Things change rather quickly in the NBA.
Just days after the shocking trade that sent Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers, it appears that the Oklahoma City Thunder have embraced going full tank mode and are weighing their options with their franchise point guard.
According to reports, the team is considering trading Russell Westbrook and are looking to talk with potential suitors to gauge what return they can get for the eight-time NBA All-Star.
While Westbrook is one of the league’s best players, his contract is an absolute albatross. He is due $170 million over the next four seasons, which will make it difficult to find a team that is a) willing to take on that contract, and b) willing to part with the necessary players/their overall depth in order to match salaries.
The Miami Heat and Houston Rockets are among the teams interested in his services, but still have a lot of work to do in order to finalize a deal.
If Westbrook does get dealt this offseason, it will certainly be the end of an era in OKC. The 30-year old has spent his entire NBA career with the organization, averaging 23 points, 8.4 assists, and seven rebounds over a span of 821 regular season games and 11 seasons.
The Thunder already a big head start with all the future draft picks they acquired in the Clippers trade (three unprotected first-round picks [2022, 2024 and 2026] from the Clippers, two first-round picks via Heat [2021 unprotected and 2023 lottery protected], and two unprotected pick swaps via Clippers in 2023 and 2025), and are looking to acquire additional assets to help boost their rebuild in a big way.
Jimmy Butler has chance to send Heat to Finals, can’t deliver after clanking wide open three off front of rim
The Miami Heat were so close to competing the comeback and heading off the NBA Finals.
They were down by two and had possession with less than 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Instead of managing the clock and waiting as long as possible to get a shot off, Butler tried to take advantage of having a wide open shot and fired off a transition three with no defenders around him with still 17 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Heat, Butler simply didn’t get enough lift into the shot and clanked it off the front of the rim.
By the end of it all, Celtics won by four and find themselves off to the next round while the Heat are forced to reminisce over what went wrong.
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Raptors forward Pascal Siakam selected to All-NBA third team
Pascal Siakam accomplished something that not a lot of players that failed to make the All-Star team can do.
The Toronto Raptors forward was officially selected to the 2022 edition of the All-NBA third team after receiving 42 third-team votes and seven second-team votes.
The 28-year old played exceptional on both ends of the floor, and bounced back after a rough pandemic-shortened campaign in Tampa Bay. He averaged 22.8 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists through 68 games in 2021/22.
Siakam is just the third player in franchise history to receive the honour (Vince Carter, DeMar DeRozan). It marks the second time in his career he was selected to an All-NBA team. He was previously selected to an All-NBA second team after an impressive All-Star season in 2019/2020.
Award-winning rapper J. Cole will be playing basketball in Canada this summer
J-Cole wants to prove to everybody that he is more than just a rapper. He is also an aspiring basketball player and will get to play professionally north of the border.
The Grammy-winning artist has reportedly signed a contract to play for Canadian basketball team Scarborough Shooting Stars of the
Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).
The 37-year old previously played basketball in Africa last May with
Patriots Basketball Club of the Basketball Africa League, but left after just three games due to “family obligations”.
The Shooting Stars will open their season against the Guelph Nighthawks on May 26.