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NBA free agency 2021: Thunder squash Shai Gilgeous-Alexander trade rumors with $172M max deal, per report

In the weeks leading up to the NBA Draft and the opening of free agent negotiations, there were whispers that Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti might be looking to trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to either add to his sardine jar of future draft picks or move up for a higher pick than OKC's No. 6 selection this year -- perhaps trying to get as high as No. 1 to select Cade Cunningham. 

But it never happened, and it would appear OKC is now committed to being in business with Gilgeous-Alexander for the long haul after he agreed to sign a five-year, $172 million max rookie extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Gilgeous-Alexander joins Trae Young as the first two players from the 2018 draft class to agree to max rookie extensions. Young agreed to the same deal as SGA on Monday with the Hawks. Both players could end up making an estimated $207 million over the life of the deal if they meet the criteria for the Rose Rule, which is detailed below:

  • The player was named to an All-NBA team in the most recent season, or in two of the past three seasons.
  • The player was named Defensive Player of the Year in the most recent season, or in two of the past three seasons.
  • The player was named Most Valuable Player in any of the past three seasons.

Neither Gilgeous-Alexander nor Young has made an All-NBA team to date, meaning they would have to make one of the three teams this coming season to qualify for the higher max (30 percent of the cap). 

Luka Doncic, who was also drafted in 2018 and is expected to sign a max rookie extension after the Olympics, has already met the Rose Rule criteria by making All-NBA in each of the last two seasons. Fellow 2018 draft class members Deandre Ayton and Michael Porter Jr. are also expected to sign max extensions this offseason. 

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Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the better players in the league that a lot of people might not know a lot about. In his age-22 season, he averaged 23.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds on 51/42/81 shooting splits. He has the whole bag offensively and is one of the most clever finishers in the league. His wrong-footed/long-armed layups are basketball art, and his jumper is far better than people thought it would be coming out of college. 

SGA's defense is the opposite of his offense: it isn't as good as people think. You look at him and see his length and hands and think he fits the modern defensive bill, and he does. But he gets beat a lot, and his instincts aren't great. He has defensive upside, but it's his offense that got him paid. 

Sours: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-free-agency-2021-thunder-squash-shai-gilgeous-alexander-trade-rumors-with-172m-max-deal-per-report/

Utah Jazz trade Derrick Favors to Oklahoma City Thunder for a future second-round pick

The Utah Jazz have agreed to trade big man Derrick Favors and a future first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2027 second-round pick and cash considerations, the team announced on Friday. The move adds yet another draft pick to the Thunder's arsenal over the next couple years, while the Jazz save some money as Favors is owed nearly $20 million over the next two years. 

Oklahoma City now has 13 first-round picks over the next five drafts that they've acquired through trading players such as Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul and Paul George. Since trading away George and Westbrook, the Thunder have become the team that other franchises work with to dump contracts they no longer want by attaching a couple draft picks to it. Back in June, that's what happened when the Boston Celticstraded Kemba Walker and the No. 16 pick in Thursday night's draft for Al Horford who was shipped to OKC from Philadelphia this year. 

The Thunder have managed to stockpile draft picks, and have helped the players who get sent to their basketball limbo repair their image around the league and land somewhere else, the best example being Paul. For Favors, this could go one of two ways. The Thunder could decide to keep him for the season before his player option comes up in 2022, in hopes that his value goes up to get a better draft pick for him. Or Oklahoma City could decide to reroute Favors to another team and flip him for yet another pick, or perhaps a young player. 

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For the Jazz, This brings them to $13 million below the luxury tax, which will be important to remember when they attempt to re-sign guard Mike Conley who is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Prior to this trade, any deal to bring back Conley -- now an All-Star -- would've put Utah over the luxury tax, who could command $20-22 million, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Getting Favors contract off the books now softens the financial blow a little bit if Conley returns.

Sours: https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/utah-jazz-trade-derrick-favors-to-oklahoma-city-thunder-for-a-future-second-round-pick/
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OKC Thunder are in a great position to trade for Karl-Anthony Towns

The OKC Thunder have a ton of NBA Draft capital, especially after re-loading during the 2021 NBA Draft by trading away the rights to Alprene Sengun. While the Oklahoma City Thunder do not appear to be playoff contenders in the western conference for the 2021-22 NBA season, their ability to control the 2022 NBA Draft and trade market, is what brings a ton of excitement as the organization attempts to rebuild a championship contender.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, who have debated going all-in for Ben Simmons in an attempt to make the NBA postseason, made a shocking move this afternoon in firing their General Manager Gersson Rosas just days before the start of training camp.

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The team is promoting Sachin Gupta to the head of basketball operations, Gupta invented a tool you likely use every few weeks, ESPN’s trade machine. On the surface, the Wolves making a move after making the playoffs just one time in 16 years is not surprising. However, why give Rosas the entire offseason of control and wait until training camp is six days away?

OKC Thunder in line to trade for Karl-Anthony Towns if he demands out

This move created a stir in Minnesota, even prompting the Wolves star player, Karl-Anthony Towns, to tweet out a cryptic message.

Now, this tweet could simply be the NBA All-Star wanting the sweet, sweet, twitter interaction on his account. After all, nothing gives you a buzz like over 25 thousand likes on a post in less than five hours.

However, it could also be the final straw. After making the NBA Postseason just once in his NBA career, a five-game series loss to the Houston Rockets, the two-time NBA All-Star, and 2015-16 Rookie of the Year could demand out of this dysfunctional organization set to undergo new ownership in a few seasons.

If KAT wants out of Minnesota, no team is positioned better than the OKC Thunder to the All-NBA player to their roster.  The Kentucky product is still just 25 years old, he is owed 31.6 million dollars this season, and is under club control until 2024.

The OKC Thunder have 36 future NBA Draft selections, including three picks in the top 30 during the 2022 NBA Draft, using those picks along with a few young pieces Theo Maledon, Darius Bazley, or even 6th overall pick Josh Giddey could land the Thunder KAT while keeping in place a solid core, and a lot more draft capital to continue to bolster the team.

What would you give up for Karl-Anthony Towns if you were OKC Thunder General Manager Sam Presti?

Sours: https://thunderousintentions.com/2021/09/22/okc-thunder-trade-karl-anthony-towns/
Why The OKC Thunder Will Trade Up To Get Jalen Green

2020-21 Oklahoma City Thunder

  • November 11, 2020

    Hired Mark Daigneault as Head Coach.

  • November 16, 2020

    Traded Abdel Nader and Chris Paul to the Phoenix Suns for Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio and a 2022 1st round draft pick.

  • November 18, 2020

    Traded Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers for Danny Green and Jaden McDaniels.

  • November 19, 2020

    Signed Josh Hall to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Traded Cassius Winston and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards for Vit Krejci and Admiral Schofield. 2024 2nd-rd pick is MEM own, Washington also received a trade exception from Oklahoma City.

    Traded a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Vincent Poirier and cash. (2021 2nd-rd pick (OKC own) is top 55 protected, Boston also received a trade exception from Oklahoma City. Did not convey 2021.)

  • November 20, 2020

    As part of a 3-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Immanuel Quickley to the New York Knicks; the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Jaden McDaniels and Ricky Rubio to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Mathias Lessort and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded James Johnson, Aleksej Pokusevski and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder; and the New York Knicks traded a 2020 1st round draft pick (Leandro Bolmaro was later selected) to the Minnesota Timberwolves. 2023 2nd-rd pick is DET own. 2024 2nd-rd pick is MIN own

  • November 22, 2020

    Traded Kelly Oubre Jr. to the Golden State Warriors for a 2021 2nd round draft pick (Miles McBride was later selected) and a 2021 2nd round draft pick (Aaron Wiggins was later selected). 2021 2nd-rd pick is DEN own, Golden State also received a trade exception. (2021 1st-rd pick (GSW own) is top 20 protected, will turn into 2021 2nd-rd pick (MIN own) if it does not convey. Did not convey 2021).

  • November 23, 2020

    As part of a 4-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Steven Adams to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2023 1st round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Milwaukee Bucks traded R.J. Hampton to the Denver Nuggets; the Milwaukee Bucks traded Eric Bledsoe, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick, a 2026 1st round draft pick and a 2027 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Milwaukee Bucks traded George Hill to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the New Orleans Pelicans traded Jrue Holiday and Sam Merrill to the Milwaukee Bucks; and the New Orleans Pelicans traded Zylan Cheatham, Joshia Gray, Darius Miller, Kenrich Williams, a 2023 2nd round draft pick and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. New Orleans acquires right to swap 2024 1st-rd pick with Milwaukee 2025 1st-rd pick is MIL own New Orleans acquires right to swap 2026 1st-rd pick with Milwaukee 2027 1st-rd pick is MIL own 2023 1st-rd pick (DEN own) is top-14 protected 2023 2nd-rd pick is WAS own 2024 2nd-rd pick is CHO own

  • November 24, 2020

    Signed Danilo Gallinari to a multi-year contract.

    Traded Danilo Gallinari and cash to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2025 2nd round draft pick. 2025 2nd-rd pick is ATL own, Oklahoma City also received a trade exception

  • November 25, 2020

    Traded Jalen Lecque to the Indiana Pacers for T.J. Leaf and a 2027 2nd round draft pick. Indiana also received a trade exception 2027 2nd-rd pick is IND own, Oklahoma City also received a trade exception

  • November 27, 2020

    As part of a 3-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded James Johnson to the Dallas Mavericks; the Dallas Mavericks traded Delon Wright to the Detroit Pistons; the Dallas Mavericks traded Justin Jackson, a 2023 2nd round draft pick and a 2026 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder; and the Detroit Pistons traded Trevor Ariza to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 2023 2nd-rd pick is more favorable of DAL or MIA own 2026 2nd-rd pick is DAL own

  • December 1, 2020

    Signed Aleksej Pokusevski to a multi-year contract.

    Waived Josh Gray.

  • December 2, 2020

    Signed Antonius Cleveland to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Waived Zylan Cheatham.

  • December 3, 2020

    Signed Melvin Frazier as a free agent.

  • December 4, 2020

    Signed Frank Jackson as a free agent.

  • December 5, 2020

    Signed Jaylen Hoard to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Waived Melvin Frazier.

  • December 6, 2020

    Waived Jaylen Hoard.

  • December 8, 2020

    Signed Omer Yurtseven to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Signed Moses Brown to a two-way contract.

    Traded Terrance Ferguson, Danny Green and Vincent Poirier to the Philadelphia 76ers for Al Horford, Théo Maledon, Vasilije Micić and a 2025 1st round draft pick. 2025 1st-rd pick (PHI own) is top-6 protected Philadelphia also received a trade exception from Oklahoma City.

  • December 9, 2020

    Signed Théo Maledon to a multi-year contract.

  • December 18, 2020

    Waived T.J. Leaf.

    Waived Admiral Schofield.

  • December 19, 2020

    Signed Chasson Randle to an Exhibit 10 contract.

    Waived Chasson Randle.

  • December 21, 2020

    Waived Frank Jackson.

  • February 3, 2021

    Assigned Ty Jerome to the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.

    Assigned Aleksej Pokusevski to the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.

  • February 25, 2021

    Recalled Ty Jerome from the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.

  • March 5, 2021

    Recalled Aleksej Pokusevski from the Oklahoma City Blue of the G-League.

  • March 13, 2021

    Traded Hamidou Diallo to the Detroit Pistons for Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and a 2027 2nd round draft pick.

  • March 17, 2021

    Traded Trevor Ariza to the Miami Heat for Meyers Leonard and a 2027 2nd round draft pick. Oklahoma City also receives a trade exception

  • March 25, 2021

    As part of a 3-team trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded George Hill to the Philadelphia 76ers; the New York Knicks traded Austin Rivers to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the New York Knicks traded Ignas Brazdeikis to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Philadelphia 76ers traded Terrance Ferguson, Vincent Poirier, Emir Preldžić, a 2021 2nd round draft pick (Jericho Sims was later selected) and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the New York Knicks; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded Tony Bradley, a 2025 2nd round draft pick and a 2026 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder. 2021 2nd-rd pick is PHI own 2024 2nd-rd (MIA own) is top-55 protected 2025 2nd-rd pick is PHI own 2026 2nd-rd pick is PHI own

    Waived Meyers Leonard.

  • March 28, 2021

    Signed Moses Brown to a multi-year contract.

    Waived Austin Rivers.

    Waived Moses Brown.

  • April 5, 2021

    Signed Justin Robinson to a 10-day contract.

    Signed Jaylen Hoard to a two-way contract.

    Waived Justin Jackson.

  • April 8, 2021

    Waived Darius Miller.

  • April 10, 2021

    Signed Gabriel Deck to a multi-year contract.

  • April 15, 2021

    Signed Justin Robinson to a 2nd 10-day contract.

  • April 25, 2021

    Signed Charlie Brown to a 10-day contract.

  • May 5, 2021

    Signed Charlie Brown to a 2nd 10-day contract.

  • May 15, 2021

    Signed Charlie Brown.

  • June 18, 2021

    Traded Moses Brown, Al Horford and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Kemba Walker, a 2021 1st round draft pick (Alperen Şengün was later selected) and a 2025 2nd round draft pick. 2021 1st-rd pick is BOS own Boston also received a trade exception

  • July 29, 2021

    Drafted Josh Giddey in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Drafted Alperen Şengün in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Drafted Tre Mann in the 1st round (18th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Drafted Rokas Jokubaitis in the 2nd round (34th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Drafted Miles McBride in the 2nd round (36th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

    Drafted Aaron Wiggins in the 2nd round (55th pick) of the 2021 NBA Draft.

  • Sours: https://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/OKC/2021_transactions.html

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    NBA Mock Trade: Evaluating Potential Thunder Trades

    With 18 first round picks in the next seven drafts and a slew of players, Oklahoma City could be looking to make a splash in the trade market. NBA Mock Trade: Evaluating Potential Thunder Trades

    With 18 first round picks in the next seven drafts and a slew of players, Oklahoma City could be looking to make a splash in the trade market.

    Former All-Star and veteran guard Kemba Walker would be the main deal in acquiring any current or potential star to pair with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

    Here are SI Thunder’s thoughts on what those potential trades could look like:

    * -- each header is linked to the full story

    Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma

    A solid role player potentially needing a fresh, new start, Kuzma could function well in an increased role. Perhaps his biggest perk, though, would be his discounted asking price.

    Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis

    Should Dallas want to mix it up, a Walker-Porzingis swap could do the trick. Porzingis fits OKC’s timeline much better and seems right up Presti’s alley.

    Hawks forward John Collins

    Collins is a star in search of a major deal and Oklahoma City, with plenty of cap room to spare, could offer what he’s looking for. A sign-and-trade with Collins approval would be needed, but an increased offensive role and more money seem like solid starts.

    Lakers forward Talen Horton-Tucker

    Currently a role player, Horton-Tucker has shown flashes in his limited role. Apparently a highly coveted player for Lakers, it could take more than Presti is willing to give to pry him away.

    Kings center Marvin Bagley III

    With his Sacramento clock ticking, Bagley III could be looking for a change of scenery. The Kings are reportedly looking for a win now player in exchange for their 2021 lottery pick, and could include the disgruntled Bagley in that trade.

    Sixers forward Ben Simmons

    With the lowest stock of his career, Simmons could be one of the most readily available stars for the right price. Philadelphia may not necessarily want Walker at the moment, but could get more desperate if they can’t find the right deal.

    Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton

    One of the top players from Gilgeous-Alexander’s draft class, Sexton’s time in Cleveland seems to be nearing its end. Sexton is in search of a big deal, one Oklahoma City could potentially offer should they feel good about his game.

    Sours: /nba/thunder/
    The Kemba Walker Trade Just Made The Thunder's Future Even Scarier

    Rockets acquire 16th pick Alperen Sengun in trade with Thunder

    Alperen Sengun was the No. 16 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder traded its second first-round pick, at No. 16, to Houston and chose Alperen Sengun for the Rockets. The Thunder received a pair of future first-round picks in return.

    The center from Turkey has played there professionally since 2018 and was named MVP of his league this season after averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

    The Rockets selected Jalen Green earlier with their No. 2 pick, while the Thunder selected Josh Giddey with their No. 6 pick.

    The Thunder also took Tre Mann, a 6-foot-5 guard from Florida, with the No. 18 overall pick in the first round.

    “We felt it was an extremely productive night for us,” Thunder general manager, Sam Presti said. “We are excited about the players that we were able to add and excited about those guys coming into the program. They all bring something different and I think will be positive contributors to the organization. They all have a lot of work in front of them and this is just the starting point for their careers. … We’re looking forward to walking with them through their development paths.”

    Giddey is the first NBA Global Academy graduate to be drafted into the NBA and the highest-drafted player from Australia since Ben Simmons, who went first overall to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2016.

    Giddey is the eighth Australian to be drafted in the first round. Although he wasn’t from Australia, in 2017, the Thunder used the No. 21 overall pick on Terrance Ferguson, who had played for the 36ers the previous season.

    The Rockets dealt one of their last remaining veterans in March when they traded P.J. Tucker to Milwaukee in a swap that netted Houston the No. 24 pick in this year’s draft. Houston nabbed Arizona State shooting guard Josh Christopher with that pick.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


    > Every reported Draft night deal

    Sours: https://www.nba.com/news/rockets-acquire-16th-pick-alperen-sengun-in-trade-with-thunder

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    After joining the Thunder on a training camp deal earlier in the week, veteran wing Melvin Frazier has been waived, the team announced today.

    The No. 35 pick in the 2018 draft, Frazier played in just 29 NBA games in his first two professional seasons, with Orlando. He has spent more time in the G League over the last three years, appearing in 41 games with the Lakeland Magic from 2018-20, then suiting up for the Oklahoma City Blue in the 2021 NBAGL bubble.

    Frazier played a limited role with the Blue, averaging just 6.8 PPG and 3.4 RPG in 12 games (20.8 MPG), but the fact that he received an Exhibit 10 deal this week suggests the Thunder plan on having him return to their G League affiliate for the 2021/22 season.

    The Thunder now have an open roster spot and may use it to sign Zavier Simpson. Our JD Shaw (Twitter link) hears from a source that Oklahoma City is expected to sign the guard to an Exhibit 10 deal.

    Like Frazier, Simpson played for the OKC Blue last season and would be in line for a bonus worth up to $50K if he returns to the G League and spends at least 60 days with the club. The former Michigan Wolverine averaged 9.8 PPG, 6.1 APG, and 4.3 RPG in 15 games (28.5 MPG) in the G League in 2021.

    Sours: https://www.hoopsrumors.com/oklahoma-city-thunder


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