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Western Rumors: Thunder, McCollum, Suns, Barnes

The Thunder still need to address their perimeter shooting, according to Eric Horne of The Oklahoman. Free agent Dorell Wright could be an option at small forward, Horne speculates, but the club is taking a cautious approach with its payroll. Not only are the Thunder hoping that Russell Westbrook signs an extension but they also have to plan on commitments to Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Victor Oladipo, who are also eligible for extensions and can become restricted free agents next summer, Horne adds.

In other doings concerning the Western Conference:

  • C.J. McCollum‘s contract extension with the Blazers falls shy of the maximum, Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders tweets. McCollum agreed to an extension that kicks in for the 2017/18 season and is worth $106MM over those four years.
  • Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle helped convince the Suns to claim John Jenkins off waivers in February, Jenkins told Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders. When Dallas needed to create roster space after the trade deadline, Jenkins became the odd man out. He wound up appearing in 22 games with the Suns, averaging 5.0 points in 13.0 minutes, and remains on their roster for next season. “I was waiting for the waiver period to pass to see if my contract would be cleared and if I’d become a free agent,” Jenkins told Kennedy of his time on waivers. “Then, I was told by my agent that Coach Carlisle called the Phoenix Suns on my behalf and spoke highly of me. He looked out for me big time and I really appreciate that.”
  • Harrison Barnes finds himself in an awkward spot with Team USA, playing alongside ex-Warriors teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and his replacement Kevin Durant, Steve Aschburner of NBA.com reports. Barnes signed a four-year, $95MM offer sheet to join the Mavericks after Durant committed to Golden State. “It’s weird. It’s like the last chapter we’ll play together in our basketball careers. But we’re embracing it,” Thompson told Aschburner. “HB’s a great guy. … He’s only scratched the surface of what he can do. I’m happy for him, and me and Draymond are happy for one more go-round because he really is a great teammate.”
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12 thoughts on “Western Rumors: Thunder, McCollum, Suns, Barnes

  1. woodstock005

    And average NBA player made $25 million?.???
    So what will be an impact NBA player salary will be??

    • Reg Grn

      Idk which 1 you’re talking about being average,McCollum or Barnes,but neither 1 is really average.McCollum is a big reason why Portland stayed competitive after losing Aldridge.Crabbe or Turner are closers to being average.McCollum is a borderline allstar.and Barnes numbers might look average,but he was 4th option at best in Gs.we’Lloyd probably see a nice boost from him in Dallas.

      • Reg Grn

        We’ll* ……my phones crazy adding oyd to that.

        • What did you say, Lloyd?

  2. woodstock005

    An average NBA player made $ 25 million?????
    Wonder how much will Larry Bird make today???

    • You don’t have to wonder, you have the answer. He would make a max contract, same as LeBron. Even though both would deserve 50+ million easily, they are/would be drastically underpaid. The reason Barnes and players like him make 20+ million is because the salary cap/max contract structure literally take money from the best players and distribute it to middle of the pack players. It is pure economics and it will not and should not change until they change the structure.
      Sadly 25 mil to Barnes is NOT really an overpay in today’s NBA. You basically have 100 million to give to 13 players, 3 of them will make minimum and the salaries are pretty much capped at 30 mil. It’s just math. Playing 15 minutes a game is worth about 10 million dollars now.

  3. Jim Shoe

    I’m sure HB is really thrilled to play with his back-stabbing former teammate who actively recruited the guy who replaced him. All year long and even in the playoffs. What a bunch of low lifes.

    • [email protected]

      low lifes…it’s about winning championships…friendship goes on after the game but if HB showed up AT ALL in the playoffs KD would not have been recruited to replace him. He was useless and the opportunity was all his to earn the extension with GSW but he flopped. They are friends regardless of the recruitment of KD you idiot. Saying low lifes is the statement of a bitter fan of a non-contending team.

    • [email protected]

      low lifes???…it’s about winning championships…friendship goes on after the game but if HB showed up AT ALL in the playoffs KD would not have been recruited to replace him. He was useless and the opportunity was all his to earn the extension with GSW but he flopped. They are friends regardless of the recruitment of KD you idiot. Saying low lifes is the statement of a bitter fan of a non-contending team.

  4. jrtgiantswarriorsraiders

    Loved HB but he still needs a TON of work!! 95 million is CRAZY

  5. khines939

    If u put HB on Dallas he’s going to be a star just watch

    • Gary333

      We felt the same way for the last few years here on the Dubs! Good luck with that!

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