1. How do the Thunder keep signing these guys without the melodrama that goes hand-in-hand with pending free agency?
OKC signed Kevin Durant to a max extension with two years left on his rookie contract in 2010.
They did the same with Russell Westbrook in 2011.
And now, Ibaka.
Three years, three under-25 budding stars, three drama-less contract negotiations. How do they do it?
On paper, these are the exact types of players that would use free agency in absurd, Dwight Howard-esque fashion. They're young guys drafted into the smallest market in the NBA — who could move to a more glitzy city than OKC, and make more money in endorsements. Yet they're all staying with the Thunder without even flirting with free agency.