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General manager Sam Presti was more active during the 2014 15 season than he had been in any of the Thunder’s previous six seasons in Oklahoma. On Jan. 5, he acquired guard Dion Waiters from the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Feb. 19 the date established as the NBA’s trade deadline Presti discarded unhappy sixth man Reggie Jackson and center Kendrick Perkins. Brought to OKC from Utah were center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak. From Detroit, the Thunder got point guard and forward Kyle Singler. A review of the newcomers’ performances:
Dion Waiters: In 33 games with the Cavs this season, the former Syracuse star averaged 10.5 points on 40 percent shooting. In 47 games with the Thunder, Waiters made 20 starts and averaged 12.7 points on 39 percent shooting. The inconsistency with which he shoots the basketball was perfectly illustrated in the Thunder’s final two games.Cheap Jerseys free shipping http://www.big49erssanfrancisco.com Against Portland, he was 4 of 21 from the field and scored 13 points. At Minnesota, he was 12 of 23 for 33 points.
Enes Kanter: At 22, Kanter already is a four year NBA veteran. In three plus seasons with the Jazz, he averaged 9.3 points and 5.9 rebounds. In 26 games with the Thunder, his averages were 18.7 points and 11.0 rebounds. In 17 games, he had double figure totals in scoring and rebounding.
: Kevin Durant’s former University of Texas teammate has been with six teams in seven NBA seasons. As the Thunder’s backup point guard, he averaged 7.3 points and 3.1 assists.
Kyle Singler: In 26 games with the Thunder, Singler made 18 starts. He averaged 18 minutes and 3.7 points on 33 percent shooting.
Steve Novak: The Thunder is Novak’s eighth team in nine NBA seasons. He played in 13 games for OKC, and in only one game was he on the floor for more than 9 minutes.
Looking ahead at the 2015 16 Thunder roster
Under contract for the 2015 16 season and is scheduled to be paid $21.2 million. Becomes a free agent at the end of next season. There is speculation that he might want to play in his hometown for the Washington Wizards. However, during a recent Revolt TV interview, Durant hinted that he might spend his entire career in Oklahoma: “I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here.”Under contract for two more seasons. In 2015 16, Westbrook is scheduled to be paid $16.7 million.
Kanter is a restricted free agent who is scheduled to make $7.8 million next season. “I would definitely like to come back here,” he said last week. Becomes a restricted free agent following the 2016 17 season.