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Report: Thunder aggressively pursuing Dorell Wright

Jul 1, 2013, 4:41 PM EDT

Dorell Wright, Mike Dunleavy, Monta Ellis

Signing James Harden to a long-term extension proved too costly to the Thunder, so they traded him for Kevin Martin. Now Martin is a free agent, and he might be too expensive, too.

So, once again, Oklahoma City is ready to downgrade.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

Oklahoma City has begun an aggressive pursuit of Philadelphia free-agent guard Dorell Wright, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The return of Kevin Martin to the Thunder appears unlikely, unless the market for him dries up completely and he has to return at a far lower rate than he’s trying to find, league sources said.

Wright is a nice fallback option, but he’s not Martin, who’s not Harden. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, the Thunder can contend for a championship right now. This is the time they shouldn’t be cheap, because even the slightest difference could make the difference between an NBA Finals loss and a title – a much, much, much larger difference than, say, a first-round loss or second-round appearance.

Durant and Westbrook could create plenty of outside looks for Wright, who’s a good 3-point shooter, but Martin can better fill that role. Wright is younger than Martin, so his future might be brighter, but like I said, Oklahoma City should be focused on now.

  1. sylpkt - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    They can only offer a full Mid Level Exception (5M) to any free agent anyway. The only one that fits the profile of a D & 3 SG/SF would be Reddick, and it would be up to him to take an undermarket deal for that. KMart is looking for 3/$21m which is too much for his role and defensive liability. They’ll have Reggie Jackson as 6th man (stepping into Martin’s Role) and hopefully get’s some growth out of Jeremy Lamb.

    Either way there isn’t much room for minutes anyway given the structure of the roster.

    Starting lineup of:

    2nd unit of:
    KD or Russ

    Closing unit of:


  2. patfic15 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    OKC will never win a trophy because of the cheap manner in which they are beginning to deal with FAs. Few years and KD will want out.

    • cmehustle - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Not sure that I would say never. They might have won this year except for the injury to Westbrook. Do not sleep on all the young people they have accumulated the last couple of years. It may take them a year or two to either play these guys or turn a couple of them into a star or two. But trust me, they are not done building there. Just gotta see the big picture, sorta like San Antonio.

      • patfic15 - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        Lose Perkins for an athletic big and I’m back on board.

      • cmehustle - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:07 AM

        They just drafted one

  3. DonRSD - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Wright was decent on the Heat.
    Thank God OKC didn’t go to the Finals or else we would e missed this years epic Finals.

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