The Oklahoma City Thunder made some minor recent NBA headlines. The team signed Mark Daigneault to a contract extension. He had an impressive season in 2022/23 as coach. Few expected the OKC Thunder to be anything significant. However, they emerged as contenders to make the playoffs. Ultimately, they lost in the play-in tournament. Their 40-42 record was a major overachievement after expectations to finish last or near last.
Looking ahead at the upcoming season, the Thunder are set at 44.5 for a win total in bet365 futures. That would only be a marginal improvement based on what they achieved a year ago, should they finish with 44 or 45 wins. Chet Holmgren promises to factor into the upcoming season after missing all of last season due to injury.
Cleveland Cavaliers Won the Summer League
The Cleveland Cavaliers emerged victorious in the NBA Summer League, clinching the championship title against the Houston Rockets. The thrilling final took place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, where Cleveland showcased their dominance with an impressive 99-78 triumph, improving their unbeaten record to 6-0.
One notable standout from the 2023 NBA Summer League was Isaiah Mobley, who delivered an exceptional performance in the final. Mobley demonstrated his versatility by recording a double-double, accumulating 28 points and 11 rebounds. The Cavaliers have high hopes for Mobley, their draft pick from the 2022 NBA Draft, as they anticipate his readiness for the upcoming season.
The Cavs are thought to be one of the contenders in the upcoming season. Their win total is set at 50.5 with bet365 futures with the UNDER being the slight favorite at -125.
Other Recent NBA Headlines
You know it’s a slow time for NBA news when the friends of NBA players are being reported on. ESPN headlined “Police arrest friend of Grizzlies’ Ja Morant tied to civil case” (July 19th/Baxter Holmes). Morant has been in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons, since a video of him holding a gun went viral back in March.
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