Kevin Martin has left the Thunder and signed with the Timberwolves.
In order for Sam Presti to have kept Martin, one of two things would have needed to happened:
1) Martin would want to stay to make a title run, and takes less money to win, for something around $3 million per year.
2) Oklahoma City thinks Martin is really important to this team and wants to keep them anyway possible. So they offer Martin a three year contract for around $20 million.
Obviously, those things didn’t happen.
At the end of the day, this is not the end of the world. Even though he came off the bench and averaged 14 points per game last year, he wasn’t the type of guy Brooks wanted him to be when he came to Oklahoma City. While being very efficient, he lacks talent on the defensive end, and is extremely inconsistent.
Now that the Thunder don’t have #23 in Oklahoma City, here are some options for Sam Presti.
A) Have trust in Jeremy Lamb
The lost and underrated part in the James Harden trade was the acquisition of Jeremy Lamb. Out of college, Lamb was highly rated and many wanted to see what he could do in the NBA. Last year, Lamb didn’t get his chance and spent a majority of the year in Tulsa. While in Tulsa, Lamb got better and absolutely dominated the competition. I wouldn’t mind seeing Lamb being inserted into the rotation and play with Jackson off the bench.
B) Go out and sign a veteran
With the Thunder wanting to stay under the luxury, the best way to do this would be to get this cheapest guy possible. A veteran such as Francisco Garcia (Thunder killer), Stephen Jackson, Jerry Stackhouse or Sam Young wouldn’t be a bad option.
C) Try to land a solid role player
Reports of the Thunder trying to acquire Dorell Wright have been swirling around the league. Other guys Oklahoma City could go after would be Kyle Korver or Dahntay Jones.