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Assuming that the offseason plays out like I have predicted, Oklahoma City will have lots to spend on free agents.
While one option would be to drop it all on a star like Andre Iguodala, that would eat up all of the Thunder's cap space and potentially dump them into the tax bracket depending on future contracts (or if my math is slightly off).
Therefore, I think the better option is to add a couple of very productive bench players who can provide great production when the starters are on the pine and help account for the minutes lost by letting go Perkins and Martin.
The first guy to sign would be Carl Landry, who opted out of a two-year player option with the Golden State Warriors that would have paid him $8 million. Landry was actually drafted by the Thunder back in the 2007 second round. In the intervening years, he has turned himself into a very good power forward who has the skill set to add another dimension to the Thunder.
Landry has established his NBA role, and that role is of a very good offensive bench big. He has a nice face-up game and mid-range jumper, can finish the pick-and-roll and is a good offensive rebounder.
While these are all nice for the Thunder, it is his post game that would make this a valuable pick-up. Oklahoma City does not have anything resembling a post scorer, and Landry is a very solid one who uses his shooting touch and quickness to get good looks and points inside. On the Thunder bench unit, his ability to create easy buckets would help maintain leads.
The new-age numbers certainly support this. Landry score 0.88 points per possession (PPP) on post-up plays in 2012-13, as well as 0.95 PPP on pick-and-rolls and 0.87 PPP on spot-up shots. These numbers are all fairly good, especially those related to his post scoring.
He also had the 46th best offensive rebounding percentage among people who played more than 400 minutes, according to Basketball-Reference.
The risk with this signing is, as with all undersized power forwards, on the defensive end. He can struggle to defend quick stretch-4's and big physical grinders like Zach Randolph, and his lack of length causes struggles dealing with mid-range shooters.
His post defense is acceptable, but if he is forced to move to guard players, they can often work past him. Also, he is extremely weak against mid-range shooters.
However, I would say that on a bench unit his defensive limitations are more than made up for by his offensive efficiency. He can score with ease against backup forwards and centers, and he has the ability to reel in offensive rebounds. Both these skills are lacking at Oklahoma City and were shown to be very valuable in beating the Miami Heat in the Indiana Pacers series.
The big question with Landry is his contract. He opted out of a $4 million-a-year deal with a playoff team, so he obviously appears to want more money than that.
However, the Thunder are a cut above the Warriors in talent, and for that reason I believe a three-year deal paying $5.5 million a year would be able to snap him up without forcing the Thunder to pay him for too many seasons beyond his prime, if any.
If the Thunder miss out on Landry, they could also look to a player like the former Spur DeJuan Blair as a post-scoring rebounder to play off the bench.
While Blair is really more of a centre because of his plodding nature, and because of his real defensive issues due to his lack of height and quickness, as a bench player he could provide similar things to the Thunder as Landry, just at a lesser level and pay bracket.