Roster - Oklahoma City Thunder
Roster Down to 15
Rolling Thunder: 8/10/2017
Only a short week after the Thunder announced “There will be trades”, and declared they’d likely be moving 2 of their to-be-signed rookies, we’ve seen GM Nenjabin strike with a bit of a management backflip along the way. The Thunder are typically inactive during the free agency period as a rule other than to bring back their talented hand chosen youngsters and key expiring guys, and so the strategy was clearly to fit the same mould by cutting 2 bodies that require a roster spot and no more unless something really presented. Done deal.
First up, they moved Pick 31 in the 2017 draft, Tyler Lydon, to the Detroit Pistons for the Orlando and Detroit 2018 2nd round picks, giving them 6 2018 2nd round picks in total now. Lydon slid to the Thunder at 31 after being mocked at pick 24, and has a decent shot at making it as a role player in the league as a big man with a sweet stroke, but the Thunder already have a could of such guys ahead of him on the depth chart and the prospect of a very similar role from a 7’2 version in Zhou Qi, so when the Pistons came to the Thunder a few months back, the writing was on the wall unless something else surfaced. There were discussions a little, but nothing fruitful.
The mild surprise was the more sudden departure of euro star multi-positional recruit Tomas Satoransky. Only a week ago he was still considered a needed player and not on the table, after a few teams had enquired multiple times during his OKC tenure. However, the way Luke Kennard was already progressing in training camp changed the way the Thunder were thinking in floating the idea of trading him, and instead decided they’d move Sato and roll the potential dice. They had offers for Kennard of solid 2018 1st round picks, which I guess could still be discussed at some point, but at least for now they’ve shelved that talk instead finding a home for Sato for a 2020 Miami 2nd round pick. Yes, that price seems fairly basement bargain, but it clears the salary, roster spot and gets a future asset.
The Thunder wish Satoransky and Lydon all the best in their future with their respective new teams and the roster now stands at 15 spots fully committed with the expected return of Dennis Schroder, Nikola Mirotic and JaVale McGee to round out a bench unit with Josh Richardson and John Henson, that looks fairly formidable in itself!
2 weeks until FA Day 1.
- OKC News
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