Ever since the James Harden trade, the Oklahoma City Thunder front office has been under scrutiny by just about anyone.
Once the team that did nothing but make the right moves, now it looked as if they were headed in the complete other direction.
It isn’t just the Harden trade that is under scrutiny now either as OKC’s inability to sign a decent free agent this summer is also feeling like a big blunder.
It’s possible to appreciate Oklahoma City’s long-term vision while also bemoaning its inability to add a meaningful piece to a team that should be playing in June. Part of the “thud” or “whiff” feeling that permeates the Thunder’s offseason could simply be the expectations game rearing its ugly head: Presti set the bar so high in the years leading up to the Harden trade and he’s yet to execute a signature move in its aftermath. Come on, Merlin, make us some more magic!
I like the end of what Golliver says here. It’s because Presti and the Thunder did so many things right for so many years that we are now judging them so harshly. And any expectations of the Thunder hitting nothing but home runs in the draft and such are simply unrealistic.
The law of averages would predict that the Thunder will start making more wrong moves than right now. This could be a problem if you view the Thunder’s championship window as closed or closing.
My overall feeling about the Thunder and the moves they’ve made since the Harden trade, is that they decided against the sure thing (keeping Harden, figuring the rest out) and went for the long shot of trying to continue to develop young players to reach their potential and be competitive for the next decade.
The season is getting closer and this year we will really start getting a good idea of what the Thunder’s future may look like and just how bad or good these moves have been.