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Present tense: Thunder in trouble

Future bright for Oklahoma City, but team it's modeled after a step better so far

Originally Published: May 30, 2012
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- They have Kevin Durant under contract for four more years, Russell Westbrook not even launching into his contract extension until next season and Sam Presti's vision and ingenuity to make all the big decisions.

Which is why the Oklahoma City Thunder are on the short list of small-market teams that actually have a shot at following the San Antonio Spurs' (way) harder-than-it-looks blueprint.

Which is also why the Thunder -- who happen to be the only team on that ...

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