Thunder GM Sam Presti said that SG Jeremy Lamb "is definitely going to be a contributor to our team in the near future."
Lamb made 23 brief appearances with the Thunder as a rookie, spending most of the season with the Tulsa 66ers where he averaged 21.2 points, 1.8 threes, 5.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Kevin Martin will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and if he's not retained Lamb could step into a considerable role behind Thabo Sefolosha in 2013-14.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said Russell Westbrook (knee surgery) is expected to make a full recovery and should be the same player he was before the injury.
Westbrook should get a firmer rehab timetable once he sheds his crutches within the next month. At that point, we'll have a better idea of when he can begin working out and eventually resume basketball activities. Westbrook should be completely healed and ready to go by the start of training camp.
Thunder GM Sam Presti said the amnesty exemption is not something Oklahoma City has considered using.
Presti was asked the question in relation to Kendrick Perkins, who is due $18.63 million over the next two seasons. Presti said the Thunder believe Perkins has "a lot of value to our team," which certainly didn't seem to be the case in OKC's second-round loss to Memphis. We'll just have to wait and see if Presti is true to his word.
Derek Fisher said Thursday wants to play next season and would like to return to the Thunder, and the veteran is not currently considering retirement.
Fisher was signed by the Thunder to provide backcourt depth after the trade of Eric Maynor to Portland. However, the emergence of Reggie Jackson as the primary backup to Russell Westbrook largely limited Fisher's impact down the stretch. Once Westbrook went down with a season-ending injury, Fisher consistently played between 24 and 30 minutes a night, which if way too much for a player of high age and diminishing ability. It's hard to see a role for Fisher on the Thunder next season assuming Westbrook is ready for the start of the season, but he might be able to offer veteran depth to another team looking for a backup guard.
Kendrick Perkins said Wednesday he's "pretty sure" he'll still be with the Thunder next season.
It's good Perk is so sure of his return because we're definitely not. Perkins is a candidate for OKC's amnesty clause given the $18.63 million left on his contract over the next two seasons. Perkins also hasn't played like he deserved anywhere close to that sort of payday in quite a while. Given OKC's need for a legit third scorer and a budget already crunched by Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka's big deals, it wouldn't be surprising if Perkins finds himself a free agent.
Kevin Martin said he'd love to stay with the Thunder but will go through the process of free agency.
Martin came to the Thunder as one of the central pieces in the James Harden deal. Although he had his moments, Martin failed to replicate the off-the-bench production OKC got from Harden last season. We imagine Martin will have a fair amount of suitors in free agency and it's unlikely the Thunder will overpay to keep him. Depending on the asking price, Martin looks like he might be a one-year rental for OKC.
Kevin Durant hit just 5-of-21 shots, was 0-for-4 from downtown and 11-of-15 from the line to finish with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and seven turnovers in Wednesday's Game 5 elimination loss to the Grizzlies.
This was KD's worst shooting night of the season, as he went 1-on-5 all night against a tough Grizzlies' defense. Durant got himself wide open for a potential game-tying shot at the end, but wasn't even close with the attempt. Scott Brooks will catch a lot of heat for his poor game plan (Durant vs. the Grizzlies), but this would have likely been a much different series had Russell Westbrook not blown out his knee. Serge Ibaka had 17 points, eight boards and three blocks in the loss, while Reggie Jackson had 16 points, nine boards, five assists and a huge 3-pointer in the loss.