When you were a kid, you were one of two ways when it came to money. You either spent it as soon as you got it on crap or you waited and saved for something good. Every kid was that way. You found a dollar? Let’s blow it on baseball cards. Or maybe you’ll save for a baseball glove. It was pretty much one or the other. And I think NBA general managers are the exact same way.
Some get a little cap room and can’t wait to blow it on some “big name” free agent. Doesn’t matter who’s out there or what could come available, if money is in the pocket, it’s getting spent. Others get some cap room, take a look at the options and just say pass. And obviously, it appears Sam Presti is the kid putting the dollar in his pocket. But with something like $10 million in cap room and free agents still out there, some folks are wondering why Oklahoma City isn’t getting into the game. Why isn’t OKC going after Lamar Odom? Why didn’t the Thunder press harder for Paul Millsap? What about guys like David Lee and Ramon Sessions? Why is Presti holding his cards?
It’s simple: Because he’s freaking smart.
If there’s one thing that sets a franchise back, it’s frivolous spending. Five years, $53 million for 30-year-old Hedo Turkoglu? Five years, $55 million for Ben Gordon? Four years, $20 million for Jarrett Jack? The full mid-level exception for Marcin Gortat? Those type of signings are so hit and miss that they’re almost not worth it. Sure they could improve your squad, but is the risk worth the reward? And when you’re running a low risk, high reward franchise like Presti, it’s easier to pass on those deals than you think. There is no sense in spending money just because you have it. Other teams can do that. Presti and the Thunder can’t. Keep Reading…