Trade chatter surrounding Shai Gilgeous-Alexander not going away?

The rumblings about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander possibly being on the move won’t be going away anytime soon. Not only is the fifth-year guard playing at the kind of All-Star level that is sure to draw interest from most of the league, but the prospect of the Thunder (4-7) having one of the league’s worst records for a third consecutive season remains a very real possibility after No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren went down with a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his right foot in the summer. “You keep hearing that Shai is frustrated with the losing, and so I think that’s the Toronto thing that we’ve all heard about with their interest in Shai this summer,” front-office executive No. 4 said. “But how far do (the Thunder) want to push this (tanking effort)?”
Source: Sam Amick @ The Athletic

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with a season-high 39 points last night. Now 5th in the NBA at 31.6 PPG behind only Luka, Steph, Mitchell and Giannis.
SGA is #1 on drives per game with 24.8. Completely unstoppable. Elite stop and go. Hesitations. Touch with either hand. SGA has it all. pic.twitter.com/JQsqVYzmeO1:10 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
If SGA is frustrated with losing, why would he want to go to the Knicks? Lmao – 12:51 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA, Josh Giddey, Jaylin Williams & Lindy Waters III talk about the Thunder’s 2022-23 city edition uniforms:
pic.twitter.com/XUuk7yHe8G10:40 AM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Some Thunder players — including SGA & Josh Giddey — posing in the new City Edition uniforms pic.twitter.com/jS5pyggIsN10:22 AM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
Nov. 10 RPR MVP (min 10 games)
1. Kevin Durant: 17.5
2. Luka Doncic: 16.7
3. Jayson Tatum: 15.9
4. Lauri Markkanen: 14.2
5. Donovan Mitchell: 14.2
6. Devin Booker: 14.0
7. DeMar DeRozan: 13.8
8. Nikola Jokic: 13.2
9. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: 13.2
10. Stephen Curry: 12.7 pic.twitter.com/AYAJzGXqzA10:05 AM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
New Locked on #Thunder Podcast:
🏀 Shai Gilgeous-Alexander drops 39
🏀 Josh Giddey gets a groove
🏀 Mark Daigneault will not stop coaching
🏀 Aleksej Pokusevski continues to impress
#ThunderUp #FirstListen:
https://t.co/mMkaoVM4fY pic.twitter.com/BmMxQCiAqs3:39 AM

StatMuse @statmuse
Most 30-point games in a loss in the last 2 seasons:
21 — LeBron
20 — Shai pic.twitter.com/Fv81ijQFW912:26 AM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA: “As much as this sucks, it’s just one game.” – 11:50 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on what he tells his teammates after a game like this “that we have 71 games left.” – 11:50 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA on his stepback 3 in OT1: “I tried to not get too high on the shot.” – 11:49 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
This Shai Gilgeous-Alexander retro falcons jersey says Readymade on the back nameplate. It appears to be 590 bucks according to this link. Shai continues to have all the drip. https://t.co/IxmzQSCIsU pic.twitter.com/pi9RjCwI3N11:49 PM

Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Tre Mann said he knew SGA was making the shot at the end of the first OT. Mann said he could see it in SGA’s eyes. Called it “winning time.” – 11:41 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Tre Mann on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s would’ve been game winner with .6 seconds left “I knew he was going to make it.” He mentioned SGA gets this “look in his eyes” in moments like that. – 11:41 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Tre Mann on SGA’s stepback 3 at the end of OT1: “I knew he was gonna make it… When games come down to that, I just look at him and he’s got that look in his eyes.” – 11:41 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
When asked about some clutch possessions tonight not going to SGA, Mark Daigneault said he’s had conversations with him on not wanting the team to be a one-trick pony in those situations – 11:34 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Mark Daigneault: “The list is pretty long why Shai is a pretty special person and player.” – 11:33 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Great night for the young Thunder core despite the heartbreaking loss.
Giddey
18 PTS
15 RBD (!)
6 AST
Dort
12 PTS
4 STL
Poku
17 PTS
9 RBD
2 STL
2 BLK
4-7 from 3
Mann
21 PTS
5-9 from 3
SGA
39 PTS
5 RBD
5 AST
2 BLK
1 should’ve been game winner – 11:13 PM
Stephen Noh @StephNoh
39 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 blocks for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tonight. He’s an All-Star if voting happened today.
sportingnews.com/us/nba/news/sh… – 11:11 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
FINAL (2OT): Bucks 136, Thunder 132
SGA – 39p
Giddey – 18p, 15r
Mann – 21p
Poku – 17p, 9r
Dort – 12p
Carter – 36p
Lopez – 24p, 13r
Grayson – 18p
Beauchamp – 19p
OKC falls to 4-7 in the season – 11:08 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Shai in double OT:
39 PTS
5 AST
5 AST
2 BLK
Averaging 31.6 points this season. pic.twitter.com/GQsitOLU7Q11:07 PM

Royce Young @royceyoung
Shai deserved that game-winner. – 11:06 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
OKC fans and NBA twitter should all be celebrating SGA’s game winner but a *questionable* foul call with .2 seconds left results in OKC’s 4th straight loss instead.
Such a bummer for Shai. – 11:06 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Coaches challenge is unsuccessful and no continuation for SGA on his and-one
The ultimate compromise – 10:56 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
AND NOW WE HAVE A REVIEW!
Budenholzer challenging the blocking call against George Hill. There was a pretty serious bump by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but I’m not sure he extended his arm. – 10:54 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Here comes the call of the game.
Milwaukee is challenging that Shai and-1, looking for an offensive foul. It would take the bucket and a potential free throw off the board, and it would send Shai to the bench with six fouls. – 10:53 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
The #Bucks vets convince Mike Budenholzer to review that continuation for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Currently, it is 132-130 Milwaukee with 18.6 seconds left in the second overtime. – 10:53 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
HUGE Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and one keeps this a ball game. The Bucks will challenge this should to see if Shai should’ve been awarded continuation – 10:53 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jevon Carter both playing with 5 fouls in this second overtime and both have over 30 points. – 10:45 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA huge clutch 3 to give OKC the lead with .6 seconds left.
Bucks with a *friendly* whistle to give Brook Lopez 2 free throws.
Lopez misses the first.
Double OT.
Loud City gets an assist for that Lopez miss. – 10:45 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
SGA hits a timely step back 3 and the crowd goes crazy
pic.twitter.com/NT6SlpJD2410:43 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
So yeah, SGA can still shoot 3s. – 10:43 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Get Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the All Star game yesterday. – 10:41 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That is a clutch shot by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Wow.
Stepback triple and the Thunder lead, 126-125, with .6 seconds left in overtime. – 10:40 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hits a step-back three. Heck of a shot over Wesley Matthews. #Thunder lead 126-125 with six-tenths of a second left in OKC. – 10:39 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
SGA! What a shot! – 10:39 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finally got a 3! A step back! OKC LEADS! – 10:39 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Mark Daigneault was trying for the timeout the entire time the ball was in the ring, wasn’t awarded it until the ball was inbounded after Shai pointed to mark and Mark was already at half court. OKC will not get the advancement they deserve. – 10:35 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA with loud MVP chants from the OKC crowd once again.
Nails both free throws and gives OKC the OT lead. – 10:33 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
MVP chants for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander at the free throw line again as he breaks the tie. OKC leads with 1:45 to go by 2. – 10:33 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
I’ve seen a couple of possessions now in the clutch where SGA is asking for the ball and simply doesn’t get it – 10:32 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander picks up his fifth foul in OT. 2:49 left OKC down two. – 10:30 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Daigneault sticking with the SGA/Giddey/Mann/Dort/Poku lineup in OT. – 10:29 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Overtime Thunder starters
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Josh Giddey
Lu Dort
Aleksej Pokusevski
Tre Mann – 10:28 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Tough. You need Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to take the last shot there. Bucks ball, tie game, ten seconds left after this timeout. – 10:23 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA has 30+ points in 7 of 10 games. – 10:13 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander rejects the screen, splits two defenders at the rim for a tough finish. Just special. – 10:13 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA with his first made three in two weeks. He’s up to 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting. – 10:12 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
OKC down ten with five minutes left the lineup:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Tre Mann
Lu Dort
Josh Giddey
Aleksej Pokusevski – 10:04 PM
Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
The NBA All-Stars right now if determined by Game Score.
WEST
Doncic, Curry, SGA, Jokic, Dame, Morant, AD, Booker, Fox, Towns, Markkanen (!!!), LeBron
EAST
Giannis, Tatum, Durant, Mitchell, Embiid, Siakam, Harden, Haliburton, Trae, Dejounte, Butler, Kyrie pic.twitter.com/Bve41q3gmm10:04 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
87-87 at the ten minute mark with no Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the floor. This is where someone has to step up and allow OKC to survive the non-SGA minutes. Let’s see who it will be. – 9:49 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
End of the 3Q: Thunder 87, Bucks 84
SGA w/ 19p
Poku w/ 14p, 6r, 2b
Mann w/ 13p
Carter w/ 28p
Allen w/ 12p – 9:45 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
SGA has officially hit that next level when it’s the middle of the 3rd quarter and you’re confused why he doesn’t have 20 points yet. – 9:38 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
That was a fun pick by Jevon Carter.
You could see him waiting for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to put the ball in his right hand on that snake dribble. Waited for his moment and poked it away.
Portis to Carter to Beauchamp = a dunk for the rook. – 9:34 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Bobby Portis baits Shai Gilgeous-Alexander into his fourth personal foul with just under 9 minutes left in the third quarter on the block. #Bucks lead 68-64. – 9:28 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
SGA just picked up his fourth foul. Still nine minutes to play in the third. – 9:28 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Poku is OKC’s leading scorer (tied with SGA), rebounder, stealer (tied with Dort) and shot blocker at the half. – 9:09 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
HALF: Thunder 55, Bucks 55
SGA w/ 11 points
Poku w/ 11 points and 3 blocks
Grayson Allen & Jevon Carter w/ a combined 33 points on 13/20 shooting – 9:09 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
27-27 after one quarter of play, Isaiah Joe played his end of the quarter 55 seconds and played lock down defense to keep it this way. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander leads the team with 8 points, Poku has 7, and Lu Dort has 6. – 8:38 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
After the 1Q: Thunder 27, Bucks 27
SGA w/ 8 pts
Poku w/ 7 pts
Jevon Carter w/ 12 pts
Grayson Allen w/ 10 pts
10 players have already checked in for the Thunder in this game – 8:37 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander gets a huge block, goes coast to coast for a tough finish OKC back within two. – 8:31 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Now it’s Bobby Portis’ turn to inflict pain on SGA with an accidental elbow to the face – 8:19 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Grayson Allen, booed heavy in intros, lands on SGA on a drive attempt and gets a Loud City encore of boo’s. – 8:13 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Hard collision between SGA & Grayson Allen leads to both players on the floor in pain
SGA gets up after a while to thunderous applause while Allen gets boo’d heavily while still on the ground – 8:13 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Scary fall there from SGA. Initial reaction looked really bad, but he appears to be fine. – 8:13 PM
Jim Owczarski @JimOwczarski
Big collision and Grayson Allen and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander both fall in heaps. Allen’s right arm got bent oddly upon hitting the floor but he appears to be OK. – 8:13 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is down in pain under the basket. – 8:12 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander already has a tough rim finish under his belt. – 8:11 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Poku is back in the starting lineup tonight. SGA, Giddey, Dort and JRE rounding things out. – 8:01 PM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
#Thunder starters:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Josh Giddey
Lu Dort
Aleksej Pokusevski
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl – 7:53 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Thunder starting lineup:
SGA
Giddey
Dort
Poku
JRE
Bucks starting lineup:
J. Carter
G. Allen
Beauchamp
Portis
Lopez – 7:53 PM
Joe Mussatto @joe_mussatto
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hasn’t made a three in his last five games. He’s only attempted six threes in that stretch.
It’s hard to question what SGA is doing offensively, but Mark Daigneault was asked if he’d like to see SGA mix in a few more threes: pic.twitter.com/bhDRyzmMQ27:27 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Mark Daigneault’s full answer on if he’d like SGA to take more 3PAs
In his last 3 games, SGA has taken 1 total 3PA. In the season, he’s taken 23 3PAs in 9 games pic.twitter.com/79fnMoAcU27:04 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Aleksej Pokusevski are out here for warm ups pregame. pic.twitter.com/Xovuj2gFWJ6:37 PM

Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Mark Daigneault on Jevon Carter: “He’s a dog in the backcourt… He did as good of a job as anybody’s done this season on Shai (last game).” – 6:29 PM
Clemente Almanza @CAlmanza1007
Per the Thunder:
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is connecting on 11.6 field goals per game this season, the second-highest mark in the league – 5:51 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander:
2021/22 — 2022/23 —
24.5 PPG 30.8 PPG
1.3 SPG 2.1 SPG
0.8 BPG 1.4 BPG
45.3 FG% 53.9 FG%
Leading the Thunder in PPG, APG, SPG and BPG. pic.twitter.com/54G8R6N8gk4:17 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Giannis and Jrue Holiday are both out tonight vs OKC.
Gonna go ahead and get an “SGA scores 30 again” tweet ready in the drafts. – 2:20 PM

More on this storyline

Brandon Rahbar: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander says he wasn’t affected by any questionable ref calls: “They’re humans like us and make mistakes. They make a lot of right calls too.” -via Twitter @BrandonRahbar / November 10, 2022
Mike Curtis: Dwane Casey says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is playing with “supreme confidence.”: “He has a great command of the ball. He’s one of the toughest guards in our league.” -via Twitter @MikeACurtis2 / November 7, 2022
Joe Mussatto: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 30.5 points, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. From Thunder notes: Dwyane Wade (2008-09) and Michael Jordan (three times) are the only players to average 30 points, two steals and one block for a full season. -via Twitter @joe_mussatto / November 7, 2022

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