Free Agency...Decision Day??
By Randy Renner
Today's the day teams and free agent players can start signing contracts for next season and like a lot of other teams the Thunder are waiting on decisions from LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.
Not because the Thunder are trying to sign either one of those guys but their decisions could have an impact on some free agents the Thunder are pursuing, especially Pau Gasol and to a lesser extent Mike Miller.
Gasol would probably love to return to the Lakers if L.A. can get Anthony, if not then he may decide between the Thunder, Bulls and now the Spurs seem to also be heavily in the mix.
If James goes to Cleveland he'd love to bring Miller aboard and if that doesn't work out then Miller could be choosing between the Thunder, the Grizzlies and now the Nuggets are also in hot pursuit, in fact Denver may be in the lead for Miller.
Anthony Morrow also remains in the mix for OKC if the Thunder fail to land Miller or Gasol. Vince Carter is also in the mix.
The salary cap for the 2014-15 season will increase to an all-time high $63.065 million, the NBA announced Wednesday.
The tax level has been set at $76.829 million. The Thunder’s payroll next season including cap holds, is roughly $70.9 million, which leaves Oklahoma City approximately $5.8 million shy of surpassing the tax threshold. That means the Thunder can sign a free agent with the full mid-level exception ($5.305 million) and remain under the tax.
As those of you who follow me on Twitter know I'm covering the U.S. Senior Open this week at Oak Tree National in Edmond but I will also be updating our website here with any Thunder free agency news.
Our feed page, which features my Twitter feed along with Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman and Royce Young of ESPN.com, is one of the best and easiest ways for you to keep track of what's going on.
SUMMER LEAGUE BLOWOUT
The Thunder's summer league team was blown out again down in Orlando yesterday afternoon. The Pacers won 94-71. The Thunder were led by Mitch McGary who scored a team-high 15 points off the bench. Jeremy Lamb scored 12 points but missed 13 of 17 shots, and Steven Adams had 10 points with eight rebounds.
The Thunder shot 37.5 percent. The Pacers were led by Donald Sloan who had 19 points and six assists.
The Thunder are 1-3 in Orlando and have had 76 turnovers in those four games and just 53 assists.
But hey, it's summer league.