At PBT, the good fellas there are running through a series looking at what each team needs to focus on when the lockout finally ends. Today’s Oklahoma City’s turn and they asked for my thoughts on it. Here’s what I sent in.
The answer most everyone is probably thinking for the Thunder is, “Get Westbrook and Durant to play well together.” But here’s the thing: They already do. They didn’t win 55 games and come within two fourth quarters of the NBA Finals by playing bad together. Do they need to improve? Definitely. Good thing they’re both just 22 years old.
First order of business for Sam Presti and the Thunder is to take care of Westbrook though. No, not by trading him. Or by lecturing him on how to pass the ball to Durant. Or by changing his position. The Thunder have to get him paid. Westbrook is eligible for an extension and despite all the noise and chatter, he’s still absolutely a major part of the team’s future. Locking up Westbrook is priority No. 1.
Other than that, there aren’t a ton of major roster moves for the Thunder to make. They extended a qualifying offer to Daequan Cook so potentially matching an offer could be on the docket. They already re-signed backup center Nazr Mohammed, so that’s handled. Kendrick Perkins got an extension during the season, so no worries there. Really, the Thunder’s roster is virtually set. Especially in terms of the rotation. Sure, I guess there’s always room to improve, but the idea for that in the Thunder is organic progression. Not by making a free agency splash. Because even if they were to target someone, where would he play? The rotation one through nine is set. Keep Reading…