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.
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.