Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors
Shams Charania: Sources: The Oklahoma City Thunder have claimed guard Jawun Evans off waivers. Evans is on a two-way contract.
He is averaging 28.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists, all career highs, while shooting 44 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from 3-point range. He is at least in the conversation for his first N.B.A. Most Valuable Player Award. “I think the shift I’ve seen,” Coach Billy Donovan said, “is a guy who’s a lot more comfortable.”
George told reporters in September that he was going to be more of a vocal leader this season. Now, with nine games left in the season, it appears he has fulfilled that promise. The decision to take on that role, George said Sunday, came along with his choice to re-sign with the Thunder over the summer. “I know how it is being one voice on a team,” George said. “There are times when it gets overwhelming to continue on throughout the year, so that’s just pressure I’m trying to take off Russ, where he knows I’m in it with him.”
Josh Lewenberg: Paul George said he’s spoken to Kawhi about his experience in a similar situation last year (coming to a new team and facing free agency before ultimately deciding to stay in OKC). What advice did he have? “That’s between us.”