Mitch McGary Rumors

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Mitch McGary
Mitch McGary
Position: C
Born: 06/06/92
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:250 lbs. / 113.4 kg.
Salary: $1,526,040
Kevin Durant’s looming free agency will overtake Oklahoma City and, really, the entire sports world at the start of July. But for the Thunder, another important summer checkpoint will be ongoing at the same time: summer league. A few of OKC’s young pieces are expected to compete: Cameron Payne, Josh Huestis and Mitch McGary. But perhaps the Thunder’s most anticipated young talent, rookie Domantas Sabonis, won’t be in Orlando for summer league, The Oklahoman has learned. But it’s for good reason. Sabonis, the 11th overall pick acquired in the Serge Ibaka trade, will focus on competing for his home country of Lithuania in the summer Olympics. His father, Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, is the president of the Lithanian Basketball Federation. The country has a well-respected history in international hoops competitions, including three Olympic bronze medals. Sabonis is expected to play a role on the team, alongside fellow NBA big man Jonas Valanciunas.
Storyline: Olympic Games
McGary plans to be with the Thunder at Orlando Summer League in two weeks, but cryptically said “it’s not really my call.” He spoke like a man who wants to stay in OKC, but who’s also acutely aware that his opportunity could be in another city. “I couldn’t imagine playing for another team. This is the team that drafted me,” McGary said. “Like I said, I’m loyal, but I just want to play ball. That’s it.”
The interview lasted longer than all but two of his 20 game appearances in 2015-16. It was another lost season for McGary, an undoubtedly talented forward who still faces questions about his health and commitment to basketball entering a critical third year with the Thunder. “If I want to prove the player that I am and that I have the potential to be, that I know I can play at this level and be an elite player with some of the guys up there, this is a big time for me to prove myself,” McGary said.
McGary remained away from the team for a couple weeks, until Game 2 on Monday night, when he showed back up at the arena and sat on the bench. He’s been at OKC practice the past two days and is now officially back with the team. On Wednesday, he spoke with reporters for the first time, but opened with a statement. “You guys mind if I opened with a little segment?” McGary said. “I appreciate you guys interviewing me, and I know you’re concerned with where I’ve been the last few weeks. But I’d just like to leave that as a private matter, and that’s it. I’d appreciate if you’d respect that.” When asked vaguely about the last couple weeks — How tough was it to be away from the team? Were you able to play basketball at all? — McGary again declined to comment.