Oklahoma City Rumors
Ainge said he understood that his rookies would need crash-course mentoring and seasoning before making an impact. While there may be disappointment among Celtics fans that three draft picks played Saturday night in Canton, there weren’t high expectations that the trio would crack the rotation, especially with the team’s depth. “Right now, two guys that wouldn’t be in uniform [Young and Mickey], instead of sitting in a hotel room in Oklahoma City will be playing in a game in Canton, Ohio,” Ainge said. “That’s better for their development.”
The reason is obvious: Washington will be among the teams trying to lure Kevin Durant from the Thunder. Durant grew up in the D.C. metro area and, should he be willing to leave Oklahoma City — still a very open question — the Wizards would be considered a favorite to sign him. They could do so if they order the contracts the way the Spurs did with Aldridge and Leonard, with Durant first signing, then with Beal’s contract coming after.
The Oklahoma City Thunder waived guards Michael Qualls, Julyan Stone and Dez Wells along with forward Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Stone appeared in one preseason game with the Thunder and recorded one rebound while logging four minutes of action. Wells saw action in one preseason game and tallied one point and one steal in five minutes of play. Zanna played in four preseason games for Oklahoma City and averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.9 minutes. Qualls did not make a preseason appearance for the Thunder. Oklahoma City’s roster now stands at 15.
Standing on a fresh gray blacktop, Kevin Durant dedicated his first outdoor court in North America on Monday at North Highland Elementary in Oklahoma City through his foundation’s “Build It And They Will Ball” initiative. “One day I was reminiscing and I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did,” Durant said.
The court includes plenty of branding, with the “KD” and Nike logos all over as they combined to refurbish a court at the school that’s only about a mile from the team’s practice facility. “This community is unbelievable, man,” Durant said. “I can’t say enough about how grateful they are and how supportive they are.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guards Julyan Stone and Dez Wells along with forward Talib Zanna, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Montana native Josh Huestis to a four-year contract. Huestis is a 6-foot-7-inch, 230-pound forward who was chosen by the Thunder with the 29th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He agreed to a “draft and stash” that called for him to play in the NBA Developmental League last season at a salary of about $25,000. He averaged 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 assist and nearly 1.6 blocked shots per game for the Oklahoma City Blue.