Whenever Thunder general manager Sam Presti executes a rookie contract extension, usually there's quite a commotion. Not so with shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha.
There was nary a peep on Oct. 28, 2009, when Sefolosha agreed to a four-year extension with OKC worth $13.8 million, plus incentives.
Presti had acquired Sefolosha from the Chicago Bulls at the trade deadline eight months earlier in exchange for a first-round draft pick. Sefolosha quickly had become a highly respected perimeter defender with the Bulls as the No. 13 pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
This essentially meant Presti swapped a proven lottery pick for the No. 26 overall pick in the 2009 draft.
Since the uncelebrated signing of Sefolosha, every rookie contract extension involving the Thunder has made a ruckus.
*All-Star forward Kevin Durant agreed to a 30-percent maximum, five-year extension at the earliest possible moment on July 8, 2008, which he announced via Twitter. That such a significant occasion was so modestly revealed brought aftershocks that rumbled throughout the league.
*On Jan. 19, 2012, All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook agreed to a 25-percent maximum, five-year extension, even though he would have qualified for the 30-percent maximum as a two-time All-NBA pick at the time. Westbrook and Durant being under contract together through at least the 2015-16 season quickly had opposing teams groaning.
*On Aug, 18, 2012, Defensive Player of the Year runner-up Serge Ibaka agreed to a four-year extension worth $49 million, plus incentives. Starting next season, Ibaka's salary will be at a flat rate of $12.25 million per year and will not escalate, putting less stress on future OKC payrolls.
*Last summer, reigning Sixth Man of the Year James Harden refused the Thunder's four-year extension offer reportedly worth $53 million. As a result, Presti traded Harden to Houston on Oct. 27 in a move that remains a topic of debate.
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