This was largely the case during the Kawhi Leonard/Paul George news, which occurred during the dead of the night for the east coast and still rather late even for California residents who learned of the shocking Los Angeles Clippers dual All-Star acquisitions on Friday evening.
George's departure from Oklahoma City comes one year after he signed a four-year, $137 million deal with the Thunder.
With the luxury tax a concern for the Thunder front office, as now constructed they are still more than $14 million over the threshold, which would mean a luxury tax penalty of approximately $43 million.
The two-way star was an MVP candidate this past season, and averaged 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. Leonard reportedly recruited and pushed George to find a way to the Clippers.
"Thank you Oklahoma for two great years, you took me in as one of your own from the day I touched down", George wrote via Instagram on Saturday.
What's scary for fans in OKC is that George might not be the last superstar they see leave town this offseason.
For the Thunder, this marks the first look at a possible franchise reset since the team moved to Oklahoma City from Seattle, with Westbrook, 30, the final player remaining from the original team that relocated. He's got three years left on his contract and is due to make upward of $38 million this season.
The seismic news also leaves questions over George's soon-to-be-former teammate Westbrook, amid speculation that a rift between the pair helped pave the way for George to quit the team.