It is almost guaranteed that the issue of retaining the core players of the Oklahoma City Thunder will not arise in the short-term, however it is undeniably a problem that will plague a small-market team in the long-term. The retention of Ibaka, Westbrook and of course Kevin Durant will be the primary focus, but the re-signing of vital role players such as Jackson, Lamb and Adams will also be of significant importance.
In terms of salaries, it is unquestionable that the max contract will be handed out to Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Rightfully so, they are one of, if not the best duo in the NBA. Ibaka would also expect a long contract in 8 figures yearly.
How do the Thunder fit all the other pieces in for a championship roster after these 3 stars of the game receive their pay, without going too far into the tax? Do you think this will be a problem? How do you believe the Presti model of drafting will hold up?