Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s unspoken message to OKC after massive Thunder extension
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is now officially the Oklahoma City Thunder’s franchise player. After signing a massive five-year, $172 million rookie max extension, his place in OKC’s future plan feels all but unquestioned.
The Thunder guard took to Instagram to send a subtle, yet obscenely sweet message to Oklahoma City after locking in his deal long-term. But while he did provide a 4-word caption, it was the location he put on the IG post that spoke volumes to OKC’s fans and hit many right in the feels.
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was the subject of a handful of trade rumors in the lead up to the NBA Draft. From rumblings about a Cade Cunningham swap, to potentially landing in Cleveland for the 3rd overall pick, SGA’s future in OKC was the subject of contention in recent weeks.
But it all seems ridiculous now in hindsight. SGA has been spectacular in two seasons with the Thunder. He averaged 19.1 points and 5.9 rebounds while learning under the tutelage of Chris Paul in Year 1. Then followed that up with an even better 23.7 points and 5.9 assists as the top dog with CP3 heading to the Phoenix Suns.
The Oklahoma City Thunder have their franchise star and the biggest war chest of assets the NBA has probably ever seen. The future is bright in OKC.