NTTB Thunder Rumblings – 26 July 2018

img_4063Zac Oakes (A Sea of Blue) on Hamidou Diallo signing with the Thunder: “He came close to never playing a game for Kentucky, as he put his name into the draft in 2017, though he withdrew and returned to Kentucky. He would go on to finish fourth in scoring for Kentucky this past season, averaging an even 10 points per game.”

Erik Horne (NewsOK) on what the signing of Diallo could mean to the rest of the roster: “In order to free up a roster spot and alleviate luxury tax burdens this season, the Thunder could stretch Singler’s contract over three seasons at an average of $1.6 million per season. But, like the Carmelo Anthony trade which was finalized on Wednesday, the Thunder would prefer to get return via a trade rather than waiving Singler.”

Brett Dawson (NewsOK) on the Thunder’s new acquisitions helping them reformat the team: “If you’re not able to go by your man, then chances are it’s going back to Russell or it’s going to Paul and it’s, ‘You guys do it,’” Donovan told The Oklahoman this month at the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. “And then you’re kind of standing.”

Brian Mazique (Forbes) looks at Paul George’s NBA 2K19 rating: “George checks in at 89 overall to begin the season which ranks him third at small forward of the players rated thus far. George averaged 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 3.3 assists. He made over 40 percent of his threes for just the second time in his career. That’s probably why George’s overall rating raised a point.”

Nat Newell (Indy Star) looks at how the Paul George trade from a year ago ranks with other recent blockbuster trades: “The background is well known. George’s camp let it be known he wouldn’t re-sign with the Pacers and wanted to go to the Lakers. Almost everyone hated the deal Kevin Pritchard made, then the season started and the Pacers had two building blocks. Oladipo won Most Improved Player and Sabonis had his own underrated case for the award. With George’s shocking decision to re-sign in Oklahoma City, this deal worked out well for both sides.”

NewsHub New Zealand talks to Madeleine Chapman, who helped to write the Steven Adams autobiography: “As I learned over the next year, Steven has always liked routine. Growing up, his least productive years were those spent without someone guiding him or giving him something to do.”

TMZ says Andre Roberson finally made his relationship with Rachel DeMita “Instagram official”.

Jeff Siegel (PeachTree Hoops) on Daniel Hamilton joining the Atlanta Hawks: “Hamilton’s deal will be a fully guaranteed minimum contract with Atlanta, netting him roughly $1.35 million. With that, the Hawks have completed the majority of their offseason work, as Hamilton’s contract is the 15th fully guaranteed deal on their books.”

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