Posted November 30, 2011 on AP on Fox
When the Oklahoma City Thunder return from the NBA lockout, they'll be coming back to a brand new home. The Thunder's new practice facility will be open to players Thursday, although general manager Sam Presti said Wednesday that it's unclear how many players will report for the first day. Presti says he expects to ''probably see a steady stream of guys over the next few days,'' depending on where they scattered to during the extended offseason. Oklahoma City is in the unique position of having 13 players already under contract, so there's no need to make a major move during a condensed free agent signing period. Presti says he'll still make calls to see if he can improve the Thunder, who reached the Western Conference finals last season.
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