Three games into the post-KD era and the Oklahoma City Thunder aren’t looking back. Sitting at 3-0, with wins over the 76ers, Lakers, and Suns, with Russell Westbrook posting a triple-double in each game, averaging 38.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 11.7 assists. OKC will be tested big time this week, as they travel to Staple Center to take on the Clippers, before heading north to Oakland in the first matchup the Thunder and the recently departed Kevin Durant, who joined forces with Curry, Thompson, and Green in Golden State.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Thunder signed Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams to contract extensions, totaling $184 million. Oladipo, drafted 2nd overall by the Orlando Magic in 2013, was acquired by the Thunder in a draft day trade in exchange for star Serge Ibaka. The extension is worth $84 million over four seasons. Oklahoma City also came to terms with center Steven Adams for a reported $100 million, just shy of the max deal. The team and its fans are hoping that Oladipo and Adams can be a force alongside Westbrook as they move on from the loss of KD.
The Thunder also made news Tuesday, trading Ersan İlyasova and a protected draft pick to the Sixers in exchange for Jerami Grant.
With these signings, the Thunder will not have very much cap space to play with next summer in free agency, so they seem dedicated to their current core group. In the NBA, where it’s championship or bust these days, the Thunder will have to continue to rely heavily on Westbrook to perform to the absolute best of his ability if they hope to outlast teams like Golden State, San Antonio, and Cleveland.
Up next: @ LA Clippers, 11/2, 10:30pm, ESPN
@ Golden State, 11/3, 10:30pm, TNT