While this offseason’s headlines have partly been about the Oklahoma City Thunder pulling off the shocking trade with the Indiana Pacers to land Paul George, a new topic of conversation is on the horizon.
It will be about the contract status and future of Russell Westbrook who is eligible for a multi-year deal extension for over $200 million.
Westbrook’s teammate Enes Kanter talked to The Norman Transcript about the pending extension and how important Westbrook is to the team and the city.
“He knows that there is not another place on Earth that people love him like OKC fans do” Kanter said.
“I see him like my brother, and he loves it here. I hope he’ll stay. He’s a huge part of our family.”
And while Kanter knows how important Westbrook is to the team he admits that he hasn’t discussed the contract extension with Westbrook and that it is “awkward”.
“No. We don’t talk about it. We don’t talk about it, yeah” Kanter said/
“It is awkward. Of course it is awkward, but in the end, it’s a business. We don’t really talk about it, but we know how much we love each other.”
Thunder Asking Price Steep for Steven Adams
As the Oklahoma City Thunder look to create some cap relief, they are shopping big man Steven Adams, but don’t seem to be finding any takers.
According to Matt George of 1140 KHTK, Oklahoma City’s asking price for Adams is viewed as “too high.”
Moving Adams won’t be easy as he is owed more than $53 million for the next two seasons in his contract.
Adams is coming off a season in which he scored 13.9 points per game, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.6 assists for the Thunder last season.
Thunder Shopping Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Dennis Schroder, 21st Pick
The Oklahoma City Thunder are shopping a ton of assets in an effort to clear some salary space.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Jake Fischer, the Thunder are making center Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and point guard Dennis Schroder available, in addition with the 21st pick in the draft, in an effort to shed salary.
Oklahoma City currently has nearly $140 million guaranteed for the 2019-20 season, above the luxury tax threshold.
Blazers’ Damian Lillard Discusses Game Winning Shot
In the ultimate last work towards the trash talking Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard hit a ridiculous, buzzer-beating 3-point shot to eliminate the Thunder on Tuesday.
The shot will live on for an eternity and Lillard took time to discuss the dagger that sent the talking Russell Westbrook and his team packing.
“I was blanking out,” Lillard said, according to Jason Quick of The Athletic. “I was having my own thoughts. I was … angry. Not that type of anger like I was mad, but anger like I was in a rage.”
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