lets face it. OKC got fleeced.
And yet, they are perfectly happy with how it turned out.
I hope Green keeps up this play level for the rest of the season and into the playoffs.
Only a matter of time before perkins goes to the bench and collison gets the nod.
Just like it was only a matter of time before the amnesty Perk so they could resign Harden?
Or maybe they will just keep playing the way they have since they made that trade and have had great team success.
I don't think the Harden/Perkins saga is over.
It's likely they'll move him soon by using Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones+ that Raptors pick.
They are solid at every position except Perkins spot now that Martin is filling that scoring role off the bench.
Only other potential outcome is that they keep the Raptors pick and draft a big man to replace Perkins.
Problem is that moulding a draftee into a solid defensive stopper in the NBA takes years and the Thunder want to win now as their two superstars enter their prime.
Giving up that lottery pick and Jeremy Lamb+ Perk will almost certainly get them a better player- even if they have to throw Jones or Collison or Reggie Jackson in to get someone like Verajao.
The other side to this Green vs Perk argument is that we need a full season from Green to see who really 'won' this trade. He's having a solid stretch but he's been guarded by bums.
I read people saying he's a starting caliber SF in this league but he struggles against starting caliber SF defenders and has so far been good against poor to- mediocre bench defenders.
If he were a starting caliber SF he wouldn't be getting wide open corner threes or matching up against scrubs like Spencer Hawes for 20 minutes a game.
Jeff's getting there but he needs to prove it in a long playoff stretch against the second units of the NBA before we start calling him a starting caliber SF.