Noticeably absent from Orlando this week has been Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe.
Keefe has been with the Thunder since its inaugural season and has been instrumental in Durant’s development.
But Keefe is the only Thunder assistant who has not been with the team at summer league, and his absence could mean he’s in play for another job. Several teams are looking to fill out their coaching staffs, and Keefe has ties to multiple coaches around the league.
Atlanta and New York are the two most obvious connections.
While serving as an assistant video coordinator with San Antonio from 2005-07, Keefe worked with Mike Budenholzer, the second-year coach of the Hawks. Derek Fisher, meanwhile, is in his first season coaching the Knicks after spending the better part of the past three seasons playing for the Thunder.
LAMB STRUGGLING WITH HIS SHOT
Third-year guard Jeremy Lamb has struggled to find his shooting touch throughout this week in Orlando.
Lamb leads the Thunder in scoring at 17.3 points per game, but he’s made only 16 of 50 shots, a 32 percent clip. He’s struggled even more from 3-point range, where he’s missed 19 of 23 attempts.
The Thunder is counting on Lamb to be a reliable shooting threat next season, and his struggles in Orlando, while not a major concern, haven’t exactly quelled questions of whether he is ready to be that guy.
Lamb shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range last year.
THUNDER PLAYING FOR SEVENTH PLACE
There will be a new champion at the Orlando Pro Summer League.
After a 1-3 record, the Thunder will play in the seventh-place game on championship day Friday. Oklahoma City will face Miami at 1 p.m.
Philadelphia and Memphis will compete for the championship at 11 a.m.