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March 29, 2015 Updates
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They traded future first-round picks for Dion Waiters and Enes Kanter in separate deals, and though those players are young and the picks protected, those are the sort of win-now moves the Thunder hadn’t engaged in until this season. They are the mark of a team that knows time is precious — that failure today carries a scary downside that is no longer so far in the distance. And as rival executives note, those moves — especially the acquisition of a low-post scorer like Kanter who has a nice pick-and-pop chemistry with Westbrook — provide the road map for a post-Durant team in the worst-case scenario of his departure. Grantland

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January 24, 2015 Updates

Trying out a new nickname: Dion “Let Me Take A Couple Dribbles To Take This Long Contested 2 Real Quick”. I think Waiters is a pretty decent player and has potential to be a high quality contributor. But this contested long 2 business is something else. That earlier shot I mentioned, he literally took a dribble to put a single foot over the 3-point line to chuck a 21-footer. His strength is off the dribble, which means he’s going to have more contested shots than if he was catching and shooting set up by someone. I get that. But some of these shots are pretty bad. DailyThunder.com

January 23, 2015 Updates

“It doesn’t matter what you heard [in the media],” Perkins told Basketball Insiders on Waiters’ perceived reputation. “I’ve been impressed with his ability on the defensive end. The way he gets physical on the defensive end. The way he locks in. I have been more impressed with that. We already know he can score the ball. But I have been impressed with the commitment he’s shown on the defensive end.” Basketball Insiders

January 21, 2015 Updates

“Listen,” he said, “they give me the ball. Like, I touch the ball. Like, I actually, like, you know, touch the ball.” It was the second time in less than a week that Waiters trumpeted the freedom the Thunder has given him. “I’m able to feel the game out, knowing when to take the shot, when not to,” Waiters said. “Like I said, we got a great group of guys on this team who’s very unselfish and they want you to be successful. So I think I came into a great situation.” Oklahoman

January 19, 2015 Updates

"It's totally different, the environment," Waiters said. "Everything is great. The players have been welcoming from day one, and Russ and KD have been the best for me, especially. They're the first guys in the gym every day, two hours before practice. And my first week there, I tried to beat them every day. I think it's good for me, especially from a work ethic point of view. I think it's great. I never really had that. I always worked hard, but it's about working hard every day, doing the same thing. That's what it's about. And me seeing that with those guys, I couldn't believe that." NBA.com

January 12, 2015 Updates

Publicly, team officials are downplaying the awkwardness of the Waiters trade and what the move might mean for Jackson’s future in OKC. They tout Waiters’ addition as added flexibility and firepower, a fourth offensive force that can create with the ball in his hands. But why pay Jackson, a restricted free agent this summer, upwards of $12 million annually to do something three others on this team can do? It would be illogical, and it’s the leading reason why few think Jackson is long for Oklahoma City. Oklahoman

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