- OKC Thunder has guaranteed the last two years of Lou Dort's contract.
- Undiscovered in 2019, Dort is a rough diamond for GM Sam Presti's remanufacturing franchise.
- Dort is averaging 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, starting all 37 games he has played this season.
The Oklahoma City thunder has locked its defender.
According to a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Thunder has secured the last two years of Lugenz Dort's four-year contract, locking the team's top defender on the perimeter of the 2022-23 NBA season.
Dort will make $ 1.7 million next season, and Thunder will have $ 1.9 million in the 2022-23 season before Dort gets an unlimited free agency. The deal is one of the league's friendliest non-rookie contracts in the league, and there was no question that Thunder would take advantage of it, especially considering how Dort became a rough diamond for GM Sam Presti.
From unfinished to fully guaranteed
From undrafted to fully guaranteed.
It was interesting to watch the appearance of Lou Dort https://t.co/Jq9CXJk3b3
- SLAM Newswire (@SLAMnewswire) March 17, 2021
From undrafted to fully guaranteed, Dort's story is a story for storybooks. The 21-year-old Montreal footballer was not selected in 2019 after playing just one season for the Arizona State Sun Devils.
That said, newcomer of the year Pac-12 2018-19 will continue to impress GM Sam Presti and earn a two-way deal with Thunder, which he struck in a four-year $ 5.4 million deal last June, shortly before kickoff. the NBA bubble tournament in Orlando. The last two years of this contract have not been guaranteed, but Dort's overripe within one year plus the guardian made Wednesday's decision obvious.
Dort averaged 6.8 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in 36 games played during his rookie season. Dort was the star of the playoffs, where he increased his averages to 12.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He scored 30 points in Game 7 of the Round 1 Series against The Thunder against the Rockets, setting a high playoff level for the rookies and allowing Dort to join LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players to score 25 points or more in 7th game.
The final 6-3 started in all 37 games he played in his sophomore year. He averaged 12.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in 29.7 minutes of playing time. But it was not these numbers that made him valuable in the OKC, but his athleticism and ability to play defensively. Dort proved to be a solid defender during his rookie time but is now regarded as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.
Selected Pickaxes Thunder Stockpiling
Unreal: OKC Thunder has 19 round 1 picks / exchanges and 16 round 2 picks over the next 7 years. (via @statmuse) pic.twitter.com/T1QGWYcXA7
- Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) March 17, 2021
Despite battling a 17-23 record and the NBA's top betting sites already cheating it, Thunder is still in the playoff equation. Entering Thursday's games against the Hawks, Oklahoma City is just 2.5 games behind 10th seeded Memphis Grizzlies, making it possible to join the 8th seeded Play-in in the Conference.
OKC has the 8th lightest schedule in the entire league to finish. According to Tankathon.com, the remaining 32 Thunder opponents have an average winnings of .484. If the schedule continues, OKC has a decent chance of winning more games and climbing the corporate ladder.
However, reaching the playoffs may be the last thing Thunder is thinking about right now. They are in recovery mode and have invested heavily in acquiring future peaks following the loss of KD and Westbrook. OKC has a total of 35 drafts in the next 7 NBA drafts, including round two of 2027, which they acquired from the Heat in exchange for Meyers Leonard.
OKC's rebuilding has already attracted young talent like Shai Gilgeus-Alexander, Darius Bazley, Ty Jerome, Isaiah Robie and Theo Maledon. Their 19 first-round picks over the next seven years will add more talent to the team. But it is the search for gems like Lou Dorz that makes the restoration successful.
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