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News » Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-06-18

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-06-18

Seattle Supersonics Getting Inside 2008-06-18
Jerryd Bayless, Eric Gordon, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook -- all potential lottery selections -- have participated in workouts for the Seattle SuperSonics in the past two weeks.

Now, with this year's draft looming, Seattle general manager Sam Presti must begin formulated a strategy for the draft.

Seattle has the fourth and 24th pick overall in the first round, and four second-round picks. It's unlikely that they will use all six, and probably will make some sort of trade to bring in a key, veteran player to add to a young nucleus with cornerstones Kevin Durant and Jeff Green.

The Sonics also may use one or two picks to draft international players with potential to flourish into a quality NBA contributor. One of those players is Serge Ibaka. The Sonics reportedly put the 6-10, 220-pounder from the Congo through a private workout this week at the Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy. Ibaka, 18, is athletic, but raw and unpolished, and will need some individual attention to blossom into an NBA player.

However, Presti's priority will be to determine what athletic, combo guard to take with the team's first pick -- Bayless, O.J. Mayo or Gordon -- or perhaps trade down and pick up one of the solid point guards available around the 10 overall pick like UCLA's Russell Westbrook or Texas product D.J. Augustin.

The Sonics have a veteran who can run the show with Earl Watson returning. Watson put together one of his best years as a pro statistically, averaging 10.7 points, 6.8 assists and shooting 45.4 percent from the floor.

But the Sonics could use some more offensive explosiveness in the backcourt to help take some of the offensive scoring load off of Durant, and a player like Bayless, Mayo or Gordon will be another key piece for this rebuilding franchise.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT: Playing in perhaps the last home game at Seattle's KeyArena in Sonics history last Sunday, the Sonics put on a performance to remember in a 99-95 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Seattle rookie Kevin Durant hit the game winner, a 15-foot jumper from the elbow with under a minute left. Afterwards, Sonics fans stood chanting "Save Our Sonics" for two minutes. Durant said he almost cried after the game.

TURNING POINT: Seattle started the beginning of the season on an eight-game losing streak -- a foreshadowing of the miserable season to come as the Sonics lost a franchise-record 62 games.

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