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Trading season about to begin for Thunder

by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 5, 2009
It’s no secret around the NBA that anyone on the Thunder’s roster not named Kevin Durant, Jeff Green or Russell Westbrook can be had for the right price.

Exactly what that asking price is will be made clear over the next six weeks as the Feb. 19 trading deadline nears and deals are consummated. The Thunder, however, will certainly be in the thick of this year’s trading flurry as it continues reconstructing its roster.

Oklahoma City is filled with attractive pieces, from players with expiring contracts in Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and Desmond Mason, to veterans like Nick Collison and Earl Watson who could be valuable additions to playoff teams.

If we know anything about what kind of value general manager Sam Presti seeks, we know he covets players who fit his desired defensive philosophy, and we know he will not take on any high-priced contracts that will destroy the franchise’s upcoming salary-cap space.

Presti also has made it clear, through the recent signing of Nenad Krstic and the attempted signing of C.J. Miles last summer, that any acquisition must be a player capable of contributing now as well as in the future. A perimeter shooter, better interior defense and rebounding and improved scoring off the bench are obvious needs that could be addressed as well.

Given what we know today, here are five attractive trading partners for the Thunder.

→Milwaukee: Charlie Villanueva and Tyronn Lue have recently been rumored to be on the move, with the Thunder named as a potential landing spot. Thunder Rumblings: Getting to know Robert Swift

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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