Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Rumors

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Position: G
Born: 07/12/98
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:180 lbs. / 81.6 kg.
Salary: $3,952,920
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: Chris has been been amazing. I can honestly say he’s like a brother to me. It almost feels like we do everything together. We go eat together. We watch games together. Work out together. Yeah, he’s been he’s been amazing. Like I said, he taught so much from eating correctly to recovery to reads in the game. And the biggest thing about Chris is I think down to earth and genuine he is. Obviously with him and his accolades, he could easily act like, you know, I mean, he’s the best thing in the world to walk around like he’s better than everybody. But he honestly makes you feel like he’s just like, like your homie from back home.

Storyline: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Sneaker Deal

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander signs with Converse

The shoes hung over Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s shoulders by their laces, blurred out before the big reveal. The Thunder’s future star stood with a serious expression on his face. This was an announcement of a new venture for Gilgeous-Alexander, one the 21-year-old has been able to get comfortable with during the NBA’s long layoff. Gilgeous-Alexander was unveiled as the next Converse Hoops athlete Wednesday morning. He adds his name to Golden State’s Draymond Green, Washington Mystics guard Natasha Cloud and Phoenix Suns forward Kelly Oubre Jr. as athletes representing the iconic shoe brand.
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Gilgeous-Alexander has been a Nike-sponsored athlete since coming into the league in 2018, and Converse has been a subsidiary of Nike since 2003. Following a move by Gilgeous-Alexander’s Nike rep — Adrian Stelly — to Converse, his agent, Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group, negotiated a deal to bring Gilgeous-Alexander to Converse as well. “Once he (Stelly) sat down and kind of showed me the things, things that could be possible, that could be in my near future, it’s something I took very seriously and something I’m proud to say I’m a part of,” Gilgeous-Alexander told The Athletic on Monday.
Take this exercise. The Athletic spoke with numerous NBA scouts about the strengths and weaknesses of Gilgeous-Alexander, the Thunder’s 21-year-old point guard who was the centerpiece of the Paul George trade. More than 30 minutes into one conversation, a Western Conference scout mentioned that Gilgeous-Alexander was in an ideal situation as the second or third option on the Thunder. The scout was shocked when informed that Gilgeous-Alexander was the Thunder’s leading scorer. “He’s the leading scorer for a playoff team and you look at him as a third option scoring-wise?” the scout asked rhetorically.
Despite those silky moves, Gilgeous-Alexander can still improve at scoring at the rim. He shot just 41-of-100 (41 percent) on drives to the basket off a pick, per Synergy, with the Thunder scoring only 101 points on 114 possessions (0.886 per possession), a mark that was “below average.” The scouts polled think Gilgeous-Alexander will get stronger with age, which will help not just his finishing at the rim, but his ability to successfully win one-on-one battles against bigger perimeter defenders.
Eastern Conference scout: He’s on the right path. I think he’s been fortunate to be drafted by a great to very good organization in the league – the Clippers, and Doc (Rivers), the owner. Their organization seems to be able to foster young talent with their vets, an experienced coach … and their ownership and their front office seem to be in line. He got very good tutelage early, then he was fortunate enough to be traded to OKC and then have CP3 there. The soil is great and there’s a great route for him to grow the right way and establish a foundation.
Darius Bazley enlisted the help of Thunder teammates Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in a dance video on TikTok. Bazley and Gilgeous-Alexander started off by dancing with Paul making a brief cameo at the end.

Do you still plan to participate with Team Canada in the Olympics? Dillon Brooks: Yeah, absolutely. We are going to make a run. Hopefully, we can beat that virus so we can get over there and play. But I want to make history. I know we have a lot of guys in the league right now like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jamal Murray and Tristan Thompson and Kelly Olynyk. We all want to make history.
Storyline: Olympics
The next few weeks, though, were not spectacular. He was struggling to find his place in a hybrid three-point-guard lineup and playing less aggressively. He scored 12 points on Nov. 25 against the Warriors, then 11 on Nov. 27 against the Trail Blazers leading into the game against the Pelicans. “So I don’t mean to say I want to see him struggle. I obviously want to see him play great every game — it helps our team,” Donovan continued. “But I do think for his evolution as a player to be able to go through nights like that and keep himself engaged in the game, how to learn from those situations and come back the next day and get better from it, is really healthy for his development and growth.”
The Thunder have a war chest of draft capital, but where they plan to make their franchise-defining selections is with their own picks. That could be in two years. It could be in four. What’s currently unknown, though, is where Gilgeous-Alexander fits into the plan. Is he possibly one of the All-NBA-caliber talents? Is he too good to tank with, but not good enough to build around? Would the Thunder eventually have to trade him to complete a bottoming out? Is he a centerpiece? These are the things that Thunder are trying to assess, all while Gilgeous-Alexander produces a sensational second season.
The Thunder was hopeful that Roberson would return to the court during preseason this year, but after graduating to five-on-five drills, Roberson hit a wall in his rehab. Eventually, he tried a change in scenery. Before returning to OKC, Roberson worked out with Olin Simplis, the same personal trainer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander goes to in the offseason. “O has helped a lot with me in terms of knee pains in the summer and stuff like that,” Gilgeous-Alexander said. “And I know Dre is dealing with some knee pains, so O should be good for him.”
Storyline: Andre Roberson Injury
And you’re a mentor to Shai? Chris Paul: I’ll be real hard on him, though. Last night [the last game before the All-Star break], he got a foul … Jrue Holiday. So Shai watches the games with me. Even after our home games, he’ll come over to the condo and watch games. Shai got a foul on Jrue Holiday in our game last night. And it’s funny, because I didn’t even look at him, but he wouldn’t look at me. So when we got in at halftime, I said, “You good?” And he was like, “I wasn’t even gonna look at you.” Because I have a problem with pump fakes. I don’t go for pump fakes. You know why? I played against Sam Cassell in my first or second year in the league. And I got three fouls on him in one game, because Sam Cassell would come down, [mimics a pump fake] and lean into me. And then I had an epiphany. I am not a shot-blocker. And I tried to explain this to Shai and he doesn’t understand it. If you don’t jump and you just stand there and contest it, and he makes it? Good shot. But if I jump, now you’re either going to go by me or lean into me. So I don’t go for pump fakes.
The pair kept in constant communication, even meeting again at Drake’s house after Leonard returned from a meeting in Toronto, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. The Clippers weighed whether giving up promising rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari and a historic haul of five future first-round picks was too much. At several moments, the deal nearly collapsed under its own weight. “We were optimistic,” George says. “But we were still unsure.” Eventually, the Clippers decided to pay the steep price. They weren’t just getting George. They were ensuring that Leonard would pick them too. George got word that the deal was complete from his agent. Then he called his parents. “I can’t explain what that feels like,” George says. “As a kid, you see yourself and you envision this. I pictured my parents being able to watch me at Staples. I pictured playing in L.A. I pictured being an All-Star, a superstar.
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Gilgeous-Alexander finished the game with 20 points, 20 rebounds and 10 assists, becoming the fifth player in Thunder history to record a triple-double. Gilgeous-Alexander’s rebound total was notable on its own. It was a career high, and he set a NBA high mark for the most rebounds by a guard in a single game this season. ESPN Stats & Info later tweeted that Gilgeous-Alexander made even more history, according to the Elias Sports bureau. He joined former Thunder player Russell Westbrook as the only guards with a 20-point, 20-rebound triple-double over the last 30 seasons. He is also the youngest player in NBA history with a 20-rebound triple-double, passing Shaquille O’Neal.