thunder, the team will be looking for their youngsters to show improvement from where they were just 2 months ago. Even though the Thunder were one of the most veteran-laden teams in the league last season, they still counted on a couple rookies to provide valuable minutes throughout the season. Terrance Ferguson and Dakari Johnson showed that they belonged in the league last year. Now, the team will be looking for them to be consistent contributors on the roster.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on why Devon Hall has a shot at making the Thunder roster: “I know it was a big jump, but it was an uncommon work ethic,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett told The Oklahoman. “You watch him before practice, after practice, he had a routine. He was workmanlike or a pro in terms of his approach in practice, pre-practice and his shooting. He absolutely wore out his mechanics, shot and practice habits in the right way.”

Antonio Daniels of FoxSportsOklahoma talks to Colin Cowherd about Paul George re-signing with the Thunder.

Berry Tramel (NewsOK) says keeping Raymond Felton was a good idea: “Sure, Marcus Smart would have been great with the Thunder. But he’s a restricted free agent, and even if OKC had signed him to the mid-level exception for taxpayers ($5.3 million), Boston would have matched in 15 seconds. Isaiah Thomas was an all-star in Boston, but two straight teams (the Cavaliers and Lakers) basically have given up on him. He’s a little bitter over never cashing in on a big payday and might be headed to Orlando, trying to resurrect his career and earnings potential. Is that the kind of player the Thunder needs, even if he would come?”

The Thunder website looks back at the memorable playoff moments in the last 10 years: “The Thunder cleared those hurdles, sweeping the Mavericks in the first round and ousting the Lakers in five games to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Despite going down 0-2 on the road against the ever-formidable San Antonio Spurs, the Thunder ripped off four consecutive wins to create the greatest environment in team history. As the seconds clicked off the clock in Game 6, Kevin Durant hit Kendrick Perkins for a wide-open, series-sealing dunk and the Thunder punched its ticket to its first NBA Finals. The noise was deafening inside the arena, but it was all a precursor to the incredibly rare experience for Oklahoma City to host two Finals games.”

Colin Connors (HotHotHoops) wants Miami to trade for Carmelo Anthony: “That desperation is why acquiring slightly overpaid rotation players (likely two of Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson, or Dion Waiters, with ancillary pieces thrown in to make salaries work) on longer deals from the Heat in exchange for only one year of Anthony seems like a no-brainer for the Thunder when most teams wouldn’t even take the call. Thunder GM Sam Presti is a magician, but they are out of options. A trade of this manner is the only way for the Thunder to meaningfully improve in their severely capped-out situation.”


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