Key Additions: Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Ryan Gomes
Key Departures: Kevin Martin, (James Harden)
If it's not broken dont fix it, or most importantly pay for it, is a good motto and seems to be one that Oklahoma City will be sticking with for the foreseeable future. Not bringing back James Harden looks like it might be the move that keeps the Thunder from getting to the next level of being able to legitimately contend for a championship. It is really difficult to see the wisdome of giving a four-year $33.6 million extension to Kendrick Perkins. While he is a decent defensive stopper he doesn't score and there is no way he will be developing that talent at this point in his career. Additionally his lack of height makes his defensive value decline to an extent. If ever there was a great opportunity to use the amnesty clause this would have been it. Kevin Martin leaving after one year is going to hurt as well. The loss of his outside shooting and ability to space the floor for Westbrook and Durrant is going to make things much less easy. Overall the last two off seasons have not been very positive for the Thunder.
Looking to continue to contend while not paying the luxury tax and reload through the draft is an extremely difficult if not impossibly prospect. The additions the Thunder made in the offseason could be very good but that will not be realized until the future as Steven Adams and Andre Roberson seem likely to be developed in the D-League this year.
Loose stitches can be pretty awful and the one in Westbrook's knee is a really bad start for OKC. He should be more than ready for playoff time but reaching the finals will be markedly more difficult if the Thunder have to win two series in a row on the road.