Presti: Thunder Focused On Progressing
Yet because Martin’s contract that will pay him $12.9 million this season expires this summer, the questions about his future have already begun. Presti, whose team’s payroll would have been nearing $100 million if he had given Harden the max and been subject to the harsh new luxury tax that kicks in next season, will weigh his options on that front like he does every other.
“The focus for everyone right now has to be on continuing to progress, continuing to grow, and we’ll address (Martin’s) situation at the appropriate time,” Presti told USA TODAY Sports. “But we’re really excited about having him here and I think he’s excited about being here.
“We feel strongly about the group that we have. We’ll look a little bit different, clearly. But we also feel that this team has a great deal of potential and are excited to watch the growth of these guys as the season progresses.”