In more recent years, July in the front office in Oklahoma City is a pretty dull month. A call here and there, but nothing drastic.
This July, that will(or should I say should) change.
The main conclusion from Sam Presti’s draft day decisions was that McGary is a long-term replacement for Nick Collison, who is aging and contracts expires in just a year. But that wasn’t necessarily a necessity for this Thunder team.
The Thunder need a shooting guard. With Thabo Sefolosha most likely gone, and Derek Fisher now coaching in New York, either the Thunder will need to trust young guys like Jeremy Lamb, or go out and sign a wing in free agency.
Financially, Oklahoma City isn’t in the best position to sign a marquee free agent of course. But, there not necessarily in a bad situation. The Thunder could use their mid-level exception on a veteran guy. Not to mention, Oklahoma City has an extra $6.5 million trade exception created in the Kevin Martin trade.
So, in reality, of course it would be nice to go after a guy like Chandler Parsons or Gordon Hayward. However, the Thunder aren’t in the position financially to do so with both most likely getting major deals. The ideal situation would be to pick up a veteran who is willing to take less money. Here are a few names:
Vince Carter: ESPNDallas.com reported that the Thunder had interest in the 37-year-old, along with the Heat, and Suns. However, the report always noted that there is a “strong mutual interest in Mavs return.” If Sam Presti could grab Carter, that would be a great pick-up. If age scares you a bit, the guy played in EVERY regular season game last year, and averaged 11.9 points a game. He made $3,180,000 last year, which the Thunder could afford. Do it, Sam.
Avery Bradley: I have always loved this guy’s game. Bradley is one of the best on-ball defenders in the league, and fun to watch. His offensive game is refined and he can shoot the ball. Although he is undersized, he makes up for it with his toughness and scrap. I would love the pick-up.
Rodney Stuckey: Last year in Detroit, he averaged 13.9 points a game, but wasn’t in the best situation. He is proven scorer in this league, and brings instant offense. Stuckey is on the more expensive side at $8,500,000, but maybe he will take less to win.
Richard Hamilton: Hamilton didn’t play at all last season, but don’t count him out. If he has anything left in the tank, the Thunder may go after him. He’s a high IQ, veteran guy.
Jodie Meeks: One of the ingredients in winning a championship is having shooters. There is always room on the floor for a shooter, and Meeks is a pure example of that. I would like the pick-up, as he will be able to spread the floor and hit shots when Durant/Westbrook attack.
Kirk Hinrich: Knowing Sam Presti, I don’t doubt that they are interested or at least have made a call or two for Hinrich. A veteran guy who is smart with the ball. I feel like he’s played for every team in the league besides the Thunder.
I hope Sam Presti makes a move in the near future. The Thunder could really use another weapon, and I’m sick of a boring off-season in Oklahoma City.