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Blake Griffin to Oklahoma City? It could put the Thunder back into contention

Various trade rumors concerning the Oklahoma City Thunder are being talked about in the NBA sports world. With the departure of Kevin Durant, the pecking order for the Thunder has fallen from one of the top four teams in the Association to a less potent playoff contender. In other words, don’t put OKC in the short list of teams expecting to make a run for an NBA championship for a while.  At best, in the ever changing Western Conference, Golden State has the inside tract to take their second title in three years in 2016-17. Along with a strong San Antonio Spurs club, add in the (ever present and star filled) Los Angeles Clippers, the improving (and surprising Portland Trail Blazers), and continual better than average Dallas Mavs, Houston Rockets, and Memphis Grizzlies., the Thunder will have to work hard to gain the foothold they have enjoyed the past seven seasons.  For Thunder fans, a bitter pill to swallow.

 

Blake Griffin to Oklahoma City this summer could be the one trade that puts the Thunder back on the road of viability, more than just a good also ran team.  Griffin, a star in this league, a proven top fifteen player, and the one player good enough to make a real difference now in OKC, would come at a cost that General Manager Sam Presti could live with, short time and for the future.  The giving side of the trade the Thunder would have to put on the table would benefit both the Clippers and the team on Reno Street.

 

The most interesting trade between the two would give OKC  Blake Griffin for Enes Kanter, Domantos Sabonis, and one other player, such as a freshly signed Dion Waiters or another Thunder player not named Steve Adams, Russell Westbrook or Victor Oladipo.   If Presti can get a starting line-up of Westbrook, Adams, Griffin, Oladipo and Andre Roberson, that would put the Thunder as good a starting five this side of the Sierra Nevada’s.  And with a bench of young but good talent that will improve,  OKC is now back in business.

 

Two things need to come together.  Presti has to prove to Westbrook that he will surround the new face of the franchise will players will make the Thunder win now, not in three or four years.  If Presti cannot do that, give Westbrook a fighting chance to win now, look for number 0 to take his game to Cleveland next year.  Cleveland, unlike other destinations that have been rumored as possible venue for Westbrook, such as the New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Clippers or the Los Angeles Lakers on the left coast, do not benefit Westbrook in wining a title soon, or in 2017-18.  Only Cleveland, Golden State or San Antonio at the least, would offer that to the OKC star.  And could you see Westbrook being reigned in by Coach Popovich?  And for Golden State, no for many reasons that do not need to be explained.

 

This is Presti’s time to shine. OKC is not far off. The loss of Kevin Durant can be overcome.  The Thunder suffered so much last year with death, coaching loss, and now we find, loyalty.  Issues with the former face of the franchise cannot be overstated. Internal strife, as small as some phone calls to the wrong person can devastate a team.  A cancer can rear its ugly head anywhere, even on the face.  This cancer has taken it’s departure without surgery, and with an opportunity to be well again, what will  the Thunder do with a positive mental outlook for the now and present.  With Griffin, a title run would not be out of the question.

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

10 Responses to “Blake Griffin to Oklahoma City? It could put the Thunder back into contention”

  1. Edna Pitts
    July 10, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Wow! Something to think about.

    • Thundrboywondr
      July 11, 2016 at 2:08 am

      LET’S DO THIS MAN!!!!

  2. Hank
    July 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I wished we could get Kevin Love. Both he and Westbrook played together @ UCLA

  3. Dona
    July 11, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Kevin no loyalty there! All about $$$$. And write offs-
    My opinion- can we be thankful for our team and
    Support them all and see where they take us!

  4. Justin
    July 11, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Don’t like the Blake trade..Blake has 2 many off court drama and can’t get rid of Kanter because he gives Adams valuable rest time..4 get Blake I say go after Rudy gay it would cost next 2 nothing 2 get him..

    • July 11, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      I think Kanter will start with Adams so he won’t be giving Adams that rest time as much as last year. Off court drama? One. And Rudy Gay will cost more than you think.

  5. Lori C
    July 12, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I’m not 100% for bringing Blake in, as much as it pains me as an OU fan to say it, his off the court issues don’t align him with the Thunder and the culture it’s built

  6. July 13, 2016 at 12:42 am

    Give them Singlar – he never should have been signed (waste of money)! Don’t know if Russell & Blake can play together! Seems like they both have pretty short tempers!

  7. July 14, 2016 at 1:32 am

    I think Westbrook n Griffin would work out because Blake can post up and shoot jumpers,which would compliments Westbrook and keep him from being doubled,so that’s a win win for OKC

  8. August 3, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    It sounds like the Oklahoma City Thunder may be keeping Russell Westbrook, and one of their top targets to pair with him next summer is Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin.

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