Hours before the start of NBA free agency late last month, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt was feeling pretty good about his city’s team, which already had superstars Russell Westbrook and Paul George under contract for next season.
Holt felt so good about the upcoming “quiet free agency” that he took to Twitter to write about it.
“If you ask me, a quiet free agency is a blessing when you’ve still got an MVP & an MVP finalist on your roster,” Holt tweeted, along with a photo of Westbrook and George high-fiving. “Presuming better health, a second full year to hone this dynamic, the return of [Andre] Roberson, plus renewed league parity, I like our squad just fine.”
If you ask me, a quiet free agency is a blessing when you’ve still got an MVP & an MVP finalist on your roster. Presuming better health, a second full year to hone this dynamic, the return of Roberson, plus renewed league parity, I like our squad just fine. #GoodToBeAThunder pic.twitter.com/zDiVf1j5YF— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) June 30, 2019
But it’s been anything but a quiet free agency for the Thunder, and that has required Holt to issue some follow-ups to his original tweet. The first came on July 6, the morning after a late-night trade sent George to the Clippers for Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a boat load of draft picks.
“Life comes at you fast,” Holt commented on a retweet of his first tweet.
Life wasn’t done coming at Holt and the rest of Thunder nation. On Thursday, Westbrook was dealt to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Chris Paul and even more draft picks, forcing Holt to retweet his earlier tweet one more time with a major amendment.
“Like I said, the return of Roberson,” Holt tweeted of the shooting guard who hasn’t played since January 2018 because of a knee injury and is the only one of the trio mentioned in Holt’s original tweet who’s still with the team.
Holt also had some very nice things to say about Paul and Westbrook on their way out of town.
First things first... I suppose we all have to get used to the NBA reality that stars are free agents even when they’re not. It is what it is.— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) July 6, 2019
As a person, PG was good to OKC (most notably, his generosity with the youth of our community). (1/3)
The team obviously moves into a new chapter, & PG may ultimately be our Herschel Walker (https://t.co/cBYJxRO5H7). In the meantime, I’m Thunder till I die & you cannot pummel out of me the gratitude I will always have that OKC gets to be a part of this wild ride. (3/3) #ThunderUp— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) July 6, 2019
In the days ahead, there will be much, much, much, much more to say about what Russell Westbrook has meant to OKC. I can’t even begin to process it all now. 💙💙💙— Mayor David Holt (@davidfholt) July 12, 2019
But for tonight... Holy cow, you can’t make this stuff up. We traded our greatest love for our first love. https://t.co/I1gE9DHFBT