The Oklahoma City Thunder have been linked to a rumor that would be a Spanish League veteran, Pete Mickeal, to the thunder once his contract is up. Mickeal, a savvy 34-year old veteran is looking for a ring, according to tubasket.com.
The article is in Spanish. Here is it translated. Thanks google.
They were candidates for the ring last season, but fell in the finals to the Miami Heat. They will again be this campaign. And they want it to remain in the future. The Oklahoma City Thunder not abandoned efforts to build a champion around Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka franchise.
They are the three basic pillars of a team with hunger for titles that next season, which are already thinking, you could add a veteran of luxury.
As you can fast forward TUBASKET.com, the Thunder are intended to the signing of forward Pete Mickeal (34 years, 1.99 m) once completed his contract with the Barça Regal this summer.
They see it as the ideal man to bring experience to a young staff and also to add more weapons to its arsenal: like your game into the post, just which does not have some of their owners in the outdoor game, the Swiss Thabo Sefolosha, more prone to play face ring.
The interest is such that emissaries of the Thunder have followed to Mickeal live in recent weeks, on Malaga and Barcelona. Including himself general manager of the franchise, Sam Presti.
The signing by the Thunder would be a great climax after a triumphant career in Spain: three leagues ACB, a Euroleague, two cups of the King and four Super, so far.
Selected with the number 58 of the 2000 NBA draft by the Mavericks, Mickeal never debut in the NBA. He was part of the template of the Knicks at the beginning of the 2000-01 season, and was in the Houston Rockets between September 2002 and January 2003. But he stayed with a thorn stuck play an official match in a League which, according to him, will you as ring finger.
“Everything is different in the NBA, you can either use the body and won’t be missing. This year, in the NBA, if he does ‘ flopping’ te ponen a fine, highest ever. The ‘flopping’ is not basketball. In the NBA there is more contact in the post low, here the minimum because it is missing. Why? For me this is not basketball, but nothing happens,”said Mickeal in October, after the friendly match against the Dallas Mavericks.
While I hear rumors all the time of silly things like this. However, with Sam Presti traveling to Spain to watch him really puts this as a real possibility. Something to keep your eye on.
Mickeal started at Indian Hills Community College, a junior college power house. Then went to Cincinnati to finish college. Drafted by the Knicks. He never officially signed. Mickeal bounced around in semi-pro ball before heading over to Europe.
In Europe, Mickeal has excelled. In 2008 Mickeal led TAU Cerámica to the ACB Finals. Mickeal then was named Finals MVP.
He also helped FC Barcelona win the 2010 Euroleague Basketball Championship. Then this past season. Mickeal was a focal point on the FC Barcelona winning the ACB Championship.
Mickeal is currently averaging 10.9ppg and 4.2 rpg. He’s shooting 55 percent from the floor and almost 90 percent from the charity stripe. Lets keep an eye on the 6’5″ player.