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The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the verge of paying a hefty fine, and most of their key rotation players are on the trade block.
The luxury tax is a fabulous deterrent. When a team crosses that threshold, they’re forced to pay the fine out of pocket. Clay Bennett and the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s ownership group are on the cusp of giving the league $54.4 million, according to Spotrac, and, as a result, have the likes of Steven Adams, Andre Roberson and Dennis Schroder available for trade.
Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that the Thunder have “increased its efforts this afternoon to shed salary along with the No. 21 pick en route to dodging the luxury tax.” Oklahoma City is allocating $147.5 million in salary for 2019-20, $52.0 million which is occupied by the trio of Adams, Schroder, and Roberson. Their salaries trail only Paul George and Russell Westbrook.
The NBA’s luxury tax threshold for 2019 is $132.0 million. There are multiple tiers of taxation, and the penalty rises for every $5 million spent. It’s a messy situation for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only is an enormous fine incoming, but they have almost no wiggle room in free agency. If no deals manifest, they’re pretty much stuck with the same roster they had this past season, and that group produced a roller coaster of a campaign.
The Thunder finished the season with a 49-33 record, good enough for sixth in the West. It was slightly better than the previous year, primarily due to Paul George’s decision to return to the organization. Despite having the makeup of a team who could sustain a deep playoff run, Oklahoma City’s battles with inconsistency ultimately sank them. They capped off the season with a five-game winning streak, but that came on the heels of two separate four-game losing streaks within a month of each other.
Upon qualifying for the postseason, George and Westbrook led their team into a battle against the Portland Trail Blazers. They suffered a swift defeat. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum were unguardable and ended the series in five.
George played well (28.6 points, 8.6 rebounds); Westbrook struggled (22.8 points, 36.0 percent shooting). Schroder was decent but had no memorable performances. Adams, the third member of the big three, was non-existent. He attempted only 42 shots, two more than Jerami Grant. For a capable player earning more than $25.0 million, it was strange to see his lack of involvement. Even so, the Big Kiwi is the best player among those on the block.
Feb 22, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during the first half against the Utah Jazz at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports(Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports)
Steven Adams is among the new-wave of minimalistic centers. His skill set isn’t extensive. He doesn’t have a flurry of moves in the post, nor does he look to create off of the dribble and glide to the basket. Instead, he runs the floor, seeking easy buckets in transition.
He finishes alley-oops and handles dump passes when his guards get into the paint. Adams is also an intimidating force on defense, standing seven-foot and weighing 265 pounds with the strength similar to that of a Marvel superhero. The only downside is his contract. It’s a bit expensive, particularly for someone who’s not an elite center. For comparison, Clint Capela will earn no more than $19.5 million at any point in his current deal.
Trailing Adams are both Dennis Schroder and Andre Roberson. Schroder’s in an interesting situation. He came to Oklahoma City from the Atlanta Hawks and settled into a sixth man role. His improvement was marginal. He averaged 15.5 points and 4.1 assists in 29.3 minutes. On a per 36 scale, both of those numbers fell from the previous season. He did, however, make strides a shooter, posting a three-point clip of 34.1 percent. It’s modest, no doubt, but better than his career clip of 32.5.
Unlike Adams, Schroder’s financial situation isn’t the worst. He’s due $31 million over the next two seasons. Still, it remains to be seen if a team is willing to take on a young player who has a handful of unanswered questions: will he evolve into a reliable shooter and floor general? What about his effort on defense? Maybe a team takes a chance and keeps him as an expensive sixth man, but there haven’t been any rumors about that.
Rounding out the trio is Andre Roberson. Roberson, unfortunately, missed most of last season with a knee injury. He should be healthy for this upcoming campaign and could provide value to a team looking for an elite defender.
Roberson has cemented himself as a perimeter anchor but is a colossal liability on offense. He’s an atrocious shooter (22.2 percent from three last season) and can’t create. Further, Roberson is horrendous from the foul line (46.7 percent for his career). Late in games, he’s virtually unplayable.
The Oklahoma City Thunder will have a hard time avoiding the luxury tax entirely. However, a few well-executed trades will make it worth their while. The offseason has officially started, and there’s still time for someone to facilitate a shocking deal.
It remains unlikely, though. Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder and Andre Roberson all have their deficiencies. But no part of their skill set is so outstanding that a team would be willing to overpay. Stranger things have happened, though, so we’ll have to speculate and wait and see.
Clay Bennett Biography
Clay Bennett ” Clayton Ike Bennett” is an American businessman and chairman of the Professional Basketball Club LLC, the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder, an NBA franchise formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics.
Bennett is also the chairman of Oklahoma City-based Dorchester Capital Corporation, as well as the chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the Oklahoma Heritage Association and chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Oklahoma.
Clay Bennett Age
Bennett was born in 1959, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He is (59–60) years old as of 2019. The month he was born has not been specified.
Clay Bennett Family
clay seems to be secretive about his personal life, There is no information about his family, the place and how he was raised with his siblings.
Clay Bennett Wife
Bennett is married to Louise Gaylord Bennett a daughter to Oklahoma City media mogul Edward L. Gaylord. The pair were high school sweethearts, meeting when he was a sophomore and she was a freshman.
Clay Bennett Children’s
The pair has three children, there is no much information about his children.
Clay Bennett Education
Clay has kept his educational so secretive, there is no much information about his educational background.
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He was one of the owners of the San Antonio Spurs in the mid-1990s, where his duties were to represent the team on the NBA Board of Governors. Immediately prior to the 2005–06 NBA season, He together with Aubrey McClendon of Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Tom L. Ward of Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy Corporation, and G. Jeffrey Records Jr. of Oklahoma City-based MidFirst Bank, partnered with the city of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma in providing a revenue guarantee for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.Clay Bennett Photo
The result was the relocation of the Hornets to Oklahoma City for two seasons. The temporary relocation to Oklahoma City stemmed from damage to the arena and infrastructure in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. He is the chairman of the Oklahoma City-based Professional Basketball Club LLC (PBC) of which owns the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.
He is Formerly known as the Seattle Supersonics, the team was as well purchased from Howard Schultz in 2006 for approximately $350 million with Bennett promising a good-faith effort to keep the team in Seattle, provided there would be a public commitment to a new arena. After failing to get $500 million in public funding from local taxes to build a new suburban arena for the team, Bennett notified the NBA on November 2, 2007, of the ownership group’s intent to move the team to Oklahoma City.
He made known his plan and relocated the basketball franchise. On April 18th in 2008, the NBA owners gave approved for moving the franchise from Seattle for the 2008–2009 season pending the outcome of the city’s case to uphold the lease and the former ownership group’s lawsuit to rescind the purchase.
On July 2, 2008, Bennett’s ownership group reached a settlement agreement in the lawsuit filed by the city of Seattle, thus allowing the franchise to move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Bennett was later named the chairman of the NBA’s relocation committee. On April 29, 2013, Bennett was a part of the relocation committee that unanimously voted against a proposed relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle.
Clay Bennett Net Worth
Clay has an estimated net worth of $400 million dollars.
Clay Bennett Brain Surgery | Illness | Weight Loss
Bennett had undergone brain surgery “sometime before” the season began, and last week was the “first chance” for many fans to see Bennett since the surgery, according to Berry Tramel of the OKLAHOMAN. Bennett appeared to have lost weight and donned a “thinned face and an ominous scar across his head.
” But he “looked much better than he did before.” Details about Bennett’s condition are “scarce,” and he is “certainly not going to talk about it.” Bennett “remains friendly in social settings,” but his “deliberate speaking remains unchanged.”
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Bennett is an editorial cartoonist. His cartoons typically present liberal viewpoints. He draws for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Bennett is the recipient of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer 6 times since 1999, Chattanooga Times Free Press cartoonist Clay Bennett won the Prize in 2002.
He as well earned just about every other editorial cartoon award there is, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the John Fischetti Editorial Cartoon Competition, the Overseas Press Club’s Thomas Nast Award, the National Headliner Award, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the National Cartoonists Society Division Award for Best Editorial Cartoons. Bennett was also named Editorial Cartoonist of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001.
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