It has been a shocking news for Oklahoma City Thunder Fans, after Kevin Durant joined the bandwagon and left them just to join the powerhouse Golden State Warriors. The Warriors now, are much more lethal as a contender than before. The Big 5 for the Warriors consists of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and of course.. Durant.
The fans were not happy with what happened and were disappointed with Durant’s decision.
Here are some of what I found about fans reacting on Durant’s Instagram:
Here is Durant’s essay posted on The Players Tribune. A message on ending his 9-year stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Kevin Durant in his own words. pic.twitter.com/BrwNz0F326
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) July 4, 2016
//platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsAfter all, it is still Durant’s decision. We couldn’t blame him for leaving, but it is unfair to go to a team who has a lot of star players in their prime and lastly, going to a team who just eliminated them last playoffs just to win a championship, is much worse than not winning a ring.
At around 1:45 a.m. Friday (Times Eastern), the Heat reportedly ended their meeting with Whiteside without an agreement in place. He met with the Mavericks after that. (Shams Charania, The Vertical)
But the rumors about him leaving will now stop.
Just a few hours ago, Hassan Whiteside ended the buzz for the teams that are aiming to acquire him.
He finally made a decision after he announced his plans on Snapchat, making a post with the message “#Heatnation it is” over the top.
Hassan Whiteside announces on The Players’ Tribune and Snapchat that he’s staying in Miami. pic.twitter.com/6q1T4Zws3n
— Damon R. Marx (@DamonMarxDMN) July 1, 2016
So for Heat Fans. Chill. He is Staying with the Miami Heat.
The Los Angeles Lakers are going All out in pursuing free agents this offseason. There are a lot of talents in mind that they’re aiming to acquire before the NBA Season starts.
The Primary Objective is to land Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant to the Lakers. Durant has been one of the hottest topics in Free Agency this year. It has been reported that the 27-year-old small forward has already talked to different teams, but the Lakers were not among the list.
But aside from Durant. The Lakers have also been eyeing on some players like Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Nicolas Batum and Harrison Barnes.
It is still unclear if they’ll get one from the list, but we’re hoping and still waiting for the Lakers to make their move.
It has been a great journey for Ibaka’s NBA career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was drafted to Seattle SuperSonics in 2008 with the 24th pick. The team’s name just changed to Oklahoma City Thunder, six days after the draft.
Ibaka was a great fit for the Thunder, because of the threat he imposes to the paint. He was a consistent shot blocker after averaging 1 block in 16 minutes of action in his early years in the league.
He was a Starter in the Thunder’s rotation, had career-highs in OKC with 21 points and 22 rebounds last February 2015.
But all things must come to an end.
The trade was finalized on June 23, 2016.
Ibaka was traded to Orlando Magic, after the Thunder management decided to let him go in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and 11th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft Domantas Sabonis.
|Victor Oladipo against Serge Ibaka|
The Oklahoma City Thunder have decided to let go of their defensive big man Serge Ibaka. The Thunder send Ibaka to the Orlando Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and recently drafted Domantas Sabonis, the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.
The Magic got a serviceable defensive big man in Serge Ibaka who can also knock down three point shots. Ibaka, a three-time NBA all defensive first team, averaged 12.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, his lowest output since his third year in the league. With the resurgence of Steven Adams and Enes Kanter, Ibaka has fallen out of favor in the thunder’s rotation.
Meanwhile, the Thunder got a combo guard who can provide scoring aside from Kevin Durant (assuming that he is coming back as a Thunder next season) and Rusell Westbrook in Victor Oladipo and a proven stretch four in Ersan Ilyasova. Oladipo, the second overall pick of the 2013 NBA draft averaged 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists in his third season in the NBA while Ilyasova will provide spacing and scoring off the bench for the Thunder.
The Thunder also got a diamond in Domantas Sabonis, the 11th overall pick of the 2016 NBA draft. Sabonis is the son of the legendary player Arvydas Sabonis. The 6’11 power forward has averaged double double of 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in his last year in Gonzaga as a sophomore. He has also a good shooting stroke, can knock down threes and perimeter jumpers. He is expected to have a hard time and fight for big man rotation with Ersan Ilyasova, Enes Kanter, Steven Adams and Mitch Mcgary.
|2016 NBA Draft Selections|
The 2016 NBA draft was held on June 23, 2016, at Barclays Centef in Brooklyn with the Philadelphia 76ers picking first.
2016 NBA DRAFT RECAP
1. Ben Simmons – Philadelphia 76ers
2. Brandon Ingram – Los Angeles Lakers
3. Jaylen Brown – Boston Celtics
4. Dragan Bender – Phoenix Suns
5. Kris Dunn – Minnesota Timberwolves
6. Buddy Hield – New Orleans Pelicans
7. Jamal Murray – Denver Nuggets
8. Marquese Chriss – Sacramento Kings (traded to Phoenix)
9. Jakob Poeltl – Toronto Raptors
10. Thon Maker – Milwaukee Bucks
11. Domantas Sabonis – Orlando Magic (traded to Oklahoma City)
12. Taurean Prince – Utah Jazz (traded to Atlanta)
13. Georgios Papagiannis – Phoenix Suns (traded to Sacramento)
14. Denzel Valentine – Chicago Bulls
15. Juan Henangomez – Denver Nuggets
16. Guerschon Yabusele – Boston Celtics
17. Wade Baldwin – Memphis Grizzlies
18. Henry Ellenson – Detroit Pistons
19. Malik Beasley – Denver Nuggets
20. Caris LeVert – Indiana Pacers (traded to Brooklyn)
21. DeAndre Bembry – Atlanta Hawks
22. Malachi Richardson – Charlotte Hornets (traded to Sacramento)
23. Ante Zizic – Boston Celtics
24. Timothe Luwawu – Philadelphia 76ers
25. Brice Johnson – Los Angeles Clippers
26. Furkan Korkmaz – Philadelphia 76ers
27. Pascal Siakam – Toronto Raptors
28. Skal Labissiere – Phoenix Suns (traded to Sacramento)
29. Dejounte Murray – San Antonio Spurs
30. Damian Jones – Golden State Warriors
31. Deyonta Davis – Boston Celtics (traded to Memphis)
32. Ivica Zubac – Los Angeles Lakers
33. Cheick Diallo – Los Angeles Clippers (traded to New Orleans)
34. Tyler Ulis – Phoenix Suns
35. Rade Zagorac – Boston Celtics (traded to Memphis)
36. Malcolm Brogdon – Milwaukee Bucks
37. Chinanu Onaku – Houston Rockets
38. Pat McCaw – Milwaukee Bucks (traded to Golden State)
39. David Michineau – New Orleans Pelicans (traded to L.A. Clippers)
40. Diamond Stone – New Orleans Pelicans (traded to L.A. Clippers)
41. Stephen Zimmerman – Orlando Magic
42. Isaiah Whitehead – Utah Jazz (traded to Brooklyn)
43. Zhou Qi – Houston Rockets
44. Isaia Cordinier – Atlanta Hawks
45. Demetrius Jackson – Boston Celtics
46. AJ Hammonds – Dallas Mavericks
47. Jake Layman – Orlando Magic (traded to Portland)
48. Paul Zipser – Chicago Bulls
49. Michael Gbinije – Detroit Pistons
50. Georges Niang – Indiana Pacers
51. Ben Bentil – Boston Celtics
52. Joel Bolomboy – Utah Jazz
53. Petr Cornelie – Denver Nuggets
54. Kay Felder – Atlanta Hawks (traded to Cleveland)
55. Marcus Paige – Brooklyn Nets (traded to Utah)
56. Daniel Hamilton – Denver Nuggets (traded to Oklahoma City)
57. Wang Zhelin – Memphis Grizzlies
58. Abdel Nader – Boston Celtics
59. Isaiah Cousins – Sacramento Kings
60. Tyrone Wallace – Utah Jazz
DRAFT DAY TRADES
Orlando Magic to Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma acquired Orlando’s first round pick in the draft, Victor Oladipo and Ersan İlyasova
Orlando acquired Serge Ibaka
Utah Jazz to Atlanta Hawks (three-team trade with Indiana Pacers)
Atlanta acquired Utah’s first round pick in the draft
Utah acquired George Hill from Indiana
Indiana acquired Jeff Teague from Atlanta
Indiana Pacers to Brooklyn Nets
Brooklyn acquired Indiana’s first round pick and a future second round selection
Indiana acquired Thaddeus Young
Charlotte Hornets to Sacramento Kings
Sacramento acquired Charlotte’s first round pick
Charlotte acquired Marco Belinelli
Milwaukee Bucks to Golden State Warriors
Golden State acquired Milwaukee’s second round pick
Milwaukee acquired cash considerations