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Thunder fans get ready for some major roster changes for 2019…..

Steven Adams a key to cutting salary in OKC


If you are a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder beware that some of the team’s better players are on the trading block a day before the 2019 draft.  Steven Adams is the primary name mentioned by national media as the twenty-five million dollar a year man could free up some very costly salary as of a negative sixteen and one half million dollar luxury tax space facing the team  (https://www.spotrac.com/nba/cap/).  The Thunder are working to trade him.   Other Thunder players General Manager Sam Presti is looking to dump are guards Andre Roberson and Dennis Schroder, and post Patrick Patterson.  Fact is, only Russell Westbrook and Paul George are the only two Thunder roster members that seem to be safe from a trade. 


Here is the breakdown:
2019 Salary
Steven Adams           $25,842,697
Dennis Schroder       $15,500,000
Andre Roberson        $10, 740.740
Patrick Patterson       $5, 711,200


The estimated lux tax for OKC if current salaries holds is in excess of 50 million dollars.  See the chart:
2019-20 Luxury Tax Totals
Denotes the Thunder current standing in terms of the luxury tax threshold. Teams that spend over the threshold pay fines (estimated below).
2019 NBA Luxury Tax Threshold
Total Taxable Salaries
Luxury Tax Space
Est. Luxury Tax Bill


It is no wonder Sam Presti is currently wheeling and dealing.  It is almost a given that moves will be made in the very near future.  


Photo Credit:  SI

About Fred Pahlke

Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 65 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. He has guided various high school and college athletes in his time as an educator and coach. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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