He was a forgotten man during the 2014 Western Conference Finals, but we should remember a few things about unrestricted free agent Thabo Sefolosha.
He started 61 games this season for a team that won 59 of its contests. Indeed, the 30-year-old has started in all but one of the games he played with the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2008-09 season. There aren't many swingmen who can brag about playing such an integral role on such a consistently outstanding team.
Now would be a good time to mention that—despite all his contributions—it appears Sefolosha's days in OKC are numbered. The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater recently noted, "It already seemed unlikely the Thunder would bring him back. And his eroding playing time and that late benching, which seemed to irritate Sefolosha, only strengthened that narrative."
Separately, Slater and Ryan Aber wrote in The Oklahoman that, "With the starting lineup expected to stay the same moving forward, there’s now a decent possibility that the long-time OKC forward has played his final minutes in Thunder blue."
That starting lineup is one in which Reggie Jackson replaced Sefolosha at shooting guard, a move head coach Scott Brooks made halfway through the conference finals.
It's telling that Sefolosha spoke of his time with the team in the past-tense, saying (per Slater), "It was a great time. The organization, the teammates, the friendships that I’ve built here with the guys. It’s nothing but positive things. Looking back, we did some amazing things."
Sefolosha's calling card is perimeter defense, and he comes at a nice price.
Sefolosha made just $3.9 million this season, so he should be affordable for virtually any team. At most, he'd command a good chunk of a midlevel exception. Expect the market to yield anywhere from $2-5 million for his services, likely on a two or three-year deal.
Sefolosha won't break the bank, and that could be music to the ears of a number of teams.
Including the following.