In all truth, the Thunder’s 2011-12 roster will look almost identical to the 2010-11 one that went to the Western Conference Finals. Most of the moving and shaking was decided at the trade deadline when Sam Presti dealt the big question mark in Jeff Green to Boston and then promptly signed Kendrick Perkins to an extension.
Still, there are a few things up in the air. For one, the draft. But we’ll get to that later. In terms of free agency, the Thunder likely won’t be all that active, despite having somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million in cap space. Of course that depends entirely on the new collective bargaining agreement.
(In fact, just let this be a disclaimer for this whole post: It all depends on the new CBA. You know, what the cap will look like, player salaries, if there’s even a season — that stuff.)
The Thunder have about $49.5 million committed in salary next season. (Here’s where Nick Collison’s extension starts looking so stinking beautiful. Just $3.2 million next year.) Twelve players are under contract for next season. Every important core piece is in place, so really for Presti, it’s about filling in the cracks a little. Keep Reading…