The Oklahoma City Thunder rescinded the qualifying offer to guard Dion Waiters on Monday, making him an unrestricted free agent, league sources told The Vertical. The move protects salary cap space for the Thunder’s primary offseason objective, league sources said: persuading five-time All-Star guard Russell Westbrook to renegotiate his contract, which would eliminate his 2017 free agency.
February 23, 2017 | 5:42 pm EST Update
Bogdanovic quickly realized that he wasn’t in Brooklyn anymore. “It’s a big change for me (coming) from a team that’s the worst in the league to one of the best teams right now in the league, with an all-star point guard. It’s a big jump for me,” Bogdanovic told reporters on Thursday. “I can see a little bit from practice that they have great chemistry.”
Neil Olshey: “We wanted to build more for the future. We added Jusuf Nurkic, a young big guy. We like his potential. He came along with a first round pick, so having three picks in this draft — having all of our players offer cost-certainty because they’re all under contract — gives us a lot of flexibility to make deals when we get into the offseason.”