Oklahoma City Thunder: Rumors, Free Agents, Cap Space And More

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The Oklahoma City Thunder shouldn't do much if anything in free agency ... unless Shane Battier becomes a real possibility.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have seemingly already handled most of the team's business at the end of the 2010-11 season by trading for and extending Kendrick Perkins and extending the contracts of Nick Collison and Nazr Mohammed. Will the team add one more veteran to the perimeter?


Here's a look at the Thunder's salary cap levels over the past six seasons.


Kevin Durant's extension kicks in this season, and the team can look forward to seeing second deals for Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka come in the following two seasons.

Heading into free agency, the Thunder have a cap figure of $54 million with the leaguewide team salary cap set at $58 million and the luxury tax line at $70 million.


The Thunder's sole free agent is Daequan Cook, who is restricted. The safe bet would be waiting to see if Cook draws any interest and judging accordingly. A cheap shooter is always good to have around, but Oklahoma City isn't likely to use him much anyway.


Unless some strange Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul voodoo kicks up, the only potential addition worth nothing for the Thunder would be a veteran wing defender. Shane Battier was a popular name among fans and Thunder players themselves -- Battier made his presence felt defending Durant during the teams' seven-game showstopper playoff series last season -- but there haven't been credible reports that a signing is likely. 

All in all, it should be a boring offseason for OKC.

For more on the Thunder, visit SB Nation's Welcome To Loud City.

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