What's Next For The Thunder?


Tuesday, July 5th 2016, 11:28 am
By: News 9


Thunder fans still in shock a day after Kevin Durant announced he's leaving the for the Golden State Warriors. So now the question is what does the future look like for the team?

It really is a new beginning for the Thunder, and General Manager Sam Presti in a press conference held Monday night said it's time to embrace that even though it's disappointing Kevin Durant chose to leave.

Presti said the organization now has to focus on making good decisions on who to bring to the team rather than being impulsive.

The other big issue -- Russell Westbrook, who hasn't said anything publicly about KD's departure for Golden State, also becomes a free agent next year. So does he stay long term? Could he be traded?

The only thing we've heard from him on the day of the announcement was a photo of cupcakes on July 4.

“You can't replace him but we are fortunate we've prepared ourselves in the event that this is something that could take place," Presti said.

We saw last month what trading Serge Ibaka to Orlando brought three great players including Victor Oladipo. We also know with KD leaving, it does free up some cap space -- anywhere from seven million to 23 million. But despite a lot of money the free agent market isn't what it was a few days ago so it remains to be seen which faces we will see above the doors here at Chesapeake Arena.