The Oklahoma City Thunder have surrendered their starting two-guard for the past 6 seasons in Thabo Sefolosha. Sefolosha has signed a solid three-year, $12 million deal with the Atlanta Hawks, marking the end of his tenure with OKC.
Sefolosha is actually going to make about $100,000 more in 2014-15 than he did last season, according to the new contract. Atlanta is receiving the seventh-worst scoring shooting guard that played at least 58 games last season, a season which Sefolosha struggled mightily. Sefolosha averaged 6.3 points-per-game last regular season, and that's lower than Anthony Morrow, a player who the Thunder are targeting now that started six-times less as many games as Sefolosha. Sefolosha started 61 games last year and averaged 6.3 PPG, and his inability to contribute offensively eventually led to his benching in the playoffs. Sefolosha is a former lottery pick, but was never able to average more than six points-per-game as a scoring option. His lack of production on a championship contender was finally exposed.
Looking ahead, the Thunder will possibly start Reggie Jackson and Russell Westbrook, like they did in the Western Conference Finals. Jeremy Lamb will sit behind the Westbrook/Jackson duo and develop off the bench. In Atlanta, Sefolosha will actually have a solid chance to start, as it will likely be between him and Kyle Korver, the 2013-14 starter.
Moral of the story: Oklahoma City no longer has their inconsistent shooting guard of previous seasons, but Atlanta receives him.