Sam Presti
(Mike Allen)

I heard Rumble may be driving a tank around the court next season for the OKC Thunder, firing t-shirts at the crowd among other things. But I’m not sure if it’s true. What is true is that the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti are in full “blow it up and start over” mode now that Russell Westbrook has been traded to the Houston Rockets, which is the last big trade in a series of them over the past two weeks.

The first era of the Thunder is officially over. As in ancient Greece, all of the murals and bathroom wallpapers (The Jones Assembly) around town will serve as reminders of the great empire we once had.

The question now is: What’s next? I don’t think Sam Presti is done making moves this off season, and I think the team’s roster will be further changed by the trade deadline mid-season. Do we, as fans, want the team to tank for a high lottery pick in next years draft? I feel like this rebuild is going to be as confusing and enlightening as those street painters that turn their canvases upside down, layer on a bunch of abstract brush strokes, only to turn it right side up at the end revealing a celebrity portrait. You think it’s kind of terrible at first, but everything turns out right in the end.

I guess we’ll find out how good of an artist Sam Presti really is.

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