If you peek down one road as far as you can, to where it bends in the undergrowth, you’ll see signs of an arms race. Fully-loaded teams are reaching for even more talent, as if the Cavaliers need a Jimmy Butler or the Spurs a Chris Paul or Kyle Lowry. Down the other path, you’ll find franchises diving head-first into the tank, hoarding a revolving door of assets. Picks are traded for more picks, traded for future picks, as if someday they might actually materialize into flesh-and-blood basketball players.
One road leads to competing with the Warriors, the other to avoiding them.
There stands the Oklahoma City Thunder, peering down each lane, hesitant to commit to stepping in either direction.
Which way should they go?
Kevin Durant will sign with Golden State, he writes on the Players Tribune.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 4, 2016