OKC Thunder: NBA sets salary cap for 2014-15

by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 9, 2014
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Barring an unexpected sign-and-trade with the Lakers that would send Kendrick Perkins to Los Angeles, the most the Thunder could sign Gasol for is $5.3 million.

SECOND QUARTER DOOMS OKC

A nightmarish second quarter Wednesday was the Thunder’s downfall.

OKC took a 23-22 lead after the opening period but got outscored 34-13 in the second quarter and went into halftime trailing, 56-36. The Pacers went on to lead by as many as 31 before cruising to a 23-point victory.

The Thunder fell to 1-3.

Mitch McGary scored a team-high 15 points off the bench. Jeremy Lamb scored 12 points but missed 13 of 17 shots, and Steven Adams scored 10 points with eight rebounds.

The Thunder shot 37.5 percent. The Pacers, who were led by 19 points and six assists from Donald Sloan and 15 points and 12 rebounds from Kevin Jones, shot 52.9 percent.

ROBERSON SHOWS VERSATILITY

Andre Roberson continued to impress with his defense and rebounding Wednesday.

The second-year Thunder forward was one of the lone bright spots in the Thunder’s loss to the Pacers. He scored nine points on 3-for-6 shooting and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, four of them coming on the offensive end.

“Andre had a very good game, a very positive game,” said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “He was very good on the boards. He did a very good job defensively. We like his aggressiveness on offense. That’s something that we’re taking away from this game.”

Roberson showed his versatility from the opening tip when he started the game defending the point guard position.

TIP-INS

Grant Jerrett underwent surgery on his left ankle and will be sidelined four to six months. Jerrett is a restricted free agent, but the Thunder remains interested in Jerrett long term. ... Perry Jones scored five points with three rebounds and four turnovers in 22 minutes. He made 2 of 9 shots. … Josh Huestis scored seven points with three rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes off the bench. … The Thunder shot 42 free throws Wednesday. … Oklahoma City has a day off from games Thursday. The Thunder will resume play Friday in the final day of summer league. The start time is dependent on Thursday’s games.

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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