With final cuts out of the way, the Thunder's most pressing deadline now becomes 10:59 p.m. Wednesday.
That's the last allowable moment for guards James Harden and Eric Maynor to sign contract extensions, and also is the deadline for Thunder general manager Sam Presti to exercise team options for center Cole Aldrich, guard Reggie Jackson and forward Lazar Hayward.
Players who have their options picked up are guaranteed next year's salary. Those not picked up become unrestricted free agents and are free to join any team.
Extensions seem likely for Aldrich ($3.25 million salary in 2013-14) and Jackson ($1.26 million), but not for Hayward ($2.12 million).
The Thunder had a brief, 45-minute workout Saturday morning and will not practice Sunday. “A lot of running (Saturday),” Brooks said. “It was short, but a lot of good things we got accomplished. It was short, but it was good.” … Brooks attended Saturday night's Oklahoma-Notre Dame football game as a guest of Thunder owner chairman Clay Bennett. … Projecting the top 20 rivalries in the NBA this season, The Basketball Jones put the Thunder vs. Miami Heat at No. 3, Thunder vs. Los Angeles Lakers at No. 6 and Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs as No. 13.
Brooks' reaction to Russell Westbrook being picked by NBA general managers as the league's fastest player with the ball: “If there's a guy faster than Russell, it's going to be hard to do, unless (Olympic sprinter Usain) Bolt comes on an NBA team and runs against him. Russell's as fast as anybody who ever played the game. He has the speed.”
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