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