What the Thunder should do
Trade...like a mad man, get Amir Johnson and number 15 while taking on some salary which they are in the position to do and considering how unlikely it will be to lure a big-time 2010 free agent to OKC, why not. Trade the 3rd pick down, whether Thabeet or Rubio, neither is worthy, rubio would be a further set back, it will take him time to develop and further more assimilate his style of play to the Thunder. Thabeet for his skill set isn't warrent of a 3, his footwork isn't convincing and seeing him against Blair and his avoidance of the pre-draft camp convinces he is a better shot block dalembart at best. Trade down, rubio slips trade to Kings for Hawes and 4th, Thabeet slips trade to Wiz for McGee and 5th. Then try to trade down again, maybe to Knicks so they can secure Curry and offer 24th and pick up someone like Nate Robinson, With 8 take someone like Derozan or trade the Wolves for their later 2 first round picks. You get the picture, the more wheeling and deeling the more veteren gotten or potential picks, its not that great of a draft and it somewhat flatlines somewhere around 9-11 so they can draft to their needs and end up with something like:
Worst case senario, stock up for a deeper draft next year while filling the main needs of a scoring 2 and defensive big man.
They should definitely do the trade with the Pistons. However, I wouldn't trade down from the 3rd pick unless the deal was super sweet. Drafting Harden with the 3rd pick is the way to go. Harden is a perfect fit. Now all the Thunder would have to do is find a big reliable post player. Then they would have a playoff team in just 2 years probably.
While I think that continually trading down pick by pick is unrealistic I agree that some moves definitely need to be made. If the Detroit trade rumors are true that leaves the Thunder with picks 3 and 15 in this draft along with two likely lottery selections next year (their own and an unprotected 1st from the Suns who I see missing the playoffs again next year). If possible I think OKC should try packaging some of these picks and one or two of their expiring contracts (such as Earl Watson) in order to obtain a proven veteran big man. With a lot of teams looking to unload contracts (the Hornets already tried to dump Chandler once before he failed the OKC physical, the Suns shopping Amare, and Toronto talking about moving Bosh, etc.) I think that is their best option. Obviously it remains difficult because whoever they trade for will have to be willing to sign long term. The reason I suggest trading for someone like this is because you already have 3 top 5 picks from the past 2 drafts starting and at some point those 3 along with 4 lottery selections in the next two drafts is going to create a serious logjam at certain positions and stunt some of those players growth. I think ideally the Thunder should try to trade for someone like Amare and then draft the best available 2 guard this year, Harden or DeRozan, depending on who Presti prefers.
I don't think the Kings would give up Spencer Hawes, he's one of the building blocks of the team.
I love Harden's game and I agree he would fit great, but is he that much of an upgrade on a player like ellington, the only real difference I see is Harden can create offense alot better for himself, having someone who can shoot like ellington could open up the floor for the other guys. I guess Parker and Manu work great together, it would be interesting with Durant in the mix. Harden is great.
yes he is a much better player than ellington. he can do more than just be a spot up shooter. and will give them an unselfish 2 guard that does not need the ball in his hands to make a great impact on the game. he can distribute score and potentially defend
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trade mason,rose,atkins, and wilkins for amare he would be a great fit in a small line up. He will be like he was before shaq came. get small forwards with other picks
They need a Center, so Thabeet seems to make sense.
I really think the Thunder could get both Thabeet and Harden if they wanted. They could take on some bad contracts because they have the cap space. They can also offer future draft picks as well as their later 1st round pick this year. Plus they have some people they could trade like Sefolosha, Kristic, some other foreign players.
That looks like a perfect young lineup to me.
I really don't think Green can play 4, so I'd try to trade him, but I'm not sure what. I do believe Harden is the best pick, but getting a David Lee in a trade to the Knicks would be a great pickup.
Green and Durant have become extremely close in their 2 years together. Following last offseason both of them took a week off before getting back in the gym and working out together. Durant is clearly the future of the franchise and I'm not sure the front office wants to trade away his best friend on the team if they want KD to resign longterm. Green also showed vast improvement from his rookie year to this year (increase of 6 ppg, 2 reb/g, .5 ast/g, .5 stl/g and his 3pt fg% went up 13% in only 6 more min/g). He has the versatility to start at the 4 and then play the rest of his minutes at the 3 whenever Durant is out of the game or if OKC decides to go big and play KD at the 2 and Green at the 3. Because of all this I think it would take a monster deal for Presti to consider moving him only 2 years after they selected him 5th overall.