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Monday Bolts – 9.12.16

Monday Bolts – 9.12.16

KD on his relationship with Russ: “We’re still cool. We’re going to compete against each other at


the highest level. We’re gonna have fun against each other. We’re still cool.”

Via Reuters: “The judge overseeing Aubrey McClendon’s estate approved a land deal on Friday that will pay off one of the late energy magnate’s major creditors, paving the way for the sale of his stake in professional basketball team the Oklahoma City Thunder. In probate court in Oklahoma City, Judge Richard Kirby approved Jones Energy Inc’s plan to purchase 18,000 acres of oil and gas leasehold interests for $136.5 million from the estate. The proceeds from the sale will repay private equity firm Oaktree Capital Group LLC, to whom McClendon owes $85 million, court records show. Once the sale closes, Oaktree will release its claim on the cash distributions McClendon was entitled to receive from his approximately 20 percent stake in the Thunder.”

Red River Rivalry, KD and Russ edition.

Barcelona’s VP on Abrines: “Clearly, we were very happy with him in the team (Barcelona), and let me say we were upset with him leaving, but we understand,” Arroyo said. “With Alex, what is clear is that he is looking to have the most successful career possible.”

Russ working out with Porzingas and Kanter.

Game recognize game.

Fred Katz: “If the Thunder cause enough live-ball turnovers and prioritize taking off for the hoop from there, an offense with spacing issues can devise easier ways to score in the halfcourt against antsy defenses that have to place a big man on a wing or a guard on a big or create some other mismatch just to make sure it can pick up players in transition. The Thunder can’t create enough of those opportunities without playing an intelligently swarming style, though. And they can’t feel comfortable establishing that method if Adams and Roberson don’t continue their 2016 playoff forms into this year. But it’s a risk worth taking, considering it’s the best way for Donovan to maximize the talent on his roster.”