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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Derrick Favors has opted in to his player option for the upcoming season. The 30-year-old will accept his $10.2 million option and remain with the team for the 2022-2023 campaign. This isn't too shocking as it's unlikely Favors would get more than $10 million in free agency. The former third overall pick has put together multiple successful seasons during his time with the Utah Jazz. Although, his best days are behind him as he'll likely play a minimal role off the bench with the Thunder next season.
Oklahoma City guard Luguentz Dort (shoulder) expects to be fully healthy within three months. The 22-year-old was lost for the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery back in March. It was a tough blow for OKC, primarily since Dort was averaging 17.2 points before succumbing to the injury. Nonetheless, it's unknown what the Thunder's roster will look like after the draft. However, Dort may still have some room to remain as productive in 2022-23.
Oklahoma City Thunder shooting guard Vit Krejci (knee) underwent arthroscopic left knee surgery Tuesday in an attempt to alleviate a nagging ailment that kept him from playing at 100% in 2021-22. Krejci appeared in 30 games (eight starts) for OKC and averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 boards, shooting 40.7% overall. A second-round selection in the 2020 NBA Draft, Krejci's deal for next year is only partially guaranteed, which doesn't cement him a spot on a rebuilding Thunder roster. The rookie delivered 10 PPG across six April contests and is on track to begin next season healthy.
Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander just wrapped up his third year with the franchise, the last two of which have seen the team combine for 46 regular-season wins. Despite that, Gilgeous-Alexander, the face of the team, remains committed, saying of his relationship with head coach Mark Daigneault and general manager Sam Presti, "Every time we talk, I get a little bit more excited I'm excited for the future," per Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman. The 23-year-old is coming off having set a career high in scoring (24.5 PPG) this year despite being setback by injuries once again. But he did attempt 18.8 shots on a nightly basis, an indication that his role as the primary scoring option with OKC is not going to change heading into 2022-23, further elevating his appeal as the Thunder work toward playoff contention again.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Jaylen Hoard played all but 70 seconds of Friday's loss to the Lakers, which enabled the 23-year-old to collect 27 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists in the team's penultimate game of the 2021-22 season. Hoard has been a late season breakout compiler for OKC, having averaged 24.7 points and 14.3 boards per game, all while shooting 56.1% overall in his last three contests. With the Thunder having just six players suit up, Hoard has reaped the benefits and delivered in spades. The team is unlikely to change its plan of attack for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Clippers, where Hoard's sizable workload should make him a DFS asset to target in all formats.