Kevin Durant loves Oklahoma City and wanted to let the free agents this year know that too. Durant Tweeted this last night: Oklahoma City is a great spot to play basketball just in case FA’s forgot.
Durant deleted that Tweet a little bit later perhaps realizing better the situation that the Thunder are in right now.
Oklahoma City can’t really go after any free agents who are looking for anything more than close to minimum deals. That’s why the only name that we’ve heard come up with the Thunder so far is Hasheem Thabeet’s.
Durant forgot for a minute that OKC is trying to save as much money as possible so that they can extend James Harden, Serge Ibaka and possibly Eric Maynor this summer.
Keeping together the Thunder’s current core is not going to be an easy task for GM Sam Presti and company. Given the current landscape of the NBA, teams would be glad to offer Harden a max-deal and even Ibaka could get close to that.
The Thunder are either going to have to overpay Harden and Ibaka to keep them and have little money left over to build around them or convince them to really sacrifice some cash to stay in OKC.
Or the Thunder can pick between Harden and Ibaka and wait for the rest of the league to determine their value next summer.
Oklahoma City’s best chance to keep the two is to get them as soon as possible. They’re monetary value is only going to rise as time goes on. They’re young enough now too that they may be willing to take a little pay cut for a chance to stay in town and try and win a title with Durant and Westbrook.
So while the rest of the teams in the NBA are busy wooing free agents, the Thunder are simply trying to keep the core they have for as long as possible.