Usually, Sam Presti and the Thunder front office have a pretty boring and dull offseason. A small move here and there, but no drastic, big-time signing. This year, that will change.
There are a few questions that have to be answered in the offseason: What’s the deal with Reggie Jackson? Who is going to start at shooting guard? Who is going to be the back-up point guard? What is the missing piece?
I am going to go ahead and put an “X” on Sefolosha’s name on the roster. After the disappointing season he had and his contract expiring, I don’t see the incentives in bring Thabo back. His production on the floor wasn’t great at all, he didn’t do a great job playing his role (defending/hitting open jumpers), and the Thunder flat out have guys who can produce more than Sefolosha.
So now what? Who’s going to start at shooting guard?
Well, that’s a good question. The Thunder have multiple options. A) Put trust into Andre Roberson and hope he can play a Thabo-like role. B) Start Jeremy Lamb C) Move Reggie Jackson into the starting line-up and find a guy to replace Jackson off the bench.
If the Thunder do in fact move Jackson into the starting line-up (very likely), Presti would have to find a back-up point guard with Fisher most likely retiring. Some players who are free agents include Nate Robinson(!!), Devin Harris, Ramon Sessions, Aaron Brooks, or even a guy like Beno Udrih or Jordan Farmar. All of those guys are unrestricted free agents, but would not get significant contracts. Shooting guard wise, Vine Carter, C.J. Miles, Shawn Marion and Trevor Ariza are all on the market. Will they take less money to win a championship? That’s the question.
Assuming Kendrick Perkins will be back, Oklahoma City could still use another big man long-term. The solution to this would probably come from the draft and that 21st pick. Adrien Payne or most likely Kristaps Porzingis are guys that Sam Presti could go with. Nick Collison has only one more year on his deal, so drafting a big man would be a good idea.
As I watched Game 1 of the NBA Finals Thursday night, the number one thing that popped into my head was the fact that both teams had shooters. San Antonio has guys in Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, and Manu Ginobili that can all bury threes at clutch moments. Miami is the same way with Ray Allen, Rashard Lewis, and Shane Battier. If you look up and down the Thunder’s roster this year, it’s tough to find guys who can bury threes consistently. Caron Butler? Ehh. Jeremy Lamb? Didn’t get enough time. A shooter would help spread the floor for Durant and Westbrook, and be a big plus for Oklahoma City.
The good news is that the Thunder have options. They have young guys like Jamb, Jones III, Roberson, and even Jerrett who could play if needed. If not, the Thunder have the money to go out and get someone to fill the shooting guard or back-up point guard spot. Probably the best news is that the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder is Sam Presti. So, there is no reason to be concerned.