What happens if George leaves for the Lakers or another team? What is next for the Thunder, who would face another star player departing in free agency? In this scenario, they aren’t just empty-handed, they actually would have less than before the trade.
To get George, the Thunder dealt Victor Oladipo, now an All-Star and 2017-18 Most Improved Player, and high-caliber versatile big Domantas Sabonis: two young players on long-term, controllable contracts.
A total of 11 players signed extensions last offseason, including three super max deals (John Wall, James Harden and Russell Westbrook).
Let’s look at all the major decisions facing All-Stars, rising rookies and their teams, plus their effect on potential trade talks.
The President also had some criticism for the Commissioner.
I heard this thing, they were so happy, the owners, Trump said. This Commissioner, where this guy comes from I have no [idea]. They’re paying him $40 million a year, and their ratings are down 20 percent. But you know why their ratings are down? Yes, the flag. But they’re also down because people find politics — in other words, hitting Trump, incorrectly, but hitting Trump — they find that to be much tougher, meaner, and more interesting than watching a football game. They actually do. And they’re watching the cable networks instead of watching football.
Ultimately, his modest offensive production with the Huskies should have been enough to scare off a team drafting so high. Thabeet averaged only 13.6 points in his junior season, up from 6.2 his first season. He wasn’t overwhelmingly powerful, so he had trouble holding his ground against NBA defenders. If Memphis had spent this choice more wisely, it might have had the last ingredient to a legit title contender.
Other unproductive 2s: Darko Milicic, Detroit Pistons, 2003; Michael Beasley, Miami Heat, 2008; Marvin Williams, Atlanta Hawks, 2005.