The Oklahoma City Thunder enter the offseason trying to improve on a disappointing end to an underwhelming season.
After dropping in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, the Thunder keep most of their roster intact for next season with Derek Fisher, who has already signed up to coach the New York Knicks, Caron Butler and Thabo Sefolosha as the only free agents from last year's squad. Fifty-nine wins may seem like a bunch, but at this point, the standards are higher in Oklahoma City than a mere playoff exit.
Don't be surprised if you see some movement on the trade front from the Thunder over the course of this offseason. OKC currently has $68.8 million lined up for next season (including Hasheem Thabeet's $1.25 million non-guaranteed deal). Meanwhile, that doesn't even account for the rookie contracts of Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis, whom the Thunder selected in last week's NBA draft.
Oklahoma City is inching dangerously close to the luxury-tax line, an area in which it doesn't want to reside. That's why it shouldn't be all too shocking if the Thunder move Kendrick Perkins and his $9.4 million expiring contract and/or Nick Collison, who lost playing time as the postseason progressed.
With free agents hitting the market July 1, it'll soon be time for the Thunder to start thinking about who to sign on the open market. Possessing the mid-level and biannual exceptions, OKC has the ability to make some moves, and with holes on the wings, it will surely have some gaps to fill.