NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 23 July 2018

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Lawrence George (Thunderous Intentions) looks at three things Dennis Schröder brings to the Thunder: “However, the OKC Thunder have taken risks on restoring players reputations (insert Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter) before, thus Schroder certainly fits the mold. He’s had his fair share of off-court problems in Atlanta (clashing with coaching, fellow players and a pending court case) but Schroder holds tremendous value for the Thunder.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) says Dennis Schröder is the Thunder latest reclamation project: “The Thunder, however, has done its due diligence on Schroder, just like it did with prior players that teams gave up. Those players didn’t come with legal trouble, but trouble all their own.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) looks at the season that was for Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City: “He did his best to fit in. Though he complained about his role in the spring, he’d made an effort to fill it all winter. Anthony will become a free agent once the trade is finalized and Atlanta buys him out of his contract. He’ll be free to find a new team, one of his own choosing, and ultimately his time with the Thunder will be a mostly forgettable footnote in a Hall of Fame career. But as Anthony exits, it’s worth remembering that his stay here wasn’t all bad.”

Dawson (NewsOK) also summarizes the busy trade week that was for the Thunder: “In trading Anthony for a pair of lower-priced players in Schroder and Luwawu-Cabarrot, the Thunder crated a trade exception of $10.8 million. It picked up a $1.4 million trade exception in sending Johnson’s guaranteed contract to Orlando for a non-guaranteed deal in return.”

Scott Davis (Business Insider) says the success of the Paul George will embolden future teams to take chances on superstar players: “Those scenarios only become more complicated when a player makes it known in advance which team they want to join. The Indiana Pacers saw this with Paul George last year, when George essentially let it be known that he would join the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018 as a free agent. In such scenarios, the trade market evaporates. Who wants to make a trade for a one-year rental? Moreover, who wants to give up anything of significant value for a one-year rental?”

Brando Simeo Starkey (The Undefeated) brings you the flip side of that Paul George/Kawhi Leonard argument: “Like in all sports leagues, copycatting runs rampant in the NBA. The basketball world should have predicted that after the Thunder persuaded George, who had been vocal about his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, to stay after trading for him with one year left on his contract, other franchises in disfavored markets would take similar gambles.”

Abby Hamblin (San Diego Union Tribune) on the San Diego Comic Con, in which a certain Thunder big man was transformed into a superhero.

Sam Meredith (Peach Tree Hoops) looks at progression of Dennis Schröder’s departure from Atlanta: “After Schroder’s third NBA season, Wes Wilcox, the new Hawks GM at the time, seemed convinced that Dennis was ready to take over the role of starter from Teague and decided to deal the veteran point guard and hand the keys to the young German. From there, Dennis had seen his minutes climb up over 31 per game in the last two seasons which brings us to the present day as well as another new GM in Travis Schlenk.”

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