The Oklahoma City Thunder's post-Kevin Durant life has already hit a snag. No, it is not the future of point guard Russell Westbrook, rather that of new shooting guard Victor Oladipo.
The 24-year-old was brought in - alongside Ersan Ilyasova and the draft rights to Domantas Sabonis - for Serge Ibaka in a trade with the Orlando Magic as the Thunder shaped their roster in an attempt to convince KD to stay.
Of course, their bid failed, but there is a lot of upside in having a young star like Oladipo within the ranks. The two guard will battle with Andre Roberson for the SG spot and could form a brilliant partnership with Russell Westbrook. But it seems the Maryland native is seeking more from the franchise.
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Having spent three seasons with the Orlando Magic, the former Indiana Hoosiers player is eligible for a rookie-scale extension and, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe, he is seeking the maximum salary.
Heading into the final year of his rookie deal, Oladipo is set to pocket $6,552,960 and will be a restricted free agent next season if the Thunder do not offer him an extension before October 31.
The Portland Trail Blazers recently rewarded Most Improved Player C.J. McCollum with a max-contract extension of four years worth $106 million. Given the increase in salary cap next summer, a max deal for the guard is projected to start around $24 million in the first year.
Having averaged 16 points, 3.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds while producing an effective field goal percentage of 48.9 as the Orlando Magic went 35-47, it's clear to see he has some potential and he could be a building block for the future of the franchise.
However, with Westbrook's future being the main prerogative - Dion Waiters' move to the Miami Heat freed up enough cap space for the organisation to offer him a max extension - it could be likely that the youngster will be entering restricted free agency.