Thunder Notes: Horford, Westbrook, Donovan

Al Horford considered signing with the Thunder during free agency this past summer in part because of his relationship with Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan, who coached Horford at Florida, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com relays (ESPN Now link). Horford instead signed a four-year deal with the Celtics. Horford added that his decision may have been impacted by the uncertainty around Kevin Durant‘s future at the time.

“I didn’t say this to anybody, but I was strongly considering [OKC] and just the possibilities of playing under coach again,” Horford said. “Those were realistic things, but at the end of the day I made my decision to be here with Boston.”

Here is more on the Thunder:

  • Mavs owner Mark Cuban reaffirmed his belief that Russell Westbrook is not a superstar despite the guard averaging more than 30 points per game and a triple-double per game, Erik Horne of The Oklahoman relays. Cuban beleives a superstar needs to carry a team to 50 wins and a postseason series victory, per Horne.
  • Donovan has used a small lineup at times featuring small forwards Jerami Grant at center and Andre Roberson at power forward, guard Anthony Morrow at small forward and a backcourt of Westbrook and Victor Oladipo that the coach beleives should help against teams that spread the floor, Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman writes. Donovan hasn’t used the lineup, which does not feature big men Steven Adams or Enes Kanter, much, but the team is on board with the idea of being more versatile, Dawson adds.
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2 thoughts on “Thunder Notes: Horford, Westbrook, Donovan

  1. 123Redsox

    Honestly, Mark Cuban is stupid. I guess by his standards Steph curry who won the mvp in back to back years including the only unanimous mvp award in history isn’t a superstar either because he has had help carrying his team to win 50+ games in the regular season and winning in the playoffs from other players such as klay Thompson and draymond green.

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    • dust44

      Curry has a ring? Lol. Westbrook is the same kinda player John Wall and Derek Rose etc going back further. Allen Iverson, Stephon Maubury, etc. small shoot first point guards who wow everyone but can’t/won’t lead a team to a championship. If Westbrook was really a “super-star” would Durant have left? Don’t fall in love with stats. Dudes a good and exciting player. But he’s not a super star. Unless u have a different definition of the word. There’s only a handful of real super stars. LeBron

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