Thunder Notebook: Could OKC Really Be a Free Agency Player Next Offseason?

October 3rd, 2016 by Jon Hamm Leave a reply »

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thunder general manager Sam Presti built a team capable of competing for an NBA championship, but Kevin Durant took its title hopes with him to Golden State this summer.

Getting back to that point will be an arduous task. How OKC might do it is an impossible question. 

Do the young Thunder have enough room to grow and fill the massive void left behind? Or will Presti need to maintain flexibility in order to add pieces through free agency?

Presti’s vision for the post-Durant Thunder is still a work in progress, but decisions over the next month should reveal what he has planned for next summer and beyond.

The deadline for extending the rookie-scale contracts of 2013's draft class is October 31. The Thunder have three eligible members of that class: Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams and Andre Roberson.

Presti has been aggressive when faced with such opportunities in the past. This year, he has reason to reconsider. Take a wait-and-see approach, and he could position the Thunder to b ...

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