Now that the NBA is in official lockdown mode, every team is about to feel the effects of this ugly labor dispute.
The league has placed strict restrictions on its franchises, suspending all business dealings while also prohibiting employees from conducting the most routine actions that annually make up their summer to-do lists.
It's created an awfully challenging and uncomfortable workplace, while devastating the entertainment value of professional basketball for the fans.
Here are the most significant ways the Thunder and its fans have been caught in the thick of the NBA's latest work stoppage.
No communication: Teams are prohibited from using any form of communication to contact players for any reason. That means no telephone calls, email exchanges, text messages, faxes, social media connections or speaking to players' agents. If a team employee sees a player in line at the movie theater, the employee must move to another line or do anything possible to avoid communication. The league is so unyielding about this that it will reportedly hand out fines of up to $1 million for teams in violation.
No player visits: There might not be a team in the league that spends more time than the Thunder visiting players throughout the offseason. For the past three years, Thunder coaches have traveled to cities throughout the country to check in on players and work them out. But that can no longer happen. It was one of the key factors in the Thunder's development. And with the Thunder having a roster filled with 20-somethings, this barrier could be a detriment to such a young team's maturation.
No negotiations: One of the most significant byproducts of this lockout is it has prevented the Thunder from starting important contract negotiations. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook is eligible for a contract extension this summer, and reserve guard Daequan Cook is a restricted free agent. The Thunder can't enter into negotiations with either player until the lockout has ended. In Westbrook's case, the team would typically have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement or Westbrook would be a restricted free agent next summer. But it's unclear how a prolonged lockout would affect that timeline.
No summer league: Not only will fans not have the broadcast group Dante and Galante to keep them entertained during the Orlando Pro Summer League in these dog days of summer, but the Thunder's youngest players also won't have a place for a high level of organized competition. The NBA has canceled summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas, meaning 24th overall pick Reggie Jackson, second-year center Cole Aldrich and third-year center Byron Mullens will miss out on a week of what is generally a good opportunity for training and development.
No use of team facilities: After several delays, the Thunder is now just weeks away from moving into its sparkling new practice facility. The players, however, are not allowed to step foot inside the doors. Some players have already toured the new facility. Most have not. Whenever Thunder players are in town during the lockout, they must find another place to work out.
No player highlights on NBA.com or NBA TV: Log on to the league's official website or flip to its official channel, and you'll immediately notice something's missing. NBA.com has removed all photos and highlights of current players, while NBA TV has cut programming and commercials including current players. In their places are now images of legends of the game, reruns of dunk contests from the 1980s and early 1990s and WNBA coverage.
No player images on billboards: Before the lockout even became official, the Thunder was removing player images from all billboards around the Oklahoma City area. Those images have been replaced with team logos or action shots of the team's mascot, Rumble the Bison.