Darnell Mayberry: 'If Harden signs, Maynor is gone'

The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry took questions from readers in today's OKC Thunder Power Lunch Chat. Join our Power Lunch Chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. on NewsOK.com/Sports.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm •  Published: October 8, 2012
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Harden's value is set -- he is a max player because he will get that in free agency. So isn't this season about the big men? If anyone other than Perk can guard Dwight Howard, Perk is probably amnestied and Harden signed, right?

I don't think there's any chance they amnesty Perk. None. He has his flaws, sure. But what will this team look like without Perk in the middle? Scary, right? I know. In my opinion, the Thunder thinks Perk is more valuable to this team's long term future than Harden given the money. It might sounds crazy, but it's really not.

There's been some images of alternate jerseys available on NBA 2K13. Do they bear any resemblance to the Thunder's planned alternate this year? What game will the alternate jerseys be unveiled?

Nah. They're keeping it pretty quiet. All I know is it's not black.Something tells me they'll be out in time for you to make somebody's day on Christmas morning.

What offensive system changes is the Thunder planning for this year (with training camp giving them time to do so, unlike last season)?

There's been a ton of talk about playing Durant and Westbrook in the post more. That alone should open up a lot of options. Brooks also has talked about getting Ibaka more involved, and Collison says he wants to be more aggressive with his shot. Now, all of those things are goals rather than plans. It remains to be seen how the Thunder will actually implement those things.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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