After being eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder had to rethink things. The Thunder’s rethinking started with the NBA Draft, where they selected Mitch McGary with the 21st overall pick who will surely add some beef to a weak Thunder front line. Kendrick Perkins isn’t likely to return to OKC next season, freeing up room for McGary and Steven Adams to fill the minutes at the center position.
The draft was just the start to the Thunder’s offseason. Next, they signed former high school phenom, Sebastian Telfair, to a one-year deal. The Thunder recently lost Thabo Sefalosha to the Atlanta Hawks, and did not waste any time filling the void left by the departure of their former veteran shooting guard. Telfair has a lot to prove after a pretty unproductive stint in the league in the years prior.
News also broke that OKC was in the running to land former All-Star forward, Pau Gasol. Gasol would be a perfect fit for OKC, who will lack a veteran presence on the inside if Perkins isn’t brought back. Gasol looked really good last year, although he played for a diminishing Los Angeles Lakers team. Averaging nearly 18-points per game and over nine rebounds, Gasol proved he has more than enough gas left in the tank to be a key piece in a title run for a contending team. Honestly, if the Thunder get Gasol, they would undoubtedly has one of the top two rosters in the entire league, regardless of whom signs with who in free agency this offseason.
OKC’s is moving quick this offseason, unlike years before where they failed to make any big moves. Their interest in Gasol proves how bad they want an NBA Championship. Their interest also shows they’re not going to just sit back and let other teams in their conference become stronger without at least attempting to strengthen their own core. No one knows if the Thunder will land Gasol, but if they don’t, still expect this team to load up in free agency. The Thunder will surely have a team in place that will have a good chance of reaching the NBA Finals next season.