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OKC Thunder: Expect Thunder to stand pat during free agency season

It's not because the team isn't interested in improving. The Thunder simply lacks both roster spots and resources.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 30, 2013

The Thunder has long had its core identified and for the past three years has tried to surround it with complementary pieces.

Instead of exceeding the tax, it seems more likely the Thunder will rely on younger players like Reggie Jackson, Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III to fill in. The goal, as it's been in the past, would be to develop those players to with the hope that they're playing their best ball come playoff time.

Additionally, because the Thunder has such a talented roster there just isn't a ton of playing time to be had for potential free agents. That reality, coupled with the Thunder's financial constraints, likely will keep the hotter names away from Oklahoma City.

Minor moves are more of what's expected.

The Thunder needs a third string point guard behind Westbrook and Jackson. Possibilities include names like Royal Ivey, Chris Duhon and Nolan Smith. None of them are impact players, but they're the type of players that would fit on the books and in the locker room.

It's also possible that the Thunder stands pat altogether.

OKC could go into the season with a 14-man roster and reserve what little room it has left under the tax threshold to use in a trade or an in-season signing.

The Thunder has some decisions to make now that July 1 is here.

But given the team's current state, it's shaping up to be a relatively quiet summer.