Tony Bradley, Austin Rivers ‘working through next steps’ with agents, Thunder

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There was a little bit of uncertainty from Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Mark Daigneault regarding the return for George Hill in the trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks.

The Thunder received center Tony Bradley from the Sixers and Austin Rivers from the Knicks, along with two second-round draft picks. Daigneault was asked on Friday what the plan is for incorporating those two players.

“I know a little bit about them and have respect for them as players, but the trade just happened and (general manager) Sam (Presti) and their representation are working through next steps, so there’s not a lot of clarity yet on what that’s going to look like,” Daigneault said.

“To be honest with you, outside of knowing that we acquired them, I’m not really privy to those conversations yet. Sam will be updating me on that later today or tomorrow, so we’ll just kind of leave it at that for now with those two guys.”

As of Friday afternoon, they had not yet joined the Thunder in Oklahoma City.

At the risk of speculating, it would make more sense for Rivers to not play a minute for the Thunder than it would for him to suit up and take time from young prospects. Bradley is only 23 years old, but he’s on the final year of his contract before hitting restricted free agency. If the Thunder can find minutes for him around the rest of the young bigs, it would make sense to test him out. They have done well at getting the most out of energy guys this year, and Bradley can bring that. His fellow Sixers bigs sure like him.

Take Daigneault’s comments how you will. Updates can be expected after he and Presti have discussed the matter and after the front office has finished working through whatever steps they need to go through with the players’ agents.

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