Thunder Notes: Durant, Presti, Additions

Kevin Durant is fine with the Thunder not making a big acquisition at the deadline, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman writes.

“I trust [GM] Sam [Presti] 100%,” Durant said prior to the deadline. “Whatever he does, I know it’s for the betterment of the organization and team. Whatever he chooses to do, I’m happy with it and I support it.”

Durant will be a free agent at the end of the 2015/16 campaign. He will certainly garner a max contract and earlier in the month, Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors examined Durant’s options for signing one.

Here’s more from Oklahoma City:

  • The Thunder will save $9.8MM as a result of the Randy Foye trade. However, that wasn’t the primary motivation of making the deal, sources tell Royce Young of ESPN.com. Young adds that the team is doing well financially and planned to be a taxpaying team.
  • Presti says it would be smart not to underestimate the impact that a rising cap will have on the league, Slater relays via Twitter. “Everyone is affected in different ways,” Presti told Slater. “It isn’t a universal issue for all thirty teams, but we have to find a way to make it work for our organizations.”
  • The Thunder have an open roster spot after dealing away Steve Novak and D.J. Augustin, and they could be a major player in the buyout market, Slater writes in a separate piece. The team reportedly has interest in Anderson Varejao, whom Portland waived Thursday.

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