Rather than bore you with a number and CBA terminology-laden article that would put you to sleep faster than a Golden State playoff game, allow me to present a little Q&A. Here are a few general questions I keep getting, so hopefully these answers are somewhat helpful.
Q: Can the Thunder sign Blake Griffin/Gordon Hayward/Insert Name of Superstar Player this summer?
A: First question, huh?
Not really. As of this writing, the Thunder have $110M in salary cap commitments next season. That doesn’t count an additional $2.8M in potential guarantees to Jerami Grant and Semaj Christon. The salary cap is expected to arrive at around $101M. The maximum salary for a superstar with 7-9 years of experience will be right around $30 million. Such a player would have to be willing to take a substantial (and unheard-of) pay cut to sign with Oklahoma City.