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Beal says Thunder have interest in him… that’s not happening

Jun 27, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

Florida Gators guard Bradley Beal celebrates his team's win over the Marquette Golden Eagles during the NCAA men's West Regional basketball tournament in Phoenix Reuters

Bradley Beal, the young Florida two guard that plays line an Eric Gordon-type, is going to go No. 2 or No. 3 on Thursday night. The Wizards love him at No. 3 and other teams that covet him — hello Cleveland! — will have make a deal with the Bobcats to get into the No. 2 slot if they want him.

You know who else covets Beal? The Oklahoma City Thunder.

That’s what Beal said on Wednesday, via Andy Katz of ESPN.

Beal told Wednesday that Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti told him during an interview in Chicago that he was interested in trying to move up to draft him. The Thunder’s first-round pick isn’t until No. 28.

“He told me he was going to decide what they’re going to do and considered getting up there,” Beal said.

I’m sure the Thunder could move into the No. 2 spot if Presti was willing to give up James Harden. So no, that’s not happening. Not even close.

But it shows you just how highly teams think of Beal right now.

  1. captainwisdom8888 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    I hear the Heat and the Spurs like him too…pfff

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    Beal probably plans to buy the Brooklyn Bridge with his first check.

  3. jengibre23 - Jun 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    Beal is a really good player with the ability to get to the rim and also could hit the contested jumper from the 3-point line. He’s gonna be really fun to watch.

  4. jagsfan11 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    Watched him play at UF. He can get to the rim and shoot the 3 and rebound

  5. blueintown - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    If a dude is a middle of the road three-point shooter in college – as Beal was – what is it that makes everyone think he’s going to be able to do it from farther away in the pros? Also, Beal is ATROCIOUS in the pick-and-roll, so how is he going to adjust to this NBA bread and butter?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:42 AM

      He was a freshman in college. He has plenty of time to develop. You act like he is a finished product. Jeez dude come on……

      • blueintown - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:02 AM

        I know he’s not a finished product. My question was what is it that scouts see that make them think he can be molded into a Ray Allen-type player? The fact that Ray Allen was such a “natural” shooter was abundantly clear when he was at UConn. It’s not like he stumbled into the league as a low-.300 pt. shooter and suddenly got better. Additionally, if he struggles to run the pick and roll in college (turning the ball over 20%+ percent of the time when the ball is in his hands), how is he going to adapt to an NBA big running out on him? What is it that scouts see that make them think Beal can make this adjustment, and presumably do so at a high level?

      • bigmeechy74 - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM

        He is good at attacking the basket off of pump fakes and is a good catch and shoot guy. I think he has trouble shooting off the dribble. But i think he has all the tools to be successful. Maybe not to the Ray Allen level but pretty damn good.

    • hollywood26 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      In college Ray Allen was a 40% shooter his freshman year. Not exactly lights out. They project Beal the same because of his mechanics. He has very good form and a consistent release. If you watched him in college you’ll see a lot of his early struggles were more deciding when to shoot versus how to shoot. He would pass some open looks up and then ending up taking a harder three. Plus even though I agree he’s not the greatest yet in terms of Pick and Roll he does have a “decent” handle and that’s what he’s been working on to impress scouts. And the one thing he does better than most other guards in this draft is rebound the ball. Plus he’s a good defender. The problem I see with him is his height but if he’s paired with a tall point guard (hey there John Wall) he’ll be good to go.

  6. detroitrollin22 - Jun 27, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Well, considering that the Thunder may be in cap trouble within the next two seasons, I can see them trading Harden for the #2 overall pick.

    Why it would make sense:

    Durant & Westbrook have huge contracts
    Ibaka & Harden will be looking for new contracts and most likely one will be leaving

    Trade Harden, who’s easier to replace than Ibaka and played horrible in the Finals, for a younger and less expensive clone of him.

    Personally, I dont think it will happen, but financially in the long run, it makes sense.

  7. shzastl - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Why keep harden? He’s shown he isn’t going to show up in the finals?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:44 AM

      Are you trolling or just plain idiotic? Harden is 22 years old. He had a bad series. Are you seriously that dumb? To think they would give up on a 22 year old that was one of the most efficient players in the league? What is it like to have no intelligent thoughts running through your head at any time during the day?

      • shzastl - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Sarcasm — like after Game 5 in Boston, every media pundit was ready to fire Spoelstra and break up the Heat because it was obvious the experiment had failed. Overreact much dude?

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:38 PM

        My bad. But i’ve read several comments on youtube etc of people wanting to get rid of Harden and i was just getting fed up with it.

    • franchiseplaya - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      here’s a thought, maybe they might trade harden, not for YOUR idiotic reasoning, but due to salary cap issues. they trade harden, and get beal on a rookie deal then can sign Ibaka. not sure OKC can give both harden and ibaka the big contracts they have coming to them so trading harden and giving themselves some flexibilty when beals rookie deal is up in a few yrs might be an option. i’m not saying its probable, but possible. its a more coherent thought than blurting out non sensical verbal diarrhea like this.

      • ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Organizations like OKC have a way of getting guys to buy into team play, systems, and making them realize their own value. So long as Harden has decent players around him he’s not going to chase money. Durant is there for the future, and so is Westbrook. I don’t foresee Ibaka getting up and chasing dollars elsewhere either when he’s playing along side one of the best overall players in the league.

        The Spurs were able to keep Duncan, Manu, and Tony while also keeping strong pieces around them as well, and OKC may be a similar organization and find a way to do the same thing.

        I would count on seeing Ibaka, Harden, Westbrook and Durant together for the foreseeable future.

      • franchiseplaya - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        sure i feel you ccs, thats why i said possible not probable, but don’t forget that the spurs kept timmy, parker and manu under a different slightly less restictive CBA/luxery tax and thats only 3 big contracts as opposed to the 4 you mentioned. the spurs picked up guys like bowen, jefferson and jackson somewhat on the cheap. It would be nice to see young players grow together toward something like OKC but i’m far too jaded by athletes now to give them the benefit of the doubt that they won’t chase $$$

      • shzastl - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:45 AM

        Yes, you are a very logical, rational person. I commend you and think NBA GMs would do well to seek out your advice on potential personnel moves.

    • ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Why keep Harden? Because he’s in his early 20’s, he can score, he can play d, he can draw defense, he won the 6th man of the year award, and helped facilitate the Thunder on many different occasions. Every superstar duo likes to have a third stud in the mix to make it work, just ask Kobe and Shaq when they had a variety of solid players around them, or Tim Duncan when he had Bruce Bowen, Tony Parker, Manu, David Robinson, Steven Jackson, etc…or Michael when he had Scottie, Dennis, Toni, Ron, Steve, etc…LeBron D-Wade, Bosh, why would you ever want to get rid of Harden because one not so pretty trip to the finals?

      LeBron’s first trip to the finals wasn’t pretty either, but that didn’t stop teams from wanting him on their squad.

      EVERY GM in the league should want Harden or guys like Harden on their squad.

  8. cambodianbreastmilk - Jun 28, 2012 at 5:44 AM

    Give up Harden? Hahahaha! You might be one of the dumbest guys to post ever. It was his first Finals appearance. It took a couple appearances before Lebron finally showed up but based on your judgment, Cleveland should’ve got rid of him after the Spurs series & the Heat should’ve dumped him after the Mavs rolled him last year. Moron.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:10 AM

      Harden isn’t a superstar… not saying I don’t agree with you that the Thunder should not drop Harden(even though I’m not a Thunder fan and that would make their team’s bench way weak). But your point is moot just due to the fact that Harden is not a superstar and LBJ is.

    • wjmoffatt - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

      It wasn’t only the finals he didn’t show up, even the games he scored points he gave up the same or more points than what he produced! IDC if he gives them points off the bench, he also doesn’t move the ball (at least didn’t as the post season moved along) to the other players, plus Eric Maynor comes back this next year so the bench will be stronger already.

  9. jshawaii22 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:25 AM

    Actually, the issue is Harden’s upcoming contract. Not as far fetched as they also need space to resign Ibaka. Welcome to the new NBA.

  10. jagsfan11 - Jun 28, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    And all the idiots who are saying Kurt is an idiot, he said they would HAVE to give up James Harden. He never said anything about him having a bad series. He just said thats the price they would have to pay to get up to #2

  11. wjmoffatt - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Why is this so impractical? James Harden proved all post season his an enormous liability on D. Also, the fact remains he can become a FA next off season, or even this one if he chooses. Yes his game can compare to Paul Pierce’s but guess what Pierce can get away with his lack of speed because his a 3, Harden is a 2 and must guard fact, quick players and that’s a big problem!

  12. loungefly74 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    wow…i wonder how Harden will take the news of this rumor…

  13. wisbadgers13 - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Jefferson and jackson both have had big contracts while on the spurs… Especially jefferson, he was getting paid over $10 mil/year.

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