Huge weekend ahead, especially locally, but there’s only one thing to keep an eye on. That’s right. Sure, there’s baseball and there’s some soccer and golf but when it comes to local news, the NBA free agency talk is the only thing anyone is going to really be paying attention to.
The free agency period opens at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. That means Russell Westbrook could make a lot of folks in Oklahoma very content. Or a panic situation could begin. Westbrook still has one more season in Oklahoma City, but the Thunder are likely planning on offering Westbrook the max contract as soon as the free agency period starts and that means fans will start wondering exactly what’s going to happen at about midnight.
“The rules are that you can’t have that conversation until July 1, and you know, when that time comes, we’ll sit down, we’ll have conversations with him about what that opportunity presents,” general manager Sam Presti said at the end of last season. “And you know, we’re obviously hopeful that he remains really excited about being a part of this organization for the remainder of his career.”
If Westbrook doesn’t sign, that would be an indicator he would want to become a free agent after next season. If that’s the case, you could see the Thunder try and work a trade for the MVP. After all, the worst thing that could happen to OKC would be to lose another star without getting anything in return.
Keep an eye on Rudy Gay and Blake Griffin, too. The two have opted out of their deals and are free agents. The Thunder are rumored to be interested in both.
Meanwhile, in addition to Westbrook and his situation, there’s been some news with Presti, too. He was rumored to be considered for the general manager job with the Knicks. The Knicks had previously shown interest in Presti before hiring Phil Jackson.
Of course, free agency is open throughout the league and you know some team is going to offer some player a ridiculous deal. It will be interesting to see where the Thunder fit in.