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Darnell Mayberry: Don't expect the OKC Thunder to be heavily-involved in the free agent market

by Darnell Mayberry Modified: June 16, 2011 at 3:17 pm •  Published: June 16, 2011
The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered NBA Draft and offseason questions from readers on Twitter Thursday. Follow Darnell on Twitter to read more from the Q&A session. Join him next Thursday at 2 p.m. for another Twitter chat and follow our Thunder draft coverage in The Oklahoman every day.

Here are a few of the questions and answers from today's chat:

On whether the OKC Thunder will sign a big name free agent, such as Shane Battier or Tayshaun Prince:

Highly doubtful. OKC has to save money and be smart [so that it can resign Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden].

On players the Thunder could trade in the offseason:

[Byron] Mullens. He's getting squeezed out.

On whether the Thunder will lose any coaches:

Gut says [assistant coach Maurice] Cheeks is gone.

On the most important bench player next season:

[Nick] Collison: Game-changer on D.

On what's more likely - Kevin Durant developing a low-post game or Russell Westbrook developing a floater:

Kevin Durant.

On the Thunder's weakness:

Perimeter shooting can improve.

On who the Thunder will draft next week:

I like [Duke forward Kyle] Singler.

On Nate Robinson's value in the trade market:

Depends on what a team is trying to unload. Under normal circumstances, not much.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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