Let The Game Begin


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 1:22 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: May 3, 2010 11:6 PM CDT

The offseason has begun for Sam Presti and the Thunder and everyone wants to know what&rsquo;s next.&#160; Do they sign a big-name free agent such as Chris Bosh?&#160; Do they draft OSU&rsquo;s James Anderson and former McGuinness big man Daniel Orton with their two first-round picks?&#160; Do they package the picks and trade up?&#160; Only Sam Presti knows and he ain&rsquo;t tellin&rsquo;.</P>Here are three things that I, in my uneducated non-General Manager mind, believe must happen:</P>1.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;Sign Kevin Durant and Jeff Green to long-term deals.&#160; Durant deserves and will get the maximum.&#160; Green is much trickier.&#160; His value extends beyond the court.&#160; Green and Durant came in as Sonics rookies together and are the best of friends.&#160; I say offer $7-8 million a year, but don&rsquo;t be afraid to give him more if you have to.</P>2.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Get a consistent shooter other than Durant.&#160; I think that James Harden will improve his three-point shooting, but there are no guarantees.&#160; There is no substitute for a great shooter.&#160; Craig Hodges, Steve Kerr and John Paxson all hung around longer than anyone expected because they could fill it up.&#160; The problem is that good shooters, such as Kyle Korver and Mike Miller come at a high price.&#160; </P>3.&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; Add some bulk inside.&#160; The Thunder has an athletic big man in Serge Ibaka, a big man who can shoot in Nenad Krstic and an undersized banger in Nick Collison.&#160; Unfortunately, we cannot meld the three of them into Pau Gasol.&#160; </P>&#160;</P>They are just my opinions.&#160; If none of these come to pass, don&rsquo;t blame m<BR/>