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Reports: Hawks, Thabo Sefolosha reach three-year, $12 million deal

Jul 3, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT

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Thabo Sefolosha fell apart with the Thunder last season. For five years he had been a starter with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the guy doing some of the defensive dirty work so Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook could do their thing.

Then the “3-and-D” guy lost his shot — just 31.6 percent from three last season. He averaged 7.6 points a game and by the playoffs had lost his starting spot to Caron Butler.

Is Sefolosha fading and fading fast, or is he primed for one of those Spurs-like rejuvenation projects? Put him in the right system, use him in ways he’s comfortable and suddenly he’s back to his vintage self?

Mike Budenholzer and the Atlanta Hawks are betting on the latter (and betting a little bigger than maybe they had to) — the Hawks and Sefolosha reached terms on a deal. Shams Charania of Real GM broke the story:

Then it was confirmed, by a media member and Kevin Durant.

I like the idea of gamble. First, the Hawks had just DeMarre Carroll at the three. Second, this is the kind of gamble you take to build a Spurs-like empire in Atlanta.

But at $4 million a year? I would have thought the Hawks could have gotten him for three years, $9 million or less. Just because you have cap space doesn’t mean you need to spend it.

If Sefolosha bounces back, that’s a pretty fair contract the Hawks got him on.

But that’s a big if.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Good. Now we don’t have to see him starting and eating minutes for OKC anymore.

    • vi3tguy415 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      ShaqinAfool’s MVP winner Perk, Mr. 000maltfliquor is looking at you too!

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Unleash Jeremy Lamb!

  3. saint1997 - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Shame they didn’t offer Deng a big contract, I think Luol would have fit really well there

  4. jadaruler - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    Good deal imo. I think Thabo will bounce back.

  5. mcjon22 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Yup, that’s an Atlanta Hawk move

  6. rodyaugu - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Now Durant will actually have to guard somebody with his best perimeter defender gone.

  7. 88heatnation - Jul 3, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    This is the year of overpaid role players lets jump on the train

  8. kamauthabiti - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    why is it that you reporters who make tons of money are always complaining about what someone else makes–like you earn your keep, BS.

    • seansull83 - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:23 PM

      The reporters got you to click the article, Thabo couldn’t buy a bucket. Reports did their job, Thabo didn’t, but I am looking at it in simplest terms.

  9. spursareold - Jul 4, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    $4M is about market for a 3 and D guy with experience. Danny Green makes about that, and he doesn’t have Thabo’s 1 All Defense team appearance. Thabo had a bad contract year, but his previous 2 years were solid. If he hits his threes, and Ds up, he’ll be well worth the money as a competent 2 way player. He might just need a change of scenery.

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