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Monday Bolts: 6.12.17

Monday Bolts: 6.12.17

It’s Monday. These are the Bolts.

Brett Dawson with a great look at the Thunder’s year-round NBA Draft process: “For this year’s draft, Dawkins said, the Thunder built profiles on about 300 players, some far more detailed then others. Only 60 players will be drafted on June 22, but Oklahoma City’s draft board probably will have twice as many names as that. The data remains on file, updated for players the Thunder might pursue in free agency or via trade, like Oladipo. In the short term, it’s for building the board. From the probable No. 1 pick to prospects unlikely to be drafted, the Thunder will rank dozens of players precisely. Each time a player from the board is drafted, his name comes off. Whoever’s at the top of the list when it comes time for OKC to pick will be the choice.”

Fred Katz on the not-so-simple decision regarding Jerami Grant’s team option: “If the Thunder pick up the team option, Grant would be an unrestricted free agent after next season. Declining it would turn him into a restricted free agent this summer, when the Thunder would be able to match any possible offer sheet he signs to bring him back to Oklahoma City for the same price. He would also be hitting the open market while still an unfinished product. Grant contributed to the Thunder this season because of his defensive versatility and athleticism, but he’s still raw. And teams still wonder about what type of player he could become.”

CBS Sports has OKC taking Luke Kennard in their latest mock — and trading up to do so: “The Thunder spot an opportunity to trade up and get their perfect guy, sending the 21st pick and Jerami Grant to Milwaukee for the chance to take Kennard. I think Kennard is the most underrated player in this draft; he also happens to be the perfect 3-point-shooting, confident player the Thunder need alongside Russell Westbrook. Kennard could develop into a lefty J.J. Redick in time.”

There was a “Russell Westbrook” chant during Game 4 of the NBA Finals:

Kenny Ducey on Draymond Green and the Game 4 technical foul mystery: “With 6:18 remaining in the third quarter of Friday’s game, Green—already playing with one technical foul marked down in the scorebook—was handed a second tech by official Mike Callahan for complaining about a call. That appeared to serve him an automatic ejection; Green lost his mind, fans heckled him, and the public address celebrated his departure from the game with an announcement and music. Officials then went over to the scorer’s table for a few minutes, and it became apparent that the ejection was being called into question. The second technical was clearly called on Green, but the first tech called on Green at 1:55 in the first, the officials claimed, actually meant to go against head coach Steve Kerr.”

The Dubs can’t get the story straight on Draymond calling KD immediately after losing last year’s Finals:

Want to go to Game 5 tonight in Oakland? Be prepared to pay up: “One person bought a pair of floor tickets for $90,000 total ($45,000 each) on the Warriors’ Ticketmaster resale site, a team source told ESPN. Another person bought a pair of tickets for $82,000 ($41,000 each).”

Jason Concepcion looks at the seven events that led to these Warriors being possible: “A lot can happen in five years. On March 19, 2012, a packed Oracle Arena took advantage of the opportunity provided by Chris Mullin’s jersey-retirement ceremony and lashed Joe Lacob with boos. Only a year and a half earlier, Lacob’s ownership group, which included entertainment industry titan Peter Guber, purchased the Golden State Warriors from the hapless Chris Cohan for a then-record $450 million.”

3-on-3 basketball is coming to the 2020 Olympics: “USA Basketball is excited that 3×3 basketball has been added to the 2020 Olympic Games. 3×3 is a great way to develop the sport and expand it to parts of the world that might not otherwise be active in basketball. It is a popular and growing sport; it’s non-stop; fast-paced; high energy; and an exciting version of the game.”

Sebastian Telfair — Probably a little too ready for whatever: