Kevin Durant is a week away from becoming the most coveted unrestricted free agent since LeBron James held the basketball world hostage two years ago. The Oklahoma City Thunder, the only franchise for which Durant has played, has made every effort to assemble the most talented roster around him and Russell Westbrook, and came within one game of reaching the NBA Finals. Presti dealt Serge Ibaka, a three-time all-defensive team player and a core member of a team that has reached the conference finals four times in the past six seasons, to Orlando in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to big man Domantas Sabonis.
Thon Maker going No. 10 to the Bucks was shocking (at least until you consider Maker’s agency). But it wasn’t the only big development with Maker yesterday. Jake Fisher of Sports Illustrated: Maker on NBA TV: I know it’s not true. And if it were true, it would have made me angry. Somehow, it made me sideways, somehow. But I know it’s not true. Obviously, it’s not true, and that’s why it didn’t get to me. It didn’t get to me. I’m 19. I should have brought my mom in to tell everybody. There’s at least circumstantial evidence to support Maker. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress: Maker was born in Sudan and grew up in Australia. The age of foreign prospects – sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly – will