Bryan Gutierrez and I have tossed emails back and forth going over various things about the Thunder. We thought it might interest some folks to read what we’re thinking, so here we go.
BG: I keep meaning to email you but I forget. Do you remember Zach Lowe’s prediction piece? If so, what did you think about his ones relating to the Thunder?
JH: Yeah I think you mean this one?
BG: Yup, that’s the one.
JH: I agree with him on Durant taking a 1+1 deal. It makes all the sense. I really expect 2016-17 to be the “make or break” season for OKC, not this season as many think.
BG: I figured that was the proper line of thinking for Durant. Having next year be the determining factor certainly makes their end result this season and the results of the summer incredibly important. A first-round exit and not much in terms of adding on to the roster could certainly piss him off.
JH: As the season wears on I also think the Thunder will have to make another deal and shore up some areas of concern. OKC has the parts to make a good deal or two. I don’t think Cam Payne can be had, but lots of other pieces could be moved in the right deal. Keep Reading…