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News » Seattle Supersonics Roster Report 2008-06-18


Seattle Supersonics Roster Report 2008-06-18


Seattle Supersonics Roster Report 2008-06-18
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Kevin Durant. Facing the toughest defender each night and defenses geared toward stopping him, along with the uncertainty of where the team will play next season, the 19-year-old rookie still averaged 20 points a contest in his rookie season.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: Robert Swift. The young 7-footer played in only eight games for a total of 99 minutes this season, suffering a setback after returning for major reconstructive knee surgery on his right knee after adding forty pounds of bulk. Swift tore the meniscus in the same knee in February. He's a restricted free agent at the end of the season and needs to get healthy this summer.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: Francisco Elson, Robert Swift and Mickael Gelabale's contracts end at the end of the season. Elson is the only unrestricted free agent. Gelabale and Swift are restricted free agents. Adrian Griffin has a partially guaranteed contract for next season.

PLAYER NOTES:

--While working out in anticipation for next season in the Washington, D.C., area, forward Jeff Green is taking two history classes at Georgetown this summer and says he plans on completing a degree in English by 2010, fulfilling a promise to his mother, Felicia Akingube.

"School is important," he said. "And basketball is not forever."

Green said when he completes is degree he'll be the first one in his family to graduate from college.?

--Like Green, Kevin Durant also is attending classes this summer and working out at the University of Texas.

Durant was thought to have an outside chance of making this year's U.S. Olympic team, but with the team not having tryouts for the last two or three positions and just selecting the 12 players who will go to Beijing, Durant's chances of making the team are slim.?

--Center Robert Swift is recovering and working his way back from right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus that forced him to miss the last two months of the regular season. Swift is trying to rebound from a disappointing season in which he played in only eight games because of weight and stability issues after returning from a right knee construction surgery the previous season. Making matters worse, Swift will become a restricted free agent July 1. However, Swift will have little value on the open market because of the uncertainty of his knee and will likely re-sign with Seattle.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 18, 2008

 

 
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