Thunder News Roundup: Thunder Hire Former Magic GM, Westbrook’s Jordan Brand Extension, and More

Thunder News Roundup: Thunder Hire Former Magic GM, Westbrook’s Jordan Brand Extension, and More

Thunder hire former Magic GM Rob Hennigan

Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders reports that the Oklahoma City Thunder have hired ex-Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.

It is presumed that Hennigan will fill the void at assistant general manager, which was left open when Michael Winger was hired as GM of the LA Clippers.

Hennigan spent four years at the helm in Orlando, hired as the youngest GM in league history at just 30 years old. Under Hennigan’s tenure, the Magic went 132-278. Before he took the Orlando job, Hennigan spent four years with Oklahoma City.

Although he struggled in command of the Magic, the blame should not fall squarely on him. If many in Orlando are to be believed, Alex Martin — CEO of the Magic — pushed Hennigan to make “win now” moves rather than ones that would build a foundation for the future. Martin has been criticized as a “puppet master” — although he denies that claim.

Regardless of his rocky time in Orlando, I have no doubt Hennigan will do well in a supporting role in OKC.

Westbrook inks 10-year extension with Jordan…now what?

Yesterday, Thunder fans were given a start when they read that Russell Westbrook had signed an extension — just not with the Thunder.

Instead, Westbrook committed to Jordan brand for 10 years, an offer said to be more lucrative than any other in brand history.

And yet this is not the extension news Thunder fans were waiting for. As Westbrook’s five year, $200 million plus offer lies on the table, and as we near the NBA season, it seems less and less likely that the all-world point guard will sign the supermax extension.

Could he want a deal that’s more short term? If he does indeed want to stay with the Thunder, this option seems most likely. Westbrook can now practically forget about his on-court money now that he is firmly entrenched in footwear, not to mention the multitude of other endorsements Westbrook has garnered.

But there’s always the possibility that Westbrook doesn’t want to return to Oklahoma City once he’s filled his contractual obligation. It’s hard to think about, but Thunder fans need to start steeling themselves for it now.

Russ Makes the Media Rounds

In case you missed any of Russell Westbrook’s media appearances this week, here you go!

Good Morning America:

Westbrook interview with Fallon:

Russell Westbrook playing NBA Jam with Jimmy Fallon:



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