Tom Penn Rumors
“The Kevin Durant drumbeat next year is going to be so loud because he will not commit early to Oklahoma City contractually because the rules are against that. He can’t get the same contract if he signs early as if he just goes to free agency and resigns. So if Sam Presti doesn’t get that commitment, he’ll look to to trade Kevin Durant. And looking at the performance of Westbrook and the team around Westbrook will make it easier for him to do that potentially.”
But what you might not be aware of is that NBA analyst and former NBA executive Tom Penn thinks Westbrook’s hot streak could have Oklahoma City Thunder management thinking about moving Durant next season: “I think this burst from Westbrook makes it much more likely that Durant ultimately gets traded next year. … Sam Presti has proven that he does not ever want to lose anybody for nothing. So he traded James Harden a year early to avoid a potential luxury tax problem a year later.
Tom Penn: I will tell you, that in my years in the front office, no less than five different occasions, my head coach came in upset, reeling and angry and demanding that we waive or get rid of a guy by Monday. I had one Hall of Fame coach come in and say “get rid of three guys by Monday or I quit.” It’s a very normal, emotional thing, because you want that head coach focused on the next three days rather than the next three years, which is the front office’s job.
ESPN analyst and veteran NBA executive Tom Penn has agreed to a multi-year extension with ESPN. Penn regularly contributes front office and basketball operations expertise to SportsCenter, NBA Coast to Coast, NBA Tonight and additional studio programming. He also provides extensive analysis during ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the NBA Draft. “Tom brings a unique perspective that you can’t get anywhere else,” said Tim Corrigan, ESPN senior coordinating producer. “We look forward to finding more opportunities which utilize his talents.”
“The ninth team in the West has a better body of work for the season than every single team in the East,” Tom Penn, the former vice president of basketball operations for the Portland Trailblazers and a current ESPN analyst told USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick. “I mean 49 or 50 wins in the West is so much more impressive than the 55 or 56 that Indiana or Miami is going to stumble to. “And in fact, if the playoff format was such that Indiana or Miami had to face off against the ninth team in the West, they’d have a challenge on their hands big-time with the way they’re playing. Those (West) teams are charging to the finish. Everything is relative. There should be an asterisk on everything based on the uneven schedule.”
Boston has seven first-round draft picks in the next three drafts, not to mention young and promising players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. But transformative opportunities don’t come along all that often, so patience and poise are required from here as general manager Danny Ainge looks to seize the right opportunities yet again. “That’s always the second prong of the plan, is that ‘If we can’t get great young guys to grow up together like Oklahoma City did, then we’ll at least make a strategic trade at the right time,'” ESPN analyst and former Portland Trail Blazers assistant general manager Tom Penn told USA TODAY Sports. “Projecting and foreseeing the likelihood of that happenings is really hard, but the first step of making that a possibility is to get access to a lot of young, promising assets. The best positioned franchise to do that over the next three years is going to be Boston.”
Tom Penn, a former NBA executive and now an ESPN analyst, sees a team with the ability to make moves. “They’ve just made contractual commitments to a number of players and they are sort of capped out for the near future,” Penn said of the Nuggets. “So you either really like what you’ve got and just hold and wait for everybody to get healthy, or you look to get different. And they have a number of pieces they can move in order to get different.” He mentioned 24-year-old forward Kenneth Faried as someone who might draw interest. “I would think there would be a ton of interest in him as young as he is and as impactful as he’s been,” Penn said. “The fact that McGee is hurt really hurts them, I think, because he would be somebody who would be intriguing on the market. (Team president) Josh Kroenke has done a nice job of adding players at good numbers, which always means they are tradeable. It means they are an asset instead of a log on your (salary) cap. So they have the flexibility to get different. The trick is how to get better.”