The spotlight of Oklahoma City's Summer League has shined bright on a variety of different young players. From Chet Holmgren’s return, Tre Mann’s bounce back and Jalen Williams' electric performances, the Summer League has had its high points for the Thunder.
Summer League is a prime opportunity for young players to break out — or growing players to get back on track. Oklahoma City has a handful of both. Chet Holmgren and Cason Wallace have provided a glimpse into the future, each showcasing promise and skill on the court.
It’s no secret the Oklahoma City front office has been busy this offseason. The team surgically used its $32 million of cap space to acquire even more future draft selections to add to its ever-growing stash.
Jared Butler was a second round pick by the Utah Jazz but had first round potential according to many NBA Draft analysts. The point guard led Baylor to a national championship and proved his ability to both score and facilitate the ball whenever needed.
Last year, the Oklahoma City Thunder were in the top half of the league in defensive rating. OKC finished last season with the 14th-ranked defense due in large part to a great system by Mark Daigneault and his team always playing with maximum effort.
When watching the Oklahoma City Thunder Summer League squad, it's easy to find yourself focused the likes of second overall pick Chet Holmgren, 2022 Rookie of the Year runner-up Jalen Williams and Oklahoma City’s newest defensive stalwart Cason Wallace.
For the first time in his young career, Cason Wallace took the court in an Oklahoma City uniform on Saturday. After missing the first few Salt Lake City Summer League contests due to the draft day trade that sent him to OKC, Wallace made his long-awaited OKC debut.
In their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League, Oklahoma City finally got to see what Cason Wallace looks like on an NBA floor. Wallace had missed all three games in the Salt Lake City Summer League due to the nature of the trade that resulted in the Thunder landing him.
The Thunder have signed Cason Wallace to his rookie scale contract, the team announced in a press release. Wallace, who was the 10th overall pick in last month’s draft, was acquired via trade from Dallas.
The Heat have traded guard Victor Oladipo to the Thunder for second-round picks in 2029 and ’30, the team announced in a press release. Along with the picks, Miami is landing a $9.45 million trade exception by flipping Oladipo’s salary.