Considering how much cap space and draft picks that OKC has would giving up anyone but Durant for Griffin be a smart move?
You have to remember that they really dont have anyone on their team taking a lot of money up and to get Griffin who at lot of OKC fans can relate too and pair him with Durant would be a great move and they can always fill their spots with the money they have and some other draft picks. Griffin and Durrant at the two forward spots. They could possibly lose Westbrook and Green but look Green plays the same positions as Durant but has to play power forward a position he may not be big enough to do and Westbrook is not a pure point. OKC could do this move and take back Davis contract to help the LAC save money and now all they would have to do now is to get shooting guard and maybe try to get a defensive Center. Kristic and Collison should a least be able to hold the fort with them having Griffin.
I wouldn't risk too much to get Griffin yet. Let's see how he does on the NBA level first.
Westbrook and Green are part of their future.
If they were to make a move of this manigtude now it would not hurt their develop long term much. Griffin is talented and he would get people in the stands that don't normally follow OKC basketball. He and Durrant could be a inside outside combo. I know it would be a tough decision but they more i think about it the more it makes sense.
The only way LAC would trade their pick to OKC would probably involve the #3 and Westbrook/Green, and I don't think it's worth it for OKC, and they seem pretty committed to keeping their core together.
Durant may turn into the best scorer in the league, they don't need a guy like Griffen to score. At this point they need coachable role players who fit well with Durant, not guys who are going to demand the ball and play average defense.
I would give up the 3 pick and Green to get Griffin definitley. But I would seriously doubt trading Westbrook.
I like Westbrook but still he is not a pure point and they have cap space to maybe get Sessions trade for Hinrich. Griffin will definitely help and he is a fan attraction. It is risky move but one that when people look back they will say it was the smartest move that OKC could do. The could pick up Sesstions and play him with Baron Davis since they both have size and either can play the point and they would have made people to pass to Griffin and Durant. They could get a big man next year when there is more available or get another draft pick this year by taking on a contract and grab Mullens. Mullens could eventually go down as more offensive minded Chandler. Mark my words he will be better than Thabeet if he can reach half his potential and I believe he can.
Giving up #3 and Green I think isn't the best choice for OKC. Green has become a solid #2/3 option on that team, and has become Durant's good friend off the court. Every team will be interested in Durant when he becomes a restricted free agent in a couple of years, and OKC has to do everything they can to keep him around, and trading his best friend probably would help.
You have to remember too that Griffen hasn't played a single NBA game yet and theres no guarantees he lives up to the hype, while in Green you already have a young, solid, and cheap player. Also that #3 pick could go towards drafting Harden, who many think is just as much a sure fire prospect as Griffen to become a solid NBA player, and it would be filling in a much needed hole in their lineup.
Right now OKC has 3 out of 5 positions filled with great young talent. As long as they keep their pick, they'll be one player away from having the hands down best young team in the league. If they trade 2 players for one, they set themselves back a year.
Signing sessions, and somehow getting a hold of Mullens aren't realistic. OKC will always have trouble signing players. It's a small market, and I imagine it's not the most exciting place, and at this point they are one of the worst teams in the league, lots of potential, but potential doesn't win games.
I think it would be a very smart move to get Griffin. I think he will be an all-star caliber player, and there are definitely no gaurantees at 3. I like Green, but I think he will have to eventually move to the bench because I don't think he is a pf. If you have Westbrook, Durant, and Griffin, you have 3 guys who have the potential to be top 5 at their position.
I know Green and the 3 pick is a lot, but Griffin would provide the Thunder with a much needed inside presence, and he can run the court well enough to keep up with Westbrook. With Thabo still developing at the 2, they have a defensive stopper to put on the other teams best scorer. And Kristic is more of a finesse 5, so him and Griffin would complement each other well.
Add in the fact that Griffin is a local fan favorite already and you have a great trade in my book.
OKC should keep everybody they have and draft James Harden with the third pick, trade next years 2nd round pick and 25th pick to trade p for BJ Mullins( they have to lottery pick next year), and sign Chris Anderson and Von Wafer for depth off of the bench. Von and James are the outside scorers that they need and hey should get many open looks because Kevin, Jeff, and Russell will have all of the defensive pressure and the Birdman and BJ Mullins will provide the interior defensive pressure they need until they get a real defensive Big Man
I think people need to realize that Green is 6'9 and 3/4 so he is not undersized at all at the PF spot. He's actually ideal size, maybe a little small but not much. All he's been doing this summer is working on rebounding and defense. Next year I see him averaging 17 and 9 with 1.5 blocks. Those are perfect pf numbers. How can you say he's not a PF when he can get those numbers. The thunder are fine, and I'd take green and harden over griffin alone anyday. If they go get a double double guy then they'll be one of the best teams in the league quickly. They should go get Chris andersen and trade for Kaman, Chandler, or Hawes. All those guys are still young and are double double machines. Perfect for this team.
this is stupid, do you realize how much they'd be giving up for griffin? The way you guys hype him up you make it sound like he's going to be one of the 5 greatest players of all time. It's a joke.
I think Griffin is just that good and also he is a bigger name to OKC. His name would get people to buy tickets. I never said this was a easy choice. That is why I started this web. I am undecided on it but after looking at the final. OKC will not do it unless they get bigger and stronger. Green is not that right now.
I Think That Would Be A great Fit For Blake Griffin.. Him And Durant Would Be Unstopable.... Okc Should Trade Jeff Green I Think He Would Be better Off With The Clippers He not doing nothing for Okc he not a true PF He More Of A SF...And The Clippers Need A SF Better than Thornton They Should Trade Russell Westbrook (If They Need To) He Would Fill In For Baron Davis If Gets Hurt Again....Then Trade The 3rd Pick to Them they are not going to be interest if it dont involve the 3rd pick So It Would Be Green/Westbrook/3rd pick for Blake Griffin....Then With okc 25th pick Get A Shooting Guard Like Christmas or Wayne Ellington Both Players Would Be A Extra Shooter To Get The Pressure Of Durant They Both Could Come In And Be A Great Player.. In The Future or Now or draft Tyler Hansbrough He Could Help out The Big Man With His Great Scoring... Then Sign an Free Agents.. Get Ramon Sessions He Would Be A Great Leader For Okc then get a center in the free agent pool to be a big force in the okc.... that would be a great choice... THe only thing the okc would have a problem is a center if it dont happen then draft hasheem thabeet for 3rd and the 25th draft Christmas/Ellington or Hansbrough
Nenad Kristic is alright for a Center if they get Griffin who is a great low post threat. Nick Colison is serviceable. They are young they can wait on a better Center prospect next year or trade for one like maybe grab Blantche from Wizards. OKC is a pimp on them draft picks and cap space they can make stuff happen but you have to look at foundation and to me Durant and Griffin is the ulitimate foundation. They already have a great bunch on bench players.
OKC is lack of true SG, this give less support of offence for the team, Richard Hamilton is an experinced player and he can truely help the team & KD. Richard Hamilton is 10M next year ,trade him by 3rd pick & watson do not affect salary cap much ,and Detroit can get a PG since Bulips leave, and Detroit have much chance to pick rubio, which can help the team rebulid.