The Thunder dealt with the Magic to get Victor Oladipo. Now, it’s time to negotiate with Oladipo, who’s eligible for a rookie-scale contract extension. How much does he want? Zach Lowe of ESPN: (for now) seeking the maximum salary, sources say. Why shouldn’t he? C.J. McCollum just got a max extension, and while I’d prefer McCollum over Oladipo, their value is comparable. McCollum is a superior shooter, but Oladipo is more advanced defensively. Two factors working in McCollum’s favor — youth and a shortage of good shooting guards in the NBA — also apply to Oladipo. Perhaps, the max rules kept McCollum from earning more. Even if he’s not quite as valuable as McCollum, Oladipo still might deserve
If there’s anyone who won’t fear replacing Dwyane Wade with the Heat, it’s Dion Waiters. For better or worse. Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press: This is presumably for the $2,898,000 room exception. At that price, it’s hard to argue with taking a chance on the talented 24-year-old. For a brief stretch in the playoffs, Waiters put it all together and looked like the complementary scorer and defender the Thunder desired. But that was surrounded by more sober assessments of his value. Oklahoma City didn’t extend Waiters’ contract before the season and yanked his qualifying offer last week. This must be a disappointing outcome for Waiters, but at least he can hit the market again in a year.