Liggins' departure also takes a bit of pressure off Orton, who would have been faced with surviving the competition despite the Thunder's surplus of big men. Now, it appears Orton has a better chance at survival despite the presence of starter Kendrick Perkins, backup Hasheem Thabeet and 12th overall pick Steven Adams.
Still, it' wouldn't come as a shock if the Thunder chose to part ways with Orton anyway. It would be a move designed to save some cash and create an open roster spot in case it's needed during the regular season.
A lot still could happen.
But the 2013-14 roster became much clear Friday evening.