Oklahoma City Rumors
Dez Wells, after resisting going overseas when he went undrafted out of Maryland in 2015, will play in Germany, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday. Wells will play for Tigers Tubingen in the Bundesliga. He played for the Chicago Bulls at Las Vegas summer league this year where he averaged just 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds and 18 minutes in seven starts. He was injured (thumb) after agreeing to play with the Wizards at summer league last year and again after training camp with the Oklahoma City Thunder (hamstring) and never found his footing.
He stole the ball from Kevin Durant on one end, then weaved his way in and out of all those blue jerseys on the other. Down the right side of the lane – past Russell Westbrook, past Steven Adams – the ball over them all as his finger-roll fell in for a 10-point lead with 1:02 to go. “We ain’t going home,” he yelled into the Oracle Arena crowd. No, they’re not. Down 3-2 and still facing the toughest of tasks, they’re headed to Oklahoma City for Game 6 on Saturday.
“When you walk in the building every day and see things running the right way,” Durant said, “you go out there and practice the right way and play the right way.” Even now, though, the Thunder have already played an outsize role in changing this city. “It’s been amazing to see the growth,” Durant said. “It feels like we’re all growing together.”
No one outside the Thunder, not even the ancient Tim Duncan, can say they have been with their team from the beginning. This team is still in its infancy. Thunder general manager Sam Presti, who keeps stacks of Architectural Digest behind his desk and Frank Llloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe biographies in his office, said its legacy is being built every day. Even now, though, the Thunder have already played an outsize role in changing this city. “It’s been amazing to see the growth,” Durant said. “It feels like we’re all growing together.”
When Kevin Durant took the stage at his restaurant, KD’s Southern Cuisine, in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, he told a story about growing up playing basketball on blacktop courts. With his mother, his Thunder teammates and members of the Oklahoma City community looking on, it was an occasion to celebrate the chance to give back the gift he received as a child. Durant talked about the signature mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, the “Build It and They Will Ball” initiative, which builds and renovates basketball courts in underserved communities across the U.S. The Players’ Tribune was behind the scenes with KD, and his family and friends, for the night’s festivities.
Colangelo is not sure if assistant coach Monty Williams will travel to Rio following the death of his wife, Ingrid, last month when an oncoming SUV crossed the center line and struck her car head on. He has not returned to coaching in Oklahoma City, where he’s an assistant. “I’ve chosen not to even talk to him about what his plans are. I don’t need to know anything right now,” said Colangelo, who showed his support by attending Ingrid Williams’ funeral. “I know what I would do if he decides not to go forward. … I don’t know what the answer is yet, but we’ll be fine either way, whatever he wants to do.”
The list of teams interested in Parsons will be long, with sources expecting the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Denver Nuggets and Magic to be among Parsons’ suitors. If Durant leaves Oklahoma City, add the Thunder to the list, with a potential reunion with Parsons’ coach at Florida, Billy Donovan.