Maybe more than we’ve seen since its relocation to Oklahoma City, the Thunder went after a big-name free agent.
When Pau Gasol hit the open market, OKC put on the full court press. Sam Presti started it off with a phone call early in the process and Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Scott Brooks followed up with reported face-to-face meetings with the skilled big man in Los Angeles.
But the amped up recruitment looks like it was all for naught. On Friday afternoon, Gasol tweeted that he was ‘very close to making a decision.’ Then, a few hours later, two reports surfaced that Gasol had narrowed his choices down to a pair of teams — the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs. One report from a respected ESPN insider, the other from a Spanish newspaper that has ties to Gasol.
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So it looks like the Thunder has missed out on Gasol, its primary offseason target. And while there’s still plenty of secondary options out there — Mike Miller, Anthony Morrow and Francisco Garcia, to name a few — it’s becoming increasingly likely that free agency will come and go again without the Thunder making a big splash.