The Oklahoma City Thunder traded for Tony Bradley and Austin Rivers in a move that sent George Hill to the Philadelphia 76ers at Thursday’s NBA Trade Deadline. On Friday, we found out from OKC head man Mark Daigneault that at the time neither player had reported to Oklahoma City.
It was announced prior to tip-off of the game against the Celtics, that Tony Bradley will join the team at some point. He is currently in OKC and going through the next steps of joining the squad. However, Austin Rivers has still yet to report and is currently working on the “next steps” for him with Thunder GM Sam Presti.
Just as I wrote when the news first happened the “next steps” comment was an accurate blanket statement for both players, the pair just had different next steps.
After shutting down Al Horford for the rest of the season, the Thunder adds yet another young big to fill minutes prior to the season’s end. The former first-round pick, Tony Bradley, is just 23 years old.
The 23-year-old who is months away from being an RFA is capable of big nights, so big that it allows Sixers star center Joel Embiid to joke about Philly building around Bradley instead. However, the overall numbers are not eye-popping. The UNC product averages just four and four in his career, five and five this season while filling in admirably for Embiid who went down with a long-term injury to start the second half of the year.
Bradley has a career-high of 18-points, which took place this season, as did his new career-high in rebounds (15), assists (4), and blocks (3).
The team will get an extended look at the Florida native in this season now that Al Horford will be sidelined, and Mike Muscala has seen his role reduced to DNP-CD’s night in and night out.
While Moses Brown will continue to be the starting center for Oklahoma City this season, Tony Bradley will see his minutes per game leap within this OKC rotation.
The timeline on when Tony Bradley will join the team is still up in the air. The Thunder’s next game comes Monday against the Dallas Mavericks.