The preseason schedule was announced today, meaning we now know where OKC’s team will be from the start of the exhibition season on Oct. 8 through the end of the regular season on April 15. Interesting that the first (preseason) home game will be against the Clippers and the season finale will be on the road against the Clippers.
The No-Names also made a small trade on Monday, acquiring Kyle Weaver from Charlotte in exchange for a second-round draft pick. Weaver likely will be a guy who spends some time in Tulsa with the Developmental League’s 66ers. He’s got potential to be a solid all-around player but likely isn’t ready at this point.
Ticket prices are expected to be announced this week, and I’m told it will be Wednesday. The team is expected to announce pricing throughout the entire building with the exception of suites and courtside seats, info that teams rarely make public. Fans also can expect to find out the next step on when the team will begin contacting them via phone and e-mail. I’m hearing there definitely will not be priority for former Hornets season ticket holders. Not only that, but the process likely will be exclusively based on first come first serve with a select-a-seat event scheduled for the coming weeks.
Team chairman Clay Bennett has recently said the number of fans who’ve signed up for the ticket request list is approaching 18,000. He’s said the team will not sell out the building with season tickets, but rather leave plenty of single season tickets available and enough for ample mini-plans and group sales. Also, the team has repeatedly said more than the league-mandated 500 $10 seats will be available. Although the organization has said ticket prices will be higher, I’m told the number of $10 seats will be more than 3,000. That certainly should help out a lot of folks.
In national news, Andre Iguodala reportedly has re-signed with the Sixers for six years and $80 mil. The Grizzlies would have been the only other team that could have offered him even reasonable money, likely the $58 million they offered Josh Smith last week. But that bit of news is good for OKC, which didn’t need a player like him coming to the West and adding more competition. Chicago’s Ben Gordon is now the last big name on the free agent market. We’ll see what happens with him.