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John Rohde: Kevin Martin would have to take a huge pay cut to re-sign with the Thunder

The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of the Q&A.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: April 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

The Oklahoman's John Rohde took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder/NBA Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on Here's a recap of the Q&A.

John Rohde 11:04 a.m. For those wanting to chat with Stephanie, sorry, but you're stuck with John Rohde. So feel free to ask any Thunder questions you might have. But for what it's worth for the guy who asked in what round Landry Jones will be drafted, I predict the third round. Moving on ...
Scott Brooks 11:04 a.m. I told you Fisher should be playing more.
John Rohde 11:05 a.m. Liar. You're not Scott Brooks and you didn't believe in Derek Fisher. Say this about Fish: He doesn't lack nerve. The dude drains 3-pointer after 3-pointer in practice. He's a machine. Nice it finally translated to a game.
Steven 11:06 a.m. So who has the tiebreaker. I thot I heard TNT say last night that SA had the edge.
John Rohde 11:08 a.m. First tiebreaker is head-to-head. That finished tied at 2. Next tiebreaker is conference record. Thunder is 35-13 and Spurs are 32-15. Advantage Thunder, but there is a lot of tough ball still to be played.
Guest 11:08 a.m. Will KD win his fourth straight scoring title
John Rohde 11:11 a.m. Sure doesn't seem too concerned about it. After last night's game, Durant said he was "rooting" for Carmelo Anthony to win the title. Whatever happened to the days where David Thompson scored 73 in an afternoon game on the last game of the season, then George Gervin went out that night and scored 63 in three quarters to win the crown? I'm writing about this subject for Sunday's paper with Melo and Knicks headed into town.
Erin 11:11 a.m. where will the kings be next year ?
John Rohde 11:15 a.m. The safest answer is to say they'll be in the NBA - barely. I'll believe the Kings are moving when I see it. Seattle embarrassed itself with how it handled the SuperSonics sale to Clay Bennett. Pure and simple, Seattle could have kept the Sonics and state/city officials blew it. Something tells me Seattle might blow it again -- and then blame OKC, of course. In the NBA, is possession 9/10th of the law when it comes to where a team is located?
Xavi 11:15 a.m. Hey how are things going? I want to know if you have heard anything about marcus smart is he still undisided? Oh also who do you have winning the mens final four?
John Rohde 11:18 a.m. Have not. A few OSU folk I know think he's staying, but that might be wishful thinking. Last time I checked, he was No. 3 behind McLemore and Noel, or vice versa. Truthfully, I don't think Smart is ready for the NBA. An NBA team would be drafting him to teach him, not play him, and that's fine. He's a terrific player. I called him a fifth-year freshman -- very mature and composed for someone so young and new to the position.
John Rohde 11:19 a.m. Oh, the Final Four. I picked Louisville in my bracket. Who else I picked is really not important -- not now, anyway.
JD 11:19 a.m. Do you think the Spurs are in trouble?
John Rohde 11:22 a.m. For the regular season, perhaps. For the postseason, no. NBA writer Mike Monroe thinks Tony Parker (shin, ankle) will sit out the rest of the regular season to heal. Manu Ginobili (hamstring) is out another three weeks. Stephen Jackson is ailing with a knee. But if all three guys get back for the first round, the Spurs might be a little rusty at first -- for about 20 minutes. Then everything should slide back into its original slot like a machine.
Larry 11:23 a.m. Sorry for the questions, John. I thought it was Steph today.
John Rohde 11:23 a.m. No problem. I understand your disappointment. I believe she's ironing out the details of the 4-3 alignment this morning.
Thomas 11:24 a.m. John, The Thunder should win the West, due to Denver,SA, Injuries situations, Your thoghts, Thank
John Rohde 11:27 a.m. Agreed. But it won't be a cakewalk with the Thunder's wicked schedule these next five games. Entering last night's game, I thought if OKC lost it would have to worry about holding off Denver for the No. 2 seed. Now the Nuggets are without point guard Ty Lawson (foot) for an indefinite period and forward Danilo Gallinari was lost for the season last night with a knee injury. That's two big-time players. However, Denver is deep, and hot, and the mojo really seems to be with the Nuggets these last two months.
Guest 11:28 a.m. how much percentage do you think that K-mart will remain in OKC next year?
John Rohde 11:31 a.m. Wow, tough way to finish the questioning. I think K-Mart has been a great addition. He's blended in well and everyone seems to really like him. However, he'll probably have to take a huge pay cut to re-sign -- perhaps no higher than $7 million annually when he's making $12.5 million this season. I hope it works out. I really have a lot of respect for K-Mart.
Thanks for all the great questions and check next week's listings for the next time Stephanie will be able to join you.


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