By Darnell Mayberry Published: July 26, 2008
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/> Without Miles, Oklahoma City has 13 players under contract, with restricted free agent center Robert Swift's future still hanging in the balance. A team could offer Swift a more lucrative and long-term deal than the one-year qualifying offer Oklahoma City currently holds on the three-year veteran at $3.5 million.

Swift officially would become the 14th player, one shy of the league maximum, if he receives no other offers or if Oklahoma City matches another team's offer sheet.

With Swift's current qualifying offer, Oklahoma City still is roughly $2 million under the $58.68 million salary cap set for next season. Without Swift's contract, the team would be nearly $6 million under the cap.

But because Miles was targeted more for his potential rather than as a player who fills a pressing need, Presti might not feel compelled to use the team's remaining cap space to land a replacement.

Presti has stressed the importance of the front office being patient while rebuilding.

"There has to be discipline and a meticulous nature to how you build the program and how you build the team,” Presti said at a news conference on July 10. "We feel like to this point we've been very consistent to that vision.”



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