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Deal or no deal: Three targets for the Thunder

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm •  Published: February 12, 2011
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A look at three potential trade targets for the Thunder:

Andris Biedrins, Golden State: Biedrins is owed $27 million over the next three seasons, including a player option for the 2013-14 season. That's a pretty penny for a player who's battled injuries the last two seasons. But just two years ago, Biedrins averaged 11.9 points (on 57.8 percent shooting) and 11.2 rebounds in just 30 minutes per game. And he's carrying a 1.2-blocked shot average for his career. Did we mention he's still just 24?

Anderson Varejao, Cleveland: The Thunder recently was linked to discussions involving the Cavs' big man, who is now out for the season with a torn ankle tendon. Varejao underwent successful surgery Saturday to repair the ruptured tendon and could be back to playing ball in June. But the question is whether he's now damaged goods. Varejao will make $25.2 million over the next three seasons and has a team option at $9.8 million for 2014-15. If the Thunder is comfortable with his recovery, and that investment, it's not out of the question we hear more about Varejao.

Samuel Dalembert, Sacramento: If it's interior defense the Thunder looks to add, Dalembert fits the bill. Even in a down year in which the Kings center is averaging the fewest minutes (20.6) since his rookie season, Dalembert is still swatting 1.6 shots per game. That's .3 fewer than his career average. The issue here, however, is Dalembert is an unrestricted free agent at season's end and could be had without the Thunder giving up a thing. And he would presumably come much cheaper than the $12.2 million he's earning this season.


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