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Thunder trying to snag first pick?

http://basketball.realgm.com/wiretap/228357/Thunder-Wolves-Blazers-Most-...

I know another Thunder thread, but that just goes to show you how many of us follow this team. I have no idea what they could trade to get the first pick, nor who they would pick. I'm guessing this wouldn't happen unless Ibaka was in the deal, and that's when the Thunder should walk away. If the Cavs are willing to take #12, #29, and one of either Jackson/Lamb and Jones than that might be an okay trade for both teams. While I don't think it's going to happen I do enjoy the fact that the Thunder are trying to get the first pick.


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First pick is unnecessary,

First pick is unnecessary, they should try for the 3-5 range and pick up Zeller.

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Unless the hype about Len is

Unless the hype about Len is true and they are targeting at him.

I agree, though, Zeller is a safe pick for OKC.

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Zeller will go between 7 and

Zeller will go between 7 and 12. He is not one of the clear top 6 players(noel, oladipo, len, mcclemore, bennett, porter). Zeller would be a great fit next to Ibaka, I think they should do what they can to get to move up to get him.

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I don't care much for hype,

I don't care much for hype, Zeller was more productive, has higher potential, and is a better fit for OKC. Len is not worth someone like Lamb which is probably who the Cavs would want. Thunder will be better off to snag something low-mid lottery and get Zeller for PJ3 and 1-2 of the other picks.

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They need to draft depth that

They need to draft depth that can score when kd or russ is on the bench and mainly aim for a established center like gortat of osik.
When they amnesty perkins or toss him in a deal for a seond round pick down the road. They can clearly wipe off his contract instead of amnesty.
It's annoying that they have so much talent but believe perkins is going to be their center for a championship team. Perkins has a pretty big contract for someone undersized and heavily over paid.

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I wonder if...

Sacramento would trade Jimmer and 7 to OKC for 12 and 29 or 12 and PJ3?

Not that I think Jimmer is great, but I've heard that the Kings are shopping him. Maybe the combination of taking him off their hands plus the inclusion of PJ3 or a package of picks might be enough to persuade them?

I feel like 7 is the highest they would need to go for Zeller.

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That wouldn't be too bad at

That wouldn't be too bad at all, grab Zeller & get Jimmer to come off the bench at the 1 or 2. Would help the Thunder in both post and outside shooting.

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If you were the cavs would

If you were the cavs would you take PJIII and Lamb for the #1 pick?

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Umm yeah in a heartbeat.

Umm yeah in a heartbeat. Sorry but #1 pick in this draft is not worth Lamb & PJ3. Way too much to give up, we've yet to see Lamb with significant minutes, I wouldn't be surprised at all if Lamb ends up better than anyone in this draft.

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I would take Lamb over any

I would take Lamb over any single person in this draft twice (except maybe Oladipo).

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was that a serious question?

Jones and Lamb are better than anyone in this draft. Just because OKC has a great team and those guys don't get minutes, doesn't mean OKC is going to give them away.

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Agreed

Plus the wouldn't take Zeller first anyway. The NBA drafts out of where you are slotted too much. They would end up taking Noel and Noel is too much like Ibaka in my opinion. But the main reason is that I am not ready to give up on Lamb yet. He would be a 5-8 pick in this year's draft and here is a link for his stats from last years summer league.

http://www.nba.com/summer-league/2012/players/sl_jeremy_lamb/

I remember watching his games last summer and being very impressed with him. And this was before I knew that OKC had a chance to acquire him. His 3 point shooting was lower than I thought it was, but there is no question that the kid can shoot and score. Can he play d though? That is the question that everyone asks. Kevin Martin was a terrible defender and no one seems to talk about that. K Martin is a pro in every sense of the word and I guess provided veteran leadership, but I feel like Lamb can replicate what he brought to the table offensively, only he is more athletic and younger, with a much lower pricetag. Although he probably won't be quite as efficient with his percentages right away though. This years summer league is going to be his chance to prove he is ready to take Martin's spot.

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Do a deal with the MAVs

It's no secret that the MAVs want out of there draft pick/Marion and they don't necessarily want a draft pick in return. Why don't the Thunder trade their late 1st round or future first and/or Jeremy Lamb to the Mavs for the number 13 pick and Marion? They will have the 12th and 13th picks in the draft. Which they can use to either move up to draft Zeller, or pick Zeller and Shabazz. Plus they have a playoff ready veteran with Marion. I think the Mavs would def like Jeremy Lamb or even Perry Jones.

I think the Mavs will either deal this pick/Mavs to the Pelicans for a low salary player or to the Cavs the 19th.

What do you guys think?

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I'd much rather have Mayo

I'd much rather have Mayo than Marion. I really like Marion but he won't be able to get 30mpg with Durant & Ibaka covering the 3 & 4. Marion with 6th man minutes won't equal a lot of scoring production, he needs minutes to get his stats.

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The only problem with this is...

the baller formerly known as Matrix will earn 9,066,796 in '13-'14. I think it is unlikely that the Thunder are willing to take on that kind of additional salary, even though he would be an UFA in '14-'15.

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I think the Thunder need to

I think the Thunder need to get another established vet or two. Someone tough who can provide some minutes at multiple positions. The young talent is nice but every year the Thunder are running into the problem of having to resign or trade guys. What kind of money will Reggie Jackson want if he keeps improving. Lamb could be a stud. What will he want? A team trying to win a championship shouldn't have to rely on 3-4 young guys giving the quality minutes.

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