Free agency is upon us and for many teams, the Thunder included, it offers a candy store of various priced sweets that we want to see if the flavor fits into the team's collective palate. The only thing that I would argue that OKC needs at this point (and 'need' is highly subjective) is a dedicated 3-point shooter. Did the team lose faith in Cook? Does he just need another year to work with the team? And what of all this Hasheem Thabeet talk?
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Expect to see this exact same story written about 500 times over the course of the next 9 months. Just warning you now.
Thabeet would come cheap, and he's a true 7-footer. I wonder how motivated he'd be after a week of Durant and Westbrook dunking on him in practice. Sink or swim, mate.
Here are some of the biggest free agent targets, but all are likely to come with a hefty price tag.
Blott doesn't love the Perry Jones III pick the Thunder made, and his criticism is almost entirely on PJ3's on-court motivation and focus, which was accurate. Here is why I think it was a safe pick though; if ever there was a team that could crack into an unmotivated kid, it is the Durant/Westbrook-led Thunder. And if PJ3 STILL doesn't want to work hard, he's got enough physical attributes that some other team would happily give him a shot and take him off OKC's hands. Remember, what matters is not just on-court performance, but a player's overall value to a team.
Never, ever feel bad for Joe Johnson.
James Naismith was Canadian, just FYI.
I highly doubt that any of these kids on draft night chose their own clothes, so I'm not really sure what this is an analysis of.
I've written it before, but I still feel this way - it's fun to root against Chris Bosh because he's so peculiar, but as a person, I kind of like the guy.
Yes, this really happened:
And then [deputy commissioner Adam] Silver gets the ridiculous cheer every time HE comes out. I actually saw people bowing to him, arms out. Genuflecting towards the deputy commish. In Newark. We saw this.
This is probably a good thing, because I'm not sure another franchise out there could withstand Garnett's old-man intensity. And isn't that pretty much what KG is at this point? He's the old guy at the Y who tries waaaay too hard at pick-up games, over-cheers everything, looks like he always wants to punch the padded wall, etc.