Monday Bolts: 9.30.19
It’s media day, and we’re there. Follow us on Twitter for updates.
ICYMI: The Thunder waived Markel Brown per team release and added on a partially guaranteed contract per JD Shaw (Hoops Rumors).
Community predictions for the 2019/20 season are open for your prognosticating. Thanks to ThunderChick for putting this together every year.
Wilson Chandler told Stefan Bondy (New York Daily News) that the Thunder were one of the teams interested in signing him this summer. He agreed with the Nets on July 2, so this would have been in the pre-breakup timeline during which Mike Muscala and Alec Burks were sought out by Oklahoma City.
Maddie Lee (The Oklahoman) makes the case for heavy doses of load management from the Thunder this season: “(Danilo) Gallinari has a history of injury, and he’s starting the season with extra miles on him after playing for Italy in the FIBA World Cup. Even though Presti said (Chris) Paul “is in incredible shape,” the 34-year-old point guard has played in fewer than 60 regular-season games each of the past two years due to nagging injuries. But load management is more than sitting an aging super star on the second night of a back-to-back.”
Oklahoma City released an episode of “Thunder Insider” running down the crazy off-season from the team’s perspective:
Russell Westbrook is very much in the honeymoon stage with Houston media. Think it lasts?
Kendrick Perkins keeping it messy:
Christopher Dodson (Forbes) had Larry Cermak, a cryptocurrency researcher, help explain the nuances of Spener Dinwiddie’s plan to tokenize his contract, which the NBA is trying to block: “The NBA Most fans will be priced out of that market. However, the barrier for entry for athletes looking to tokenize their contract is much lower. Cermak says, he “could see other athletes exploring crypto options soon.” Well past the basic fantasy leagues, “this could become a new asset class for investors to bet on players’ careers.”
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