Stiles Points: OKC Thunder Rumors May Hold Even Less Value Due to Flexibility

The Oklahoma City Thunder rumors this season may hold even less value due to the team's flexibility.
Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY
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The Oklahoma City Thunder will find themselves in the middle of a ton of rumors between now and when the dust settles on the offseason in August. Given the Thunder having top five in the league cap space, an abundant of future draft assets and a core that was good enough to net the Thunder 57 wins and the top seed in the rugged Western Conference.

Given the Thunder's willingness to check in on nearly every available player, the flexibility their roster offers to offshoot into any direction and the resources available to make a move happen, Oklahoma City could go get nearly any available player should they want to.

This will lead to OKC being included in a multitude of reports, which is where observers have to be wise. The verbiage of the report is often from a standpoint of speculation. The call is also rarely coming from inside the house.

A report of what rival teams expect the Bricktown boys to do holds just a tad more water than you or I opining on what move the Thunder should pull off this summer. That is the bases of plenty of the scuttlebutt this time of year.

To a degree, the Thunder are a victim of their own success both on the hardwood and in setting themselves up to have resources to make moves. However, the Thunder have no problem with the plethora of reports thrown out to give them any misdirection advantage this offseason.

In this day and age of reporting every breadcrumb you hear, it is harder than ever for fans to discern what to cling to, especially when logically and logistically all the moves make sense.

Stiles Points

  • The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to show interest in Golden State Warriors legend Klay Thompson according to reports that came out on Tuesday. How could this pairing look?
  • More reports surfaced surrounding DaRon Holmes II's potential NBA Draft promise, could the OKC Thunder be the team?
  • Just like at the NBA Trade Deadline, Kelly Olynyk could be an interesting target for the OKC Thunder.
  • Could this Baylor product flying under the radar be a fit for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2024 NBA Draft?
  • Could New York Knicks center Isaiah Hartenstein be the answer to the OKC Thunder frontcourt depth questions? It would be an interesting pivot.

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Rylan Stiles


Rylan Stiles is a credentialed media member covering the Oklahoma City Thunder. He hosts the Locked On Thunder Podcast, and is Lead Beat Writer for Inside the Thunder. Rylan is also an award-winning play-by-play broadcaster for the Oklahoma Sports Network.