James Harden's future with the Thunder was answered with Saturday's trade, but five other players and three future draft picks also were involved in the move.
The answer to one big question spawned a bunch of other questions, which will be addressed in time.
A few questions that might be on your mind:
What does Harden's departure mean for Thunder point guard Eric Maynor in terms of his contract negotiations?
The Thunder has agreed to take a wait-and-see approach, given Maynor is coming off season-ending knee surgery. “We've had positive dialogue with Eric,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday. “He's a guy who means a lot to this ballclub. Whether or not we'll ultimately do anything with him in terms of extensions I don't think (is) a reflection of him wanting to be here or our wanting to keep him in the program. I think it just may be better for us to see how things develop for the season, for him as well. … I really do think he appreciates being with this organization, and that goes a long way here.”
When do Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb arrive in OKC?
The plan was for them to arrive by Sunday night. The new players will meet with media after Monday's practice. Martin will wear jersey No. 23. Lamb will wear jersey No. 11.
The Thunder now has two openings on its final roster. Will they fill those spots, or will they just keep 13 players?
“It's something we need to determine,” Presti said. “We're going to let the dust settle here a little bit and then we'll make that decision. I've got to meet with the front-office guys and obviously talk with Scott and decide what we want to do there.”
If OKC wanted to, could it bring back any of the players it cut Saturday morning in center Daniel Orton, forward Hollis Thompson and guard Andy Rautins?
Yes, as long as those players haven't signed with anther team. Although they were all waived, there is no “waiver process” involved.
Given the Thunder's needs at center, how difficult was it to trade Cole Aldrich?
“Cole has done everything we've asked,” Presti said. “I think opportunity for him was hard to come by. When he was given that opportunity, he performed. … I think he's going to be a productive player in the league. It was a tough situation here because of the depth at that position, as it was for Byron (Mullens, who was traded to Charlotte before last season). When guys go on from here and do well at other places, we're excited about that. We're proud of them.”
Were Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward blindsided by the trade?
“It wasn't easy to let any of the guys go because once you're a member of the Thunder, you're in,” Presti said. “We're going to support you as a player and as a person through the ups and the downs. … The things you don't see are the professionalism behind the scenes, things that guys like Cole and Lazar have demonstrated even when they weren't getting opportunities on the floor. That's appreciated here very, very much.”
Is Hasheem Thabeet now the Thunder's backup center?
Yes, but it depends on the opponent. If the Thunder opts to use a smaller lineup, Thabeet will play center behind Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison, which means he likely won't play at all that game.
When does Houston play the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena?
On Nov. 28. It will be the Rockets' only visit this season. OKC plays at Houston twice. All-Star Weekend also is in Houston.