In the final four games of the Spurs series, Sefolosha played briefly in mop-up duty. But he was out of the rotation, his season and, potentially, his Thunder career over.
Sefolosha hits unrestricted free agency for the first time this offseason. It already seemed unlikely the Thunder would bring him back. And his eroding playing time and that late benching, which seemed to irritate Sefolosha, only strengthened that narrative.
“It’s kind of hard to get into a rhythm when you get in and have to sit down for extended minutes like this and not really knowing if you’re going to get any shots or anything, any kind of rhythm,” Sefolosha said. “The system at that time and the way we play didn’t really favor for me to get the opportunity to get into some sort of groove.”
Sefolosha left the door open for a return in his exit interview, saying that, while playing time and opportunity matter: “I like winning.” But in all likelihood, that could be it for one of the longest-tenured Thunder players on the roster.
“It was a great time. The organization, the teammates, the friendships that I’ve built here with the guys,” Sefolosha reminisced. “It’s nothing but positive things. Looking back, we did some amazing things.”
But all good things come to an end.