It’s deadline time and while we’re all wasting hours at work putting together incredible four-team deals on the trade machine, nothing is probably happening for Oklahoma City Thursday. Maybe something small, but for the most part, I expect the Thunder to ride out the existing roster to the summer.
The front office has built this team with a mind to let a young group of players learn, grow and develop together. And that’s what is happening. The fact that the process sped up last season with the team winning 50 games has increased a lot of fan’s eagerness to try and win now. And while Sam Presti and the Thunder decision makers definitely want to put a team on the floor that can win a championship, they also aren’t willing to jeopardize the future to do it. That’s always been the mantra since day one of the Presti administration.
The Thunder’s calling people. They’re talking deals. They’ve inquired about a number of big men around the league. But mostly of that is just conversation. Something could materialize, but OKC is perfectly fine in seeing what the current group can do this year if that no-brainer trade doesn’t present itself. You may not like it, but you’re not in charge. So deal with it.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take inventory. It’s asset ranking time. (Here’s last year’s if you want to compare how things have changed.) Keep Reading…