Tag:Oklahoma City Thunder
Posted on: June 26, 2009 1:51 pm

Rubio: Let the speculation begin

When the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Ricky Rubio at No. 5 -- and then immediately took fellow PG Jonny Flynn at No. 6 -- it may have been the start of an interesting journey that could end with at least one of the rookies lpaying elsewhere.

Rubio first has a contract buyout to negotiate with his former team in Europe, which Timberwolves basketball operations vice president David Kahn says will be an "interesting ride," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

For Rubio, staying in Europe is apparently not out of the question, either.

"Right now I wouldn't rule out at all returning to Spain," El Pais quoted him as saying.

He also said he might be willing to postpone his debut with the Timberwolves a bit.

"It's a team that would even wait a year for me, so we'll see if I come over next year or not."

The Sacramento Bee speculated that Rubio was disappointed with the Kings passed him up with the No. 4 pick, and even more dejected with Minnesota claimed him. Confusing the issue even further was the selection of Flynn right afterward. Kahn said he would like to pair up Flynn and Rubio in the backcourt, but others speculate that the Wolves will try to deal Rubio or Flynn.

As far as Rubio's apparent disappointment with being selected by Minnesota, the Star Tribune quoted Kahn as saying it's not the location that's the issue.

"I don't think its a destination problem," he said. "I really don"t. I believe he would have been more than happy to play in Oklahoma City, and with all due respect to Oklahoma City."

Posted on: March 3, 2009 12:45 pm

Report: Smith headed back to Cleveland

The New York Post reports that Joe Smith -- whose contract was recently bought out by the Oklahoma City Thunder -- might be on the verge of re-joining the Cleveland Cavaliers once he clears waivers.

LeBron James
went on record on Monday to say he was in favor of the Cavs picking up Smith again, giving positive reviews to Smith as a teammate and for his work helping Cleveland down the stretch last year.

The Post also reported that the Lakers and the Hornets are expected to make runs at Smith, but that Cleveland is his expected destination.

Posted on: February 11, 2009 12:59 pm

Wilcox wants more minutes, open to trade

The Oklahoman reports that Thunder forward Chris Wilcox may be hoping to get traded before the Feb. 19 deadline for a change of pace and the possibility of getting more time on the court.

"I definitely wouldn't mind seeing something happen," Wilcox said. "I just hope that it's the right situation if it does happen."

Wilcox added that he hasn't heard anything regarding an increase in playing time, nor about a potential trade.

"Nobody said nothing to me or told me why I wasn't playing," he said. "I just come in, work out and do what I got to do and hopefully things will get better."

In the meantime, it's business as usual.

"It's been a learning experience for me. That's all I can say. It's something different, and I just had to adjust to it and play my role...It's been rough. It's been ups and downs. But at the end of the day I'm still here."

Posted on: February 4, 2009 11:37 am
Edited on: February 6, 2009 6:27 pm

Kings very busy as trade deadline nears

The Sacramento Bee
reports that the Kings are said to be one of the busiest teams in the NBA right now regarding trade talks. It is believed that no Kings player other than Kevin Martin is totally off the table, depending on the type of offer Sacramento gets.

John Salmons is said to the the player drawing the most interest from other teams, with the Oklahoma City Thunder very interested in acquiring him. The Thunder reportedly offered veteran forward Joe Smith for Salmons, but the Bee reports that there is no indication one way or the other about whether the Thunder would part with draft picks or a younger player to close a deal for Salmons.

Besides Salmons, Beno Udrih has reportedly drawn some interest from the Dallas Mavericks, who would like to add him as a backup for Jason Kidd and would send Jerry Stackhouse , among other players or commodities, to the Kings in return.

Mikki Moore reportedly told the Bee that the New Jersey Nets are interested in bringing him back to the east coast. Additionally, the Nets had offered Maurice Ager for Quincy Douby earlier in the season.

Posted on: January 12, 2009 11:44 am

Bobcats, Mavs, Thunder trade in works?

The Charlotte Observer reports that there is a potential three-way trade brewing between the Bobcats, the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The deal would reportedly involve the Bobcats getting rid of Raymond Felton and backup C Nazr Mohammed, whose contract calls for roughly $13.3 million through the 2009-10 season.

"It wouldn't be fair for me to speculate on any rumors," Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins said, as quoted by the Observer. "In the NBA, you're constantly talking to other teams. It's impossible to know if any deal would happen."

Other reports have Sean May also involved in the trade, with all three Bobcats going to Dallas. The Mavericks would reportedly give up DeSagana Diop to Charlotte, while the Thunder would send Earl Watson to Charlotte and receive Jerry Stackhouse and a future second-round draft pick.

Posted on: January 8, 2009 11:29 am

Is Kleiza the next Nugget to be traded?

The Denver Nuggets have been among the busiest teams this season when it comes to making roster moves. The Nuggets are beneath the luxury tax threshold, which was one of the primary goals of its roster changes. With that situation under control, head coach George Karl said there is now a greater chance for the team to make key moves before the trade deadline on Feb. 19.

"I think the window of opportunity to maybe try to make a trade that will impact our team has gotten better because of being under the tax line," Karl said, as quoted in the Rocky Mountain News.
One of the players who could be traded is Linas Kleiza, since he will become a restricted free agent next summer. The Rocky Mountain News noted that Kleiza could either ask for a contract too rich for the Nuggets to afford, or he could leave for Europe, and in either case, the Nuggets wouldn't get anything in return for losing his services -- making it more attractive to trade Kleiza now and prevent that situation.

On Jan. 7, the Nuggets sent Chucky Atkins to Oklahoma City and picked up big man Johan Petro in return. According to the Rocky Mountain News, Atkins is unsure whether the Thunder will choose to keep him on board, or let him go and pay off his remaining salary, or simply trade him to yet another team.

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