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Oklahoma City Thunder make changes to their support staff

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After coming within touching distance of reaching the NBA Finals for the first time since 2012, it is all change with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Serge Ibaka has left the organisation in a trade with the Orlando Magic that saw them acquire shooting guard Victor Oladipo, Ersan ─░lyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis.

Coach Billy Donovan, who enjoyed great success in his first season, has now made some changes to his support staff as the franchise look to go one better next year.

Adrian Griffin, who worked with the Magic during the 2015/16 campaign, has been added as an assistant coach while Vin Bhavnani and Royal Ivey have also been promoted as assistant coaches.

Bhavnani has been the manager of advanced scouting/player development for the last six years at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Ivey spent last season as a player development assistant with the Thunder. Griffin was also part of Team USA's FIBA World Cup-winning team of 2014.


For many, Oklahoma City overachieved last season, however, having held a 3-1 lead over the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, they would have been bitterly disappointed to go crashing out. But their performances may have convinced Kevin Durant to remain with the organisation.

KD is the biggest free agent since LeBron James in 2010 and a number of teams are keen on his signature. His on-court partnership with Russell Westbrook improved during the playoffs and, more importantly, a number of role players established themselves as two-way threats. They will be hoping that was enough for Durant to choose OKC for at least one more season.

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