5 Questions the Oklahoma City Thunder Must Answer This Offseason

5 Questions the Oklahoma City Thunder Must Answer In The Offseason

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are locked and loaded to make another run to the NBA Finals. But what does the team need to resolve in the offseason if they intend on returning to the Finals next season? Let's find out.

5. Will Russell Westbrook Have To Be Traded?

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5. Will Russell Westbrook Have To Be Traded?

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Something has to be noted about the Thunder's play while Westbrook was out of action this season. Could it be that Kevin Durant plays better when the electrifying point guard is out? Can they co-exist? It may come to the point where the Thunder's front office will have to decide if Westbrook is a fit long-term in OKC, or do they need to trade him to get better assets around Durant? That may be answered this summer.

4. Can Caron Butler Be The Third-Wheel?

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4. Can Caron Butler Be The Third-Wheel?

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Caron Butler is getting up there in age, but he is still a capable scorer. In OKC's quest to replace James Harden, the Thunder may be hoping that the aging small forward can recapture some of his glory days, where he was a consistent 20 PPG scorer. That is not going to happen, so look for the Thunder to continue their search for a third-wheel this summer.

3. Can Jeremy Lamb Become The Third-Wheel?

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3. Can Jeremy Lamb Become The Third-Wheel?

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This is the guy the Thunder REALLY want to become the third man behind Durant and Westbrook. Lamb is a special talent, but it may be one more year until he can perform at the level Harden did during his time in Oklahoma's capital. But make no mistake; the Thunder are waiting.

2. Can They Get Rid Of Kendrick Perkins?

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2. Can They Get Rid Of Kendrick Perkins?

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One player the Thunder cannot wait on is Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder have to figure out how to unload his contract this summer.

1. Will Scott Brooks Be Around After Next Season?

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1. Will Scott Brooks Be Around After Next Season?

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If the Thunder lose early in this year's playoffs, there is a strong possibility that Scott Brooks will be on the hot seat next season. The Thunder were built to contend, and if he can't deliver a championship to OKC, the Thunder may begin looking for a coach who will.

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