The Oklahoma City Thunder are better off than most other NBA teams. They’ve got two MVP caliber players and a roster around them that can help carry the load.
But Sam Presti and the rest of the front office know more than anyone that change must be made if they are to be taken seriously in the Western Conference. According to Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated, that change may come via a trade involving several members they have recently put on the block…
Oklahoma City has increased its efforts this afternoon to shed salary along with the No. 21 pick en route to dodging luxury tax, league sources say. Steven Adams, Andre Roberson, Dennis Schroeder all very available at the moment.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 19, 2019
Their hope is to cut some salary on their ridiculously high $140 million salary payout. That number is well over the luxury tax — a tax that the small market Thunder can ill afford to pay.
As for potential takers, pretty much anyone would be interested in a guy like Adams or Schroder, who are both capable of maintaining starting roles on any NBA squad. The problem is, with Adams being set to make over $25 million (and Schroder $15.5), one has to wonder if a team is seriously willing to dish out their money to two non-max players who do not have the ability to stretch the floor. Even for a guy like Roberson, how much will anyone be willing to give up for a guy that is an absolute liability on offense?
We will soon find out.