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That's what they have in Thabo but he got benched because he couldn't score. He gave them nothing offensively. Even wide open shots he was missing.

Jackson and Westbrook started which made them a very small backcourt.

I think with added playing time and more mins Shump can score but with Westbrook and Durant I don't see him avg 17 ppg . they need a back to basket presence to be honest

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no clue what your talking about . Iman is younger , higher upside than thabo

Iman is not going to score 17 ppg with Westbrook and Durant

The Thunder don't need that since they were 6th in league in scoring.

thunder need a back to basket player

A defensive specialist that can guard the pgs of West at All times. Westbrook gets work out during stretches. If Iman could play and defense and be a specialist while knock down 3s

When open looks that is what OKC needs

a fresher Westbrook = more efficient Westbrook which could even boost OKC scoring even more

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You said they need Iman for defense. Thats just false. They had defense. They need some semblance of scoring. If they didn't, they would keep Thabo.

What you said was wrong and now you're saying they need his youth, upside, and offensive skills. Aka you're trying to dig out of the hole you made earlier.

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thabo didn't play def all the time on elite offensive weapons . only at times

Iman can be exactly that a defender that's main job is to guard opposing teams best player

that's exactly what Thunder need

Keep Westbrook fresh

thunder 6th pts per game

Thabo has always been their best wing defender. He would guard Tony Parker so Westbrook wouldn't have to because of his length. Defense is his forte. You are confused.
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he only played like 15 min per game this post season

thabo was not guarding CP3 or Parker this post season

He struggled OFFENSIVELY that is why he saw limited minutes then lost his starting job in the post season. Pull up any article on Thabo - the one constant "defensive specialist"

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Prove that I'm wrong lol

how does the 6th highest scoring team need more scoring

how does that make sense lol

And you just proved you know absolutely nothing about basketball.

You cant consistently keep a black hole at the 2 spot. It doesnt work. Teams will just leave him wide open and then you're playing 4 on 5. How does that work?

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He struggled OFFENSIVELY that is why he saw limited minutes then lost his starting job in the post season. Pull up any article on Thabo - the one constant "defensive specialist"

Reggie Jackson picked up the scoring . yeah no doubt Thabo was solid defensive player but he is getting old and Thunder need a younger perimeter defender

they really don't need more scoring

they need a more efficient Westbrook

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Who else is waiting for the day swift tells us he was once a very good basketball player and could have played it in college?

He already was a star football and baseball player. We're one away from the hat trick!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Tim Duncan exercises $10.3M option

By Brian Windhorst

ESPN.com

http://espn.go.com/espn/print?id=11124946&type=story

Tim Duncan has decided to continue his career for an 18th season with the San Antonio Spurs and has exercised his $10.3 million player option for next season, the team announced Monday.

Mr. Consistent

Tim Duncan doesn't log as many minutes anymore, but he's still as productive as ever. Here is a look at his numbers per 36 minutes:

Category

2013-14

Career Avg

Points 18.7 20.6

FG % 49.0 50.6

Rebounds 12.0 11.5

Blocks 2.3 2.3

-- ESPN Stats & Information

After winning his fifth NBA title this month, Duncan said he was undecided on his future. He had until Tuesday to pick up his option or opt to become a free agent on July 1. There was some discussion about working out a new contract for Duncan, but he elected to stay in his deal.

Duncan, 38, had a strong season, averaging 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds in 74 regular-season games and then putting up 16.3 points and 9.2 rebounds over 23 playoff games.

The Spurs are now assured to have their three-player core of Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker back for their title defense. All three are entering the final season of their contracts.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mavs plan to pursue Pau Gasol

By Tim MacMahon and Marc Stein

ESPNDallas.com

http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/11120660/dallas-mavericks-plan-pursue-pau-gasol-once-free-agency-begins

The Dallas Mavericks plan to be among the teams pursuing Los Angeles Lakers center/power forward Pau Gasol once free agency begins July 1, according to sources close to the situation.

The Mavs' level of interest in the 7-foot Gasol is largely dependent on his price tag, sources told ESPNDallas.com. The four-time All-Star, who turns 34 next month, is expected to take a major pay cut after making $19.3 million last season.

Gasol could well represent the Mavs' best opportunity to upgrade at the center position via free agency. They also have significant interest in Washington's Marcin Gortat, whom they recruited as a restricted free agent in 2009, signing him to an offer sheet that was surprisingly matched by the Orlando Magic.

Sources, however, say the Mavericks fear they'll be priced out of the hunt to pry Gortat from the Wizards, who have ample space under the salary cap and are interested in keeping the 29-year-old Gortat as part of a young core of the team that broke the franchise's five-year postseason drought and advanced to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

As ESPN.com reported last month, Dallas would be at the front of the line if the New York Knicks make ex-Mavs center Tyson Chandler available on the trade market. But it remains to be seen what maneuver -- trading for Chandler or beating the open-market competition for Gasol -- would be easier to execute. Gasol is expected to have several suitors, including the Lakers.

The Mavs are projected to have slightly more than $30 million in salary-cap space when free agency opens, although a chunk of that will go to face of the franchise Dirk Nowitzki, who has repeatedly declared his intention to re-sign with the Mavs for a significantly reduced salary after completing a four-year, $80 million contract.

The Mavs would not have enough cap space to pursue Gasol if they are successful in recruiting perennial All-Star small forward Carmelo Anthony. The Mavs have long expected to have an opportunity to make a face-to-face pitch with Anthony, sources told ESPN.com, but Nowitzki said this week that it's "not really" realistic to anticipate the Mavs landing him. The Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls are also among the teams expected to strongly pursue Anthony.

Sources say the Mavs also have interest in free-agent small forward Luol Deng, although there are concerns about his durability after the two-time All-Star missed 75 games over the previous four seasons and led the league in minutes per game twice in the last four seasons.

A pairing of 36-year-old All-Star power forward Nowitzki and Gasol would give the Mavs the two premier European 7-footers in NBA history and boost an offense that already ranked among the league's best last season. Gasol, who averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 60 games for the Lakers last season, would be by far the most versatile and productive offensive post player to be paired with Nowitzki.

However, there would be major defensive issues with the Nowitzki-Gasol duo, a concern for a franchise that had the lowest-ranked defense among playoff teams last season. However, the Mavs would still have 2013-14 starting big man Samuel Dalembert, giving coach Rick Carlisle a better defensive option at center. With managing Nowitzki's minutes a priority, Gasol likely would play as many minutes at power forward as center if he signed with the Mavs.

The Mavs will also explore possibilities of upgrading at center through the trade market, but there is a distinct possibility that Dalembert could return as the starter, fronting a big man committee that would also feature lanky, high-leaping Brandan Wright. In that case, the Mavs would look to land a low-priced banger in free agency, potentially re-signing DeJuan Blair.

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