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Thunder notebook: Team discussing Desmond Mason's future; Marcus Dove hopes defense delivers opportunity

Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 16, 2009 at 4:45 am •  Published: July 16, 2009
Thunder actively discussing Mason’s future
General manager Sam Presti has had ongoing discussions with Desmond Mason’s agent regarding the possibility of re-signing the unrestricted free-agent forward and fan favorite. A deal, however, is not imminent and a potential agreement could take until the end of the summer to crystallize.

The Thunder and Mason and his agent, Roger Montgomery, have mutual respect for one another and both sides have interest in finding a common ground.

But potentially complicating Mason’s return is Oklahoma City’s logjam on the wing positions. The Thunder already has Kevin Durant starting at small forward, No. 3 overall pick James Harden as a quality shooting guard and Thabo Sefolosha, who was acquired in mid-February from Chicago and can play either wing position.

Kyle Weaver is in the fold as well, although the second-year guard is expected to spend some time in the D-League. But Jeff Green, despite serving as the team’s starting power forward, is a natural small forward and likely will play there in certain situations next season.

The Thunder is also keeping its options open in the event that a better long-term alternative arises. Oklahoma City is more than $11 million under the salary cap and is proceeding cautiously to ensure it can take the most advantage of that asset.

OKC still deciding on assistants
The Thunder still is in the process of making additions to its coaching staff, with as many as two assistants possibly joining the organization.

Oklahoma City has had talks with Maurice Cheeks, as Yahoo! Sports first reported Tuesday, but the former Philadelphia head coach is among several candidates the Thunder is interested in. Former Sacramento assistant Rex Kalamian and former Minnesota assistant J.B.

Thunder actively discussing Mason’s future


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