Author - Hayden Peterson

Hervey could be steal at two-way

On Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder waived guard Devon Hall. Shortly after, they signed forward Kevin Hervey to a Two-Way contract.

Hall appeared in only five games for the Thunder this season. He only received 20 minutes of playing time and he totaled only five points and three assists.

Hervey, the 23 year old, has spent the season with the Thunder’s G-League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Blue. The 6-9 forward is averaging an impressive 19.7 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in three games with the Blue.

Kevin Hervey has looked very well in his G-League career. Last season in the playoffs with the Blue, he averaged 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from three in their two playoff games.

With Hervey excelling in the G-League, this move could just be to see how well he plays against NBA talent. Or perhaps it is because Devon Hall was with the Thunder for the Two-Way contract maximum number of days of 45.

However, it could possibly be much deeper than either of those reasons.

With trade season closely approaching, the Thunder have several valuable players available for trade. Those players include Chris Paul, Dennis Schröder, Danilo Gallinari, and even Steven Adams. Sam Presti will be receiving plenty of calls from opposing General Managers wanting to negotiate with him the next couple of months . With the Thunder in the midst of a rebuild, it makes a lot of sense for Presti to swap some of Oklahoma City’s older and more talented players for draft picks or younger pieces to the team.

One of the most talented trade eligible players in the NBA this season, is the Thunder’s very own, Danilo Gallinari.

December 15th is the first time players who signed a new contract over the summer can be traded. With Gallinari having a pricey contract, that date could be huge for other teams having more options to negotiate a trade for Gallinari. The NBA trade deadline is February 6th, so the Italian forward could potentially be on the move sooner rather than later.

The sharp-shooting forward is averaging 18.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game this season. He shoots 39.9 percent from three and an outstanding 90.7 percent from the free-throw line. Many teams across the league could use his shooting and scoring ability. There has already been several rumors going around about teams interested in him.

With the Thunder signing Hervey, a young forward with potential, it could mean they are anticipating to trade Gallinari. Adding more depth at the forward spot would make a lot of sense if a Gallinari trade is going to take place. If the Thunder do make a trade with Gallo in the coming months, you can anticipate to see Hervey out on the floor for the Thunder.

Keep an eye out for Sam Presti and the Thunder to make some moves in the coming months with several players, but especially with their very talented forward Danilo Gallinari.

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Thunder complete hail mary, win in OT against Minnesota

A buzzer beater to end regulation and an impressive overtime from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Oklahoma City Thunder stunned the Minnesota Timberwolves 139-127 in overtime on Friday night at Chespeake Energy Arena.

The Thunder are now 9-12 on the season, only one game out of the Western Conference playoff race.

With Minnesota ahead 121-119 and 1.1 seconds remaining in regulation, Oklahoma City fouled Karl-Anthony Towns. He missed a free throw, then Minnesota was issued a technical foul for a delay of game because Jordan Bell did not have his jersey tucked in when he subbed in. It was a technical because the Timberwolves had been called for delay of game late in the third quarter, and a technical is given on a second delay of game.

Danilo Gallinari made the technical free throw for Oklahoma City, then Towns shot his second free throw at the other end. He made it, putting Minnesota up two but giving Oklahoma City a chance at a throw-in. The Thunder would have had to scramble if Towns had missed because they were out of timeouts. Steven Adams took advantage of the unexpected opportunity and completed a nearly length-of-the-court pass to Dennis Schroder, who made a layup as time expired to force overtime.

The Thunder came out strong in the first quarter going back and forth with the Timberwolves all twelve minutes. Once again, Steven Adams had a great start to the game. He scored the first two points for the Thunder, and finished the quarter with six points on 3-of-3 shooting. Oklahoma City was up 30-27 going into the second quarter.

The Thunder stayed competitive in the second quarter but Minnesota’s offensive play started to be too much. Behind the strong play from Jeff Teague and Karl Anthony-Towns, the Wolves went into halftime up 58-53.

The second half started with Minnesota going on a scoring spree, which was led by Jeff Teague. The Wolves took a quick third quarter lead. However, Chris Paul and the Thunder, like many other games, kept fighting and stayed competitive the whole second half. Behind strong play from Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Steven Adams, and Danilo Gallinari, the Thunder were able to make a comeback in the fourth quarter. They were able to tie the game to send it to overtime after a crazy ending. 

Overtime was about as perfect for OKC fans as it could have possibly been. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander took it over, scoring 11 points in the overtime period.

Overall, this was an extremely great game for Oklahoma City. Five Thunder players finished with over 20 points which was the first time in franchise history. Chris Paul led all Thunder scorers with 30 points and Gilgeous-Alexander followed him with 29 on 8-of-13 shooting. The other three 20+ point scorers were Schroder with 25, Adams with 22, and Gallinari with 21.

Jeff Teague had a very impressive game for the Timberwolves, he finished with 32 points, nine  assists, and five rebounds. He had a very impressive third quarter and led the Wolves to a lead early in the second half. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to go along with them. Teague and Towns caused havoc for Oklahoma City all game long.

One of the biggest positives from the game was that the Thunder shot 90% from the free throw line. Despite only shooting 10 free throws on Wednesday, they responded with shooting 40 tonight, and knocking down 36 of them. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shot 12 of those and did not miss a single one from the charity strike. 

The Thunder were able to outscore the Timberwolves 17-5 in overtime, and really played great defense down the stretch. Steven Adams anchored down the paint and helped disturb shots all game long. Adams played his most complete game of the year with a stat line of 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks. Gilgeous-Alexander also played his best stretch of basketball this year in the last five minutes of the game.

The Oklahoma City Thunder will return to action Sunday at 8 p.m. Thunder Time against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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