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Thunder won’t have an easy time keeping this core together

Now it’s time for Sam Presti to corral James Harden and Serge Ibaka, but getting them signed will not be easy. Even if the two sign for slightly less than market value, the team could run into significant luxury tax problems eventually.

BY BERRY TRAMEL Modified: June 30, 2012 at 12:00 am •  Published: July 1, 2012
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At 11 p.m. June 30, 2010, Sam Presti knocked on Kevin Durant’s door. At 11:02, the Thunder and Durant had a deal on a contract extension.

Don’t expect anything like that in this summer of numbers crunching.

The Thunder has...
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