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Thabo Sefolosha unsure about future in Oklahoma City

Jun 1, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

Kevin Durant, Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha had been solidified as a starter for the Oklahoma City Thunder in his first five and a half seasons with the team, coming off the bench just once in 390 regular season appearances.

But this postseason was different. Scott Brooks used a better scorer and more athletic player in Reggie Jackson over the defensive-minded Sefolosha, who was essentially relegated to the bench for the last four games of the Western Conference Finals, save for some garbage time work in Game 5.

Sefolosha is an unrestricted free agent this summer, and the prospect of him returning to Oklahoma City is anything but certain.

From Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman:

“It was very frustrating,” Sefolosha said during his exit interview on Sunday afternoon. “It’s never easy. I would say the last month has been a little frustrating.”

“It’s just tough,” Sefolosha said. “You’ve got a lot of questions, like, why and what is the thought process necessarily behind it? Things like that. You just stick with the plan, stick with your teammates.”

“I have no clue,” Sefolosha said when asked if he expected to be back. “I’m going to have to take some time to think about a lot of things.”

If the Thunder plan on continuing with Jackson in the starting lineup (or even Caron Butler, as the team did in a couple of games against the Grizzlies), then it would probably best to let Sefolosha walk in free agency.

OKC has found its third reliable scoring option in Serge Ibaka, whose midrange game has become especially important when the offense breaks down and defenses force either Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook to make some difficult decisions. But they need reliable scoring off the bench.

In Game 6 against the Spurs, for example, all five bench points came from Derek Fisher, and Durant, Westbrook, Jackson and Ibaka were all forced to play way too many minutes because of that lack of offense from the reserves.

Sefolosha is a defensive specialist whose time with this Thunder team has passed. He needs to move on to play somewhere he can be properly utilized, and OKC needs to replace him with a reliable scoring option to improve the squad for next season.

  1. naterich21 - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Completely off-topic, but go look at the Rotoworld list on the right side of the page. Sterling is the 6th most searched ‘player.’

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2014 at 5:59 AM

      Lol! 4th now. Good observation.

  2. savvybynature - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    If his services aren’t retained by OKC, I hope the Spurs give him a look at as a 3-and-D guy to backup Leonard. He obviously wasn’t right this season, but imo he’d have great value off the bench, and the French connection with Parker and Diaw couldn’t hurt.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      Isn’t Thabo Swiss? I know he speaks French though. Maybe that’s close enough.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

        He’s not french, but he is g-h-e-t-t-o.

        The Thunder probably would have won a couple of championships now if they had not traded Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins. Thabo can play D, but Green is better overall and THE PERFECT THIRD OPTION for a strong offense.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:35 AM

        I’m not so big on Jeff Green. But if you look at the way Westbrook and Durant looked panicky yesterday – both of them played like they were rattled (both turned the ball over 7 times) – and that was also the case down the stretch of most of the games in the finals in 2012 (especially for Durant). I think that better explains why the Thunder haven’t won any championships.

      • spursareold - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        Thabo is Swiss, but he is also friends with Parker and Diaw.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Everybody be quiet. I’m trying to watch game 7 of the ECF’s. Indiana fought all year to get this game at home and they deserve our attention.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      I really enjoyed this comment.

      • bball242322 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        I really didn’t enjoy this comment

    • drunkenjunk - Jun 2, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      lol, thats all they needed to win it all.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

      IND -3.5

      MIA has no chance, they are done. Pacers in 7, book it.

    • bball242322 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Damn the Heat troll just couldn’t resist rubbing it in our faces. The Pacers will be back next year no doubt about it. And I’ll be right back here defending the Pacers from all the Pacer haters. Good season boys, Conference finalists 2 years in a row, not many teams can say that. Goodluck to the Spurs

  4. capspats - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Yea, if you click on him they even have a page on him and say he’s a center

  5. thekingdave - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    You’ve got to love a Heat troll.

    • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Pacers earned their trolling. As well as a home game tonight. You won’t read any such “trolling” about the Spurs.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

        Just wait for the article on Durant so I can drop the “Show Me Don’t Tweet Me” line ive been waiting to use

      • bball242322 - Jun 2, 2014 at 1:53 PM

        I absolutely HATE 1972wasalongtime ago. Such a deep burning hatred for this guy. He consistently talks trash about the Pacers for no reason. The Heat were expected to win the series, and they did, so give it a rest, you aren’t cool, you’re actually a huge tool

      • miamatt - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:11 PM

        ^^^^^
        1972 may be over the top, but he is most certainly not trolling the Pacers for no reason.

        It was the Pacers talking about getting the no. 1 seed in August.

        It was the Pacers who openly talked about wanting the Heat.

        It was the Pacers who couldn’t handle the pressure they put on themselves.

        It was the Pacers who cried about the officiating and openly disrespected the best player in the game out on the court in the ECF.

        And all along, there were hoards of Pacer fans (and like-minded anti-Heat fans) who talked talked talked, as though winning the East was Indiana’s inevitable destiny.

        Maybe you weren’t one of the arrogant loudmouths throughout the season; if that’s the case, @1972′s trolling isn’t meant for you.

        But the trolling WAS earned by the constant chatter and disrespect from both the Pacers and SOME of their fans. Actually, it was more than earned. It was demanded.

  6. ProBasketballPundit - Jun 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

    Sefolosha should be unsure about his future in the NBA. He’s looking like a veteran’s minimum guy to me lately.

  7. tombstone7 - Jun 2, 2014 at 3:43 AM

    OKC is not a first tier team…..they have no INSIDE GAME……2 + 1 athletes running up and down the court shooting lights out……no half court game……end of story!

    • unxpexted1 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:54 PM

      I don’t know how they could swing it, but if they could somehow get a Pau Gasol type player, that would be a perfect fit alongside Ibaka.

  8. time4complaints - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:42 AM

    He needs to take his talents to Houston. The Rockets are desperately in need of defensive help without bringing in a player that will complain about a lack of shots. Plus James Harden’s inability to adequately defend elite wing players was fully exposed in the playoffs. The Rockets need to cover up for that glaring weakness.

  9. sandersmarcus10 - Jun 2, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I just dont get there offense, run the clock down to 10 seconds and force the ball to Durrant or Westbrook Jump shot no post man, no bench

  10. enigma2742 - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    HE SHOULD RETIRE HIS DEFENSE ISNT AS GOOD AS YEARS PAST AND OFFENSIVELY HE MISSES OPEN THREES AND WHEN HE DRIVES HE WILL PROBABLY MISS A LAYUP HE SHOULD RETIRE

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