The Lakers reportedly have a television deal worth $150 million annually with Time Warner Cable, which is roughly 12 times more lucrative than the Thunder's annual fee from Fox Sports Southwest, which is believed to be worth $12.5 million. The world champion Miami Heat is said to be nearing a new deal worth $80 million annually.
Also remember the league is under a new CBA. Even brainiacs like Presti need time to figure out nuances in the new agreement.
It remains to be seen if Fisher, Mohammed and/or Ivey will return for the Thunder next season. But if established players are willing to accept minimum wage for a chance to play for OKC, then Presti will have the pick of the litter and could go with younger role players who might better fill the Thunder's needs.