Fred Katz on Russell Westbrook’s contract negotiations: “The Oklahoma City Thunder have made it clear to Russell Westbrook they want him for the long haul. But they’re still waiting for official reciprocation. The Thunder offered Westbrook a five-year extension the moment free agency began July 1. “I wouldn’t say that one’s a negotiation,” OKC general manager Sam Presti joked.”
Jenni Carlson on why OKC is willing to go into the luxury tax: “The Thunder has gone into the luxury tax twice in its first nine seasons, $2.8 million in 2014-15, then again $14.5 million in 2015-16. That’s already a pretty significant percentage of seasons in the tax, especially for a small-market franchise, but it gets even more marked when you consider that in the 14 seasons with the luxury tax, the average team has gone into the tax 3.4 times. Thunder, two times in nine seasons. Average NBA team, 3.4 times in 14 seasons.”
Patrick Patterson and Raymond Felton were introduced yesterday: Here’s a link to the full press conference.