Thunder rank within top-5 of enviable category ahead of offseason

Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

Recent chatter surrounding the OKC Thunder has been concerning the self-proclaimed miss that President Sam Presti made with the Gordon Hayward acquisition this past campaign, but this summer presents the opportunity for him to hit on some major moves to right this midseason wrong.

According to Spotrac's Keith Smith's latest calculations, Oklahoma City is slated to have $35.3 million in cap space this offseason which, compared to the rest of the league, ranks in as the fifth-most in 2024.

OKC Thunder boast fifth-most cap space in 2024 NBA offseason

Despite having just claimed the number one seed in the Western Conference standings in 2023-24 and winning their first playoff series since the Kevin Durant era, it's more than evident that the Thunder have numerous holes and weaknesses within their rotation that need to be addressed.

This summer, OKC will be looking to bolster their arsenal and strengthen their odds of claiming their first-ever championship, and properly utilizing their extensive amount of salary space is a way to accomplish such goals.

What's exciting about their current financial situation is the fact that they could opt to splurge on the open market of this year's free agency class, which is headlined by big-name superstars like LeBron James, Pascal Siakam, and Paul George and fleshed out by highly intriguing role players like Isaiah Hartenstein and Nicolas Claxton, both of whom have already been tabbed as potential targets for the Thunder.

With the way things played out this season, it's more than apparent that Oklahoma City is on the verge of accomplishing truly special things, and using their $35.3 million in salary space wisely will only strengthen their claim as a legitimate title favorite next year.