OKC Loud Links: Free Agency Arrives

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?

To stay on top of everything, be sure to keep the SB Nation Free Agency Stream thread open all day long.

OKC Will Have Tough Time Keeping Core Together | NewsOK

Expect to see this exact same story written about 500 times over the course of the next 9 months. Just warning you now.

OKC Likely Landing Spot for Thabeet? | Daily Thunder

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.

Free Agents: Easy Targets | Wages of Wins

Here are some of the biggest free agent targets, but all are likely to come with a hefty price tag.

Top small Forwards | Sports Illustrated

I hope Kevin Durant never appears on this list. Grant Hill though...is that something? Could he be this season's Shane Battier?

Grading Teams that Supposedly Drafted Well | Behind the Basket

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.

How Bad is Joe Johnson's Contract? | SB Nation

Never, ever feel bad for Joe Johnson.

Happy Canada Day | Hardwood Paroxysm

James Naismith was Canadian, just FYI.

50 Shades of Gray | Grantland

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.

Bosh Likes Taco Bell | Ball Don't Lie

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.

Re-Living the Draft | The Classical

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.

Kevin Garnett Returns to Boston | Ball Don't Lie

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.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Welcome to Loud City

You must be a member of Welcome to Loud City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Welcome to Loud City. You should read them.

Join Welcome to Loud City

You must be a member of Welcome to Loud City to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Welcome to Loud City. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker