They'll also be wondering what's going through the mind of Kevin Durant.
The former MVP will be the most coveted free agent this summer when the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. ET on July 1, but Durant is not yet thinking about what the future holds, per Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel:
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Durant, when asked The Question tonight: https://t.co/oDqMbIUfu12016-5-31 04:47:31
Durant and the Thunder were up 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals with numerous chances to knock off the defending NBA champions, who made history by winning 73 games in the regular season.
Oklahoma City had a sizable lead in Game 6 at home and a double-digit lead in Game 7 in Oakland, but it couldn't shut the door on either of those winnable games.
"It hurts losing, but everybody fought hard every single moment, left their soul out on the court," Durant said after Game 7, per the team's Twitter account.
While listening to what Durant was saying in regard to his looming decision, ESPN's J.A. Adande didn't think it sounded like Durant was ready to close this chapter of his career:
J.A. Adande @jadande
Quick read on Durant: Saying “we” a lot, talking about the entire OKC organization, not sounding sentimental like it’s goodbye. 2b continued2016-5-31 04:15:17
Royce Young of ESPN.com gathered Durant's full comments:
Royce Young @royceyoung
Kevin Durant on the Thunder's emotional, up and down season: https://t.co/8W0pautuuk2016-5-31 05:11:31
Durant later spoke to Michael Lee of The Vertical about whether he believes he will eventually capture a championship:
I'm certain. I'm certain. They don't love the game like I love it. Nobody knows how much I put in the work, how much I care about my teammates, about everything. I've given my heart and soul into this since I was 8 years old. Whatever happens, I'm certain. I feel confident that that moment will happen. I'm 27 years old. Hopefully, I can play a long time in this league but nothing is guaranteed. I know one thing for sure, I'm going to put the work in.
Fresh off a heartbreaking end to the season, it's no surprise Durant isn't looking ahead to a potential new home yet. But with his ninth season over and only one NBA Finals appearance on his resume, Durant has to be wondering whether he will ever have a better chance to win a title with this team than he did this year.
The countdown to free agency has officially begun.