Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders broke the news that OKC was one of a few teams (along with Memphis, Brooklyn and San Antonio) pursuing Sebastian Telfair.
Telfair would step into the shoes of Derek Fisher as the team’s third point guard, but he doesn’t seem like a good fit for the roster—hence his low ranking on the list.
For starters, Telfair spent last season plying his trade in China. He played relatively well for the Tianjin Ronggang, ending the season averaging 26.1 points (eighth in CBA) and 6.0 assists (fourth-best), but it’s hard to place any value on those numbers given the competition he faced on a nightly basis.
Additionally, there’s a reason he wasn’t in the NBA last season. Telfair never delivered on the ridiculous hype that enveloped him coming out of high school, and he’s bounced around in the way of seven teams in his nine NBA seasons.
Is there any reason to believe that Telfair has changed as a player? Not to my knowledge.
And if he hasn’t changed, he doesn’t fit what the Thunder need. Firstly, he needs the ball in his hands, and that’s not going to happen in OKC, where Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson will certainly be above him on the totem pole.
If he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, he doesn’t bring much value to the table since he’s not a strong perimeter shooter (32 percent from downtown over his career).
OKC needs a third point guard. They don’t need a third PG who can’t shoot, can’t defend his position particularly well and can’t play off the ball.
This rumor is believable in the sense that Telfair will command the lowest salary of the bunch, but let's hope it doesn't materialize because that money could be spent elsewhere.