Is Jeff Green About To Be the Odd Man Out for the Oklahoma City Thunder?

May 6th, 2010 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Fresh off extending the defending champions to a tougher-than-expected six-game series in the first round of the playoffs, it’d be hard to fault the Oklahoma City Thunder for feeling satisfied with their accomplishments. 

After all, this same team that finished 50-32 this year ended last year 23-59.  That’s a 27 game differential from last year to this year: one of the greatest single season improvements in NBA history. 

With an expected $16 million in cap space this summer, OKC fans have even more of a reason to be optimistic.  With a bit of creative maneuvering, the Thunder could put themselves in a position to sign a max-contract free agent. 

Calling Chris Bosh?

Slight problem, though. That $16 million to spend sounds rosy now, and may have OKC fans clamoring for the Thunder to sign Bosh or another big man to help them get to the next level, but that cap space is more-or-less sleight of hand. 

Most of the Thunder’s main contributors, Kevin Durant, Jeff Green, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Eric Maynor, and Serge Ibaka, are all still playing on their set-scale rookie cont ...

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