OKC Thunder give Steven Adams help, trade for Taj Gibson?
Feb 25 2017
Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Anthony Morrow are the three players dealt to Chicago for Gibson and McDermott. This is the first time in Gibson's eight-year career (all with Chicago, who drafted him 26th overall in 2009) that he has worked as a go-to starter with Chicago. Payne is a decent playmaker and is just 22 years old, so he still has plenty of time to develop.
McDermott offers the Thunder another outside scoring option - he's averaging 10.2 points a game, while shooting 37.3% from the three-point arc.
Early rumors had Andre Roberson as part of this trade, but apparently the Thunder want to keep him when he enters restricted free agency this offseason. McDermott has been inconsistent though but likely a new setting in Oklahoma City as well as playing with a superstar point guard in Russell Westbrook could help him find his footing.
Taj Gibson does not have to play for the Bulls anymore.
Chicago Bulls forward Doug McDermott was traded on Thursday to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
While this should be considered an accomplishment, it appears that the Thunder are looking to make a move prior to this afternoon's trade deadline. There have been reports though that George is clearly aiming to go home to L.A. and wear a yellow-purple jersey once he becomes a free agent after the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season.
As for McDermott, he is the piece of this trade that Bulls fans should be most angry about.
The Thunder headed into the trade deadline with serious needs in shooting and paint defense. (?) And the Bulls just opened up for more minutes for Bobby Portis (meh) and possibly Denzel Valentine, provided that he doesn't get sent back to the D-League for no reason again. The Thunder like his game, but have been unable to give him the minutes his talent deserves.
A person familiar with the deal tells the AP that the Mavericks have acquired big man Nerlens Noel from the 76ers for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick. The Oklahoma City Thunder is just hoping they're making their own captain happy enough to stick with the ship.
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