The Thunder’s step forward

a third of September 2008 a new franchise was born in the NBA, the old one of Seattle SuperSonics would leave his place to Oklahoma City Thunder. The managers announced the name, logo and colors of the team that would begin its journey in the league that season. A team that captained by Kevin Durant and the Big Three that formed with Westbrook and Hardenit would reach about NBA finals and three conference finals. In 2016, after losing in a seventh game against the Golden State Warriors, Durant made the decision to leave the franchise and go to the team that had beaten him so many times. Several transfers, a new big three with Paul George and Carmelo, but they would never be this close to winning a ring again. In 2019, with the transfer request of Paul George and the exchange for Westbrook, the great reconstruction would begin. Until 2030 they will have 30 picks of the draft between the first and second round, with several exchange possibilities.

bets this summer

Last season they would end up with a negative balance of 40-42 in tenth positionpassing first round of play-in and falling off Minnesota. The season where his star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made an All-Star for the first time and enter the second best five. By his side, young players who promise a lot like Josh Giddey, Dort or Jalen Williams. Sam Presti has made several decisions in this free agency and draft to take a step forward this year. The first movement was on the night of draftexchanging his pick 11 for the ten of Dallas and Davis Bertans to select to House Wallace. The point guard has left good feelings in the Summer League with his good shot from three, 20 points and 6/10 in triples. He can play a vital role in the rotation of the team coached by Mark Daigneault. A player who was already in the team, but who has not yet made his debut in an official match is chet holmgren. The pivot that was lost all season due to injury, is back in great shape and may be a candidate for Rookie of the Year. In his last duel against the Mavs he got a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. To these two we must add the arrival of Micic who makes the leap from Europe. The most decisive player in recent seasons in the Euroleague faces the American challenge, for three years and $23.5 million.

Vasilije Micic, Serbian point guard for Anadolu Efes.
Vasilije Micic, in an Anadolu Efes match.Aykut AkiciE.B. via Getty Images

Undoubtedly, the youngest team in the league faces the challenge of making the definitive jump to the playoffs for the first time since the bubble. Despite the big names they have on their squad, they continue to make moves to close the rotations. On Saturday afternoon, as reported by Adrian Wojnarowski (ESPN), Usman Garuba was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with TyTy Washington and Rudy Gay in exchange for Patty Mills. In addition, in the operation the Georgia franchise would save about $4.5 million. And it seems that the reconstruction that began in 2019 could be in its definitive takeoff season.

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