Bryan Colangelo Rumors
The trade happened early in the season, hours before the third game. The Thunder had been inquiring about Grant for a while before the deal occurred. “This is something that Oklahoma City has pursued for some time,” Colangelo said. “They’ve expressed an interest in Jerami Grant over the course of time. The offers continued to get richer and richer. This led to the right timing from our perspective when the offer became realistic for us to make a move with Jerami, who we viewed as a nice young piece here.”
“This is a unique deal that allows us to address both short term needs and longer term goals at the same time,” Colangelo said. “Ersan will bring us much needed perimeter shooting, floor spacing and roster balance, while the acquisition of a future pick or picks should continue to drive our ability to generate future roster building options. On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Jerami for his valuable contributions to our team and for always being the respectable and classy professional that he is.”
Probable starting point guard Jerryd Bayless is sidelined with a ligament injury of the right hand. He’s trying to avoid surgery via rehab and the time he’ll miss remains unclear. Given all of those factors, plus Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor being on minute restrictions, on a team that is the league’s youngest, would president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo now consider tanking this season in an effort to potentially make things better in future years? “Not a chance,” Colangelo replied Monday via text message.