The Thunder were one game from knocking the eventual champion Lakers out of the playoffs. Their main need a strong, bruising, interior presence and veteran leadership. With West, Harden, Thabo, and Durant on the Wings the Thunder are stacked their and need no help. But Wit Jeff Green who really should be a small forward in the league, not saying he is undersized because he isn't he's tall and strong enough to play PF but his skillset might be better at 3 or off the bench ala Odom. Krstic isn't the rebounder he use to be and was never much of a banger. By acquiring Elton Brand and Willie Green two seasoned vets who have been thru wars in the playoffs and can lead by example everyday in practice, would really stabilize this OKC team. Brand is far from done, he is only 31, and he is strong and long enough to play center and still mobile enough to play power forward. Plus he is a bruiser and a blue collar veteran that fits perfectly wat Sam Presti has been building. Not to mention that even tho he is owed 50 mil over the next 3 years it wont effect their cap the way you think. The Thunder are done rebuilding thru the draft therefore and they have to do now is focus on keeping the players they have and adding veterans around them.
OKC 8 Man Rotation:
This is the man that will make the Thunder rumble louder!
The Thunder's 8 man rotation is without a doubt solidified with this trade...They got two guards who are lock down defenders and are going to wreak havoc full court. Durant has drastically proven to be a better defender during the FIBA Tournaments, and Brand and Aldrich down low give the Thunder the bulk, toughness, rebouding and shot blocking they lacked last year because despite all Ibekas athletic prowess he still gets tossed around by bigger defenders. Not to mention you have Harden coming off the bench still to fill in for either guard spot because of his scoring and playmaking abilities. You have jeff Green coming off the bench to fill in for either forward position, which I feel on a championship team he may be better suited for ala Odom, and you got Ibeka coming off the bench to make plays on defense from either the C or PF position.
Also with Brands size and skill set if Cole is not ready to start then you could easily slide Brand big body over to the center position and position which he use to excel at for the Clippers because before they drafted Kamen people forgot that Brand use to average 20 n 10 as a center in the west. Brand is not undersized as you think he's 6'8.5 in socks, meaning he could easily be listed as 6'10 and he has a 7'4 wingspand and a 9'3 standing reach perfect measurements for a starting center. He's really only half an inch shorter in socks then Aldrich you can go to draftexpress.com and see for yourself in their measurements feature if you dont beleive me.
So with that said can I plz get some educated opinions.
sure they would love a 15 million dollar contract to ruin their salary cap makes perfect sense
Westbrook and Green are both up for extensions and next year Durants new contract kicks in so bottom line is their not going to be under the cap anyway. And this trade enables them to compete on a championship level next year. Brand was coming off an injury last year and still averaged close to 14 points a game in under 30 minutes a night a played 76 games. He's fully healthy now and ready to go, how to you think he'll respond to playing on a contending team? He's gonna average around 14-15 points per game, 8-9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks. thats perfect considering the rest of the team. Brand can still score when he gets the ball on the low block and his passing ability makes him a tremendous asset, not to mention he is still one of the best offensive rebounding big men around perfect for cleaning up Durants rare misses.
And i kno that money controls everything, but could we first atleast give some feedback on how Brand would benefit the Thunder if you think he will, or why you don't think he will, then explain to me how his contract is going to stop them from resigning their young players because it wont. And once they get resigned they're not going to have enough money sign a free agent anyway. Plus in 2 years after Brand helps the team compete for a championship he'll have a huge contract coming off the books which everybodies knows is a HUGE TRADE ASSETT. This trade solidify the now and the future
Name on player that ever played an important role on a winning team after rupturing an achilles.
A team does not trade for a player 3 years ahead of time looking for a contract to come "off the books". Typically it would be in the final year of the contract unless a team is sending back "bad contracts" in return.
Elton Brand was offered around te league prior to the draft along with the #2 pick just to take Brands contract off the 76ers hands and they had no takers.
If for some reason OKC were to take Brand off of Phillys hands without receiving other more valuable considerations in return they would be looked upon as "buffoons".
Antonio Mcdyess is still in the league after people thought his career was done over a decade ago, and he only signs with winning teams.