What a twenty-four hours for Sam Presti! He signs Paul George to a four year deal for a $137 million, then signs Jerami Grant to a three year deal for $27 million.
If only Carmelo wasn’t there with that just under $30 million of payroll attached.
For those not keeping track…OKC now has a projected payroll of $156 million dollars with around another $130 million in luxury tax attached. This sets an NBA record for tax implications.
OKC is very close to becoming a $300 million dollar team which can’t get out of the first round.
But Presti had to do both of these things.
Now he has to somehow figure out what to do with the elephant in the room.
The elephant being Carmelo’s thirty million dollars and piece of shit attitude.
Note to Carmelo….you’re not at this point in your career as effective as Eric Gordon or Andre Iguodala. Come off the bench and play around 24-26 minutes a game and fucking thank the basketball gods they have been this kind to you for an opportunity like this.
You can’t knock OKC ownership for not spending money to field a team.
Maybe Presti can somehow get rid of Carmelo and bundle him somehow to the Lakers to join LeBron. Maybe Carmelo’s agent can pull this off with Magic Johnson.
You take Carmelo off that Thunder roster and you have a fairly nice ball club.
Westbrook, George, Adams, Grant, Roberson, Felton, Abrines, Ferguson, and Patterson. That’s not a bad team. They’re not going to beat Golden State, but who is. If fucking Carmelo would just come off the bench and add offense he could actually help. Sixteen points a game off the bench would not be a bad thing if you can limit his defensive liability.
So far, Presti has done what I wanted him to do. Now only two thungs left on his to do list. Align Carmelo with reality and replace Brian Davis on the play by play broadcast. You don’t have to fire him. Let him be the sideline reporter and and let Leslie McCasland do the post game show.
I feel like Presti is following my template so far.
I’ll talk to Carmelo for him if he wants me to.