is it possible for the thunder?
i brought this up a couple months ago, but nobody responded, but i'm curious.
what if the thunder next year let kevin martin walk and used their amnesty on kendrick perkins (as was the popular topic in the off season for harden) this would no doubt give jeremy lamb more playing time who has done well in the nbdl. the bigger picture though, could they offer a contract to an al jefferson or andrew bynum in the off season? would it be enough cap? even if they couldn't get either one of those players though, chris kaman could be a cheaper option. i just believe that other than playing a limited enforcer role on the team, perkins is pretty useless. perkins has toughness, but any of those players would be an upgrade in their lineup imo. does anyone know if this is even financially possible? i think adding one of them could make okc a more clearer favorite on paper. of course on paper doesn't always tell the story, ask the lakers, but maybe it would be worth doing if it's possible. losing harden hurt a bit and that could bring them back.
It is possible, but they will not do it. MArtin is a perfect fit in OKC and I think they will hold onto him. As for Perkins they would amnesty if there was a good reason too, however there isn't one so why bother.
so, just wondering, do you believe jeremy lamb wouldn't cut it as a replacement for martin?( i think lamb would be a similar asset to martin.) do you believe perkins helps the team more than say al jefferson would? an inside presence on offense could make up a little for the play making ability they lost by losing harden imo. wouldn't that give them a better title shot? as it is the heat are better than last year and although the thunder are still good, they are not clearly better than san antonio or denver or even the clippers or grizzlies when those teams are playing well. a better contention for the title is a pretty good reason to amnesty a player if they believe they can win it. (i think they could)
The thing is, the Thunder don't need more offense so why waste money like that? They still made the Finals last season with Perkins and they are still the 3rd best team in the league with Perkins.
Lamb would be a great replacement but he's still a kid, I mean he's only 20. It's not often a 20 year old becomes the starting shooting guard and 3rd option offensively on a championship caliber team. Maybe when he's 23-24 he'll be ready, but not now.
Plus, the only reason they'd get rid of Perkins and Martin is to save money so paying Al Jefferson wouldn't solve that issue.
Their bench is already good but signing Al Jefferson would mean they wouldn't be able to pay guys like Collison, Sefolosha, Brewer, and Jackson. Suddenly a nice bench turns into nothing if they get rid of Perkins and Martin and moving Lamb as the starter.
If it ain't broken...
i see what you are saying, but it's not exactly complete either. can they do any moves to make us believe they are better than the heat? that's their challenge. of the players you mentioned, only sefolosha is a free agent within the next two summers and he isn't one for two seasons. doubt he will demand a ton of money either. if jefferson isn't the answer, what can they do? or are the heat the modern day bull dynasty in the making?
Yes to your final question
All they need is someone down in the post that rebounds and defends. A guy like Tyson Chandler, not him exactly but a player of that mold. (Crazy to think he was nearly a member of the Thunder a few years ago).
Durant and Westbrook take about 40-50 shots combined, having a guy like Al Jefferson that plays a slow, half-court style that needs 15 shots a game just doesn't mesh with their up-tempo offense.
That's why they don't need a big man that plays in the post, he will command too many shots and will slow down the offense. There's a reason the Jazz, Lakers, and Grizzlies all play at a slow pace, it's because they have a big-man that has to be fed down in the post.
The Thunder are built to run, jump, and pour on the points as fast as possible. They're not built to slow down games.
If they can find a big man that can defend and rebound, they'll be fine after they amnesty Perkins. Thabeet might grow into that player if he puts the work in.
I believe they will draft a centre for their late lotto pick this upcoming draft. Perkins will help groom this rookie. Perkins is liked by his teammates. He sets screens and does the dirty work.
I have said if before but i think maybe they could look at getting Bargnani for a bit of extra scoring off the bench. Ibaka, Perkins, Thabeet and Collison aren't really highly effective on the offensive end.
It's most likely going to be an 8-12 range pick but I would think the perfect fit for them in the draft would be Alex Len if he comes out.
Well ,Bynum isn't worth the risk tbh with his injuries,if he was healthy then may be the answer is yes but if he was healthy he would be out of their price range ,Pekovic is RFA so again they won't be able to get him .So if they let Martin go and amnesty Perkins,It is all about Al Jefferson
To say that Jefferson & Lamb woth letting your starting C and your 3rd scoring option is tough ,but I won't rule the possibilty out yet
while the FA is just 3 months away and for the lottery teams that is close ,it is still very long time for a team like OKC
How are they gonna play against tough western conference team? and how is Martin gonna do in the play offs ? If they are out b4 the Western Finals or even w/o playing the finals that season could be a disappointment for them and they might take some risks to improve
Also how is this draft gonna play out is a key for them ,if the Raptors pick ended being the 8th-9th ,they also have their own pick ,Mavs pick (top 20 protected till 2017) ,Charlotte 2nd round pick(will be 31st pick ) ,some young players like Perry Jones .they can use them to move up in the draft if they found some one they like ,specially with no clear sure thing I think many teams might think about trading down ,so they might get a skilled big man like Bennet or Zeller ,or may be another good shooting Sg like Mclmore or Shabazz .we all know that Presti is good in finding talents in the draft
I think our best solution would be to draft either Len or Cauley-Stein. Simple as that. We need to try and keep Martin until Lamb is ready to step in
Al Jefferson would probably want more than they were prepared to pay James Harden, so I don't see that working. They could look at Bynum if he had to take a cut price deal but I figure that a team with more cap space will probably snap him up.
I'd assume they would like to keep Kevin Martin but if he wanted too much money then that could be an issue. Aran's latest mock has Bazz at 9th who would be a great pick up for OKC, add to that 28th and 31st picks, it gives Sam Presti a lot to play with come draft day. Cody Zeller if he slipped down the draft or if they traded up for him could give them a fairly NBA ready offensive big man, they will still have Lamb and could maybe take a flyer on a big like Austin or Nogueira with one of the later picks.