Thunder Strike Lightning In Huge Deal
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The Jeff Green deal to the C’s immediately comes to mind. I told anyone who would listen then the Thunder wouldn’t miss a beat without Green. Green was a liability. Not only as a defender, but he couldn’t take me off the dribble.
Now we have the James Harden deal. Good player (many would say outstanding, but I believe his value is overrated) who had a great season last year, but Harden benefitted from the superb play of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Yes, he was like the “Microwave,” a tip of the cap to the wonderful and underappreciated Vinnie Johnson. But the Thunder offered Harden, who gagged big time in the NBA Finals, $54 million over 4 years and his agent Rob Pelinka refused it because they wanted $60 mil.
To quote the great Robert Parish, what’s the different between a few million when you’re talking that much cash?
Someone cranking up BBD? Poison!
Furthermore, Jeremy Lamb is 1 of the best rooks in this draft class. Mad skills for a guy his size. Give him time and he will eventually shine in that offense, particularly since the Thunder runs like the wind and he fits in perfectly. Add him and 2 1st-round picks to the mix and how can critics say this is a bad deal for the Thunder?
Kevin Martin gives the Thunder a much-needed outside shooter, but Lamb is the steal here. And who knows how the best GM in the NBA, Sam Presti, who I call the 2nd coming of Jerry West as a GM, will parlay those picks (there also is a 2nd rounder) into more good fortune. I can only imagine, with his brains and knack for mixing and matching stars and role players, what Presti will pull off. Unlike a lot of GMs, Presti gets it.
I’m all ears for the critics. Holler with your best shot.