For some, that might not be the case.
Granger and Ben Gordon, another player the Thunder could target if Charlotte finalizes a buyout, both will turn 31 in April. They both are in the final year of their contracts and could seek the most opportunity possible to prove they're worthy of one last big contract.
Another option for the Thunder could be Roger Mason, who, at 33, no longer is playing for long and lucrative deals. But as a career 38.3 percent 3-point shooter, Mason could be the consistent perimeter threat the Thunder is missing. Sacramento is expected to soon release him after acquiring him from Miami at the deadline.
The trickiest part about buyout season for a team like the Thunder, though, is adding a player and fitting him in without giving up anyone. Oklahoma City already is working Russell Westbrook back in, which reduces minutes for other players, while other talented players are finding it difficult to crack the rotation as it is. Unlike a trade, where a player often goes out, minutes aren't being freed up by someone's departure.
Therefore, much of the Thunder's decision-making will be about determining not just which player is the best available, but also which player is the best fit for what the team can offer.
But with two open roster spots, as well as a little wiggle room under the tax line thanks to Ryan Gomes' trade to Boston earlier this season, the Thunder could be a player in buyout season after sitting out this year's deadline dance.