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Thunder Insider: How much is Jeff Green worth? |
If a deal between Green and the Thunder isn’t reached before Oct. 31, Green will become a restricted free agent after the 2010-11 season. And it’s possible, perhaps even probable, we will see that exact scenario play out. By holding off on an extension this summer and allowing Green to become a restricted free agent next summer, the Thunder would set into motion two significant elements that could ultimately make the move a smart play. OKC would retain the right to match any offer sheet Green receives from another team next summer. And the Thunder would allow the market to establish Green’s value, rather than potentially overpaying or even low-balling one of its core players.

[ESPN echoed Mayberry's sentiment, and part of his post here: Rumor Central - ESPN Insider]

NBA Mock Draft - Ridiculous Upside
Here it is - Ridiculous Upside's second stab at mocking the 2010 NBA draft. I hope you like it, but if you don't, we'll have these updated every Monday - and the lottery on May 18th will certainly (probably) bring more changes.

[Originally the Ridiculous Upside Draft had the Thunder drafting Larry Sanders, Stanley Robinson Kevin Seraphin, and Latavious Williams. Here are the current draft predictions: Larry Sanders, Quincy Pondexter, Miroslav Raduljica, and Latavious Williams.] Rubio starting to live up to noise surrounding his hype
Saturday was the deadline for underclassmen who had declared for the NBA's Draft (Schedule for June 24) to decide whether to stay in it or return to college. Previously the underclassmen had until a week or so before the Draft to decide, but a new rule enacted this year by the NCAA pushed the deadline up five weeks. (International players still have until June 14 to decide if they're staying in.) The rationale is that the college teams were in limbo waiting so long for their star players to make up their minds, which in turn hurt recruiting efforts.

But the new deadline creates questions. How is a kid supposed to make a good decision when he has far less information now than he would if he had another month of workouts and meetings with NBA teams? The likes of John Wall and Evan Turner know they're going in the top five, but most college players don't have that luxury. By the time the old deadline came around most early entries had gone through more than a dozen workouts, many times with their peers, and had a pretty good idea of where they were going in the Draft. Now, the decision-making process is compressed.

Also at work is the spectre of a lockout in 2011, which may have forced more underclassmen to stay in than normal -- which may explain the 103 players that declared. If they don't come into the league this year, college players may not see a professional paycheck until 2012. Even an undrafted rookie free agent can put $473,604 in his pocket next season.