Thunder in the news is your one-stop shop for everything OKC Thunder; today we take a look at a couple big men in Oklahoma City.
Here at Thunderous Intentions we cover every aspect of the team, even those old-fashioned back-to-the-basket big men. Today two of our stories has to do with the dying breed; one centered around an established big and the other cheap nba jerseys authentic focusing on a highly-touted G-League prospect in Dakari Johnson. Our third story? I’ll wait for you to read through and find out. Steven Adams calls Melo speculation “fantasizing”
Leave it to the Big Kiwi to drop a one-liner like this one. Not only did Adams compare Carmelo Anthony to Michael Jordan, but he did so with his patented Kiwi charm. Whether Melo will end up in Oklahoma City is doubtful, but it does indicate that Sam Presti is up to something. I mean seriously – when are the Thunder ever in trade rumors unless it’s to target somebody else?
I rest my case.
On Friday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from Adams, who brought up a certain Chicago Bulls legend as part of the Melo conversation.
Dakari Johnson is ready to step up this season
I’ve been on the Dakari bandwagon since he was drafted in the second round back in 2015. Now it looks like he’s finally getting his chance to prove himself to the Big Leaguers. In fact, Dakari didn’t even get invited to training camp last season. But here he is now, a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
You know it’s official when Nick Gallo writes a feature story about you.
The Thunder recently signed Johnson to a contract, clearly impressed by his work in the G League with the Oklahoma City Blue, where he was named to the All-NBA G League First Team and was selected as an NBA G-League All-Star. He’ll have a chance to make the roster and compete for NBA playing time, starting in training camp this fall.
The benefit of keeping Kyle Singler around
This one had to have made you do a double-take. How can Singler, the subject of an infamous Reddit post, be a positive for the Thunder? If you give Joshua Lea’s article a gander you’ll see exactly why.
The Washington Wizards’ long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard wholesale jerseys John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.
Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.
Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.
The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA’s best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.
Mahinmi finished with two points (1-1 cheap jerseys nba FG), two blocks, one rebound and one assist across 10 minutes during Thursday’s 116-89 victory over the Celtics.
Mahinmi, who has been sidelined since April 12 with a left calf strain, saw the floor Thursday despite being initially ruled out for the contest and then upgraded to a game-time decision. While he only saw 10 minutes of action, the fact that he was able to record two blocks in such limited minutes is a good sign for his health and availability moving forward. His presence off the bench should help starting center Marcin Gortat avoid 35-to-40 minute workloads for the remainder of the playoffs.
With Chandler Parsons in the first year of his $94 million deal in Memphis, his latest injury proves the Mavericks right in letting him walk in free agency.
When Chandler Parsons bolted Houston for Dallas a few summers ago, the Mavericks were ecstatic to land possibly a future cornerstone of the franchise.
Parsons came into Dallas and played a stellar first half of his first season before having hybrid micro fracture surgery on his knee in March of 2014. Parsons would cheap nba jerseys authentic miss the rest of the season and appear in just one playoff game that season.
Last year, in Parsons’ second year in Dallas, he would start the year on a minute restriction only to have surgery on his meniscus in March and miss the rest of the season for the Mavs. He would never play another game in a Mavericks jersey again.
That summer, Parsons elected to opt out of the last year of his three-year deal to become an unrestricted free agent. Thinking that Cuban & Co. was bringing him back, Parsons got a stark surprise when the Mavericks elected to let him walk.
Back on the Chris Vernon Podcast in the Fall, Parsons had this to say in regards to free agency.
Parsons is honest in the fact that he knows that Dallas let him walk for nothing because they were not sold on his knee problems. That summer, Parsons would sign a four year, $94 million deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.
After playing in just six of the first 30 games of the season in Memphis, the recovery road for Parsons has been brutal. Now, 67 games into the season, Parsons has appeared in just 34 of them and is averaging career low numbers in every main category.
Then news broke on Monday concerning Parsons’ status for the rest of the season.
The Memphis Grizzlies officially announced that Parsons had a partial tear in his meniscus and is out indefinitely, which ESPN’s Tim MacMahon says is season ending.
Now, for the Mavs fans that crucified Cuban & Co. for letting him walk this summer, the decision is looked at as a big win for the Mavericks organization.
I am not condoning injuries by no means, but the medical team in Dallas was right and them not handing out $94 million to Parsons was a win for the franchise moving forward. What did the Mavericks do with the money that would have went to Chandler Parsons?
They signed Harrison Barnes to a max contract and what a breakout season Barnes has had in Dallas.
Barnes has played in all 66 games this season for the Mavericks and is averaging a career high in points with over 20 ppg. He has been a breath of fresh air in somewhat of a rocky season in Dallas and looks to be a young cornerstone of the post-Dirk future.
As Mavs fans, we wish Parsons nothing but the best in his injury recovery. But for a franchise that has made some questionable free agent decisions in the past, they got this one right in letting Parsons walk.
Anthony Davis has emerged as a two-way force during his three seasons in New Orleans, rightfully wearing the mantle as the NBA’s next generational star. The New Orleans Pelicans are understandably preparing to pay him like it.
Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported the Pelicans will offer Davis a five-year contract extension in July, which could exceed $140 million. The actual terms of Davis’ contract will depend on how high the salary cap rises in 2016-17, the first year of the NBA’s new television deal. Current projections have the cap in 2016-17 at $89 million, a jump of roughly $22 million ($21.9 million) from 2015-16, per Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.
Davis commented on the possibility of signing a max deal, per John Reid of NOLA.com.
“It’s a business, so whether this July or next July or the Julys down the road, it’s going to come up,” he said. “When that time comes, you are going have to deal with it and make tough decisions.”
Davis, who fans voted as an All-Star Game starter in February, will almost certainly be eligible for the so-called “Derrick Rose Rule.” Under a provision of the NBA’s current wholesale nba jerseys collective bargaining agreement, players are eligible to make 30 percent of their team’s salary cap when signing an extension if they reach certain performance benchmarks. Players on their rookie contracts who do not reach the parameters are capped at a maximum of 25 percent.
Davis averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game while leading the Pelicans to their first playoff berth in four seasons. His 30.81 player efficiency rating from this season is the 11th-highest mark in NBA history, per Basketball-Reference.com.
With Davis improving by leaps and bounds, it’s not a shock that the Pelicans will do everything possible to keep the budding superstar with the franchise. It’s ultimately up to Davis, however, whether he wants to sign a five-year deal with New Orleans or potentially pursue a shorter contract instead.