The Oklahoma City Thunder’s season again ended in disappointment when they were taken down by the San Antonio Spurs in six games in the Western Conference Finals.
After reaching the NBA Finals in 2012, it looked like the Thunder, who lost to the Miami Heat in five games, could be on top of the Western Conference for years to come. However, an injury to Russell Westbrook may have cost the Thunder the chance in 2013 and they were eliminated by the Memphis Grizzlies in the second round of the playoffs.
Now that the Thunder have again been eliminated, many have speculated about the future of head coach’s Scott Brooks’ job and if the Thunder would entertain the idea of trading Westbrook.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Thunder won’t panic.
Before we get into what’s likely to happen this summer, let’s get into what’s not likely to happen: the Thunder won’t panic. The Thunder won’t make some crazy break-up-the-team trade and they won’t break up their core. That’s not how General Manager Sam Presti works and that’s not what the Thunder are trying to build.
The other thing that’s unlikely to happen is the Thunder are not going to go crazy trying to “buy” a free agent solution. In the Presti-era the Thunder have traditionally not been big free agent players. They have opted to draft smart, develop their own assets, look at the trade market opportunistically and pay their own guys when it’s time and the pricing lines up with their expected roles and goals.
The Thunder will shift their focus to the 2014 NBA Draft where they own the 21st and 29th-overall selections.