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NBA Draft: Expect Oklahoma City Thunder to think trade Thursday night

With three of the top 32 selections in the NBA Draft, it appears inevitable that the Thunder will be at the center of trade discussions throughout the night.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: June 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm •  Published: June 27, 2013

Since the Thunder came out of its rebuilding phase in 2010, the team hasn't emerged from the draft with more than one player. In 2010, OKC packaged the 21st and 26th selections for the rights to 11th overall pick Cole Aldrich. The Thunder also traded the 18th overall pick, which turned into Eric Bledsoe, to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future first-round pick.

In 2011, the Thunder was content with Reggie Jackson.

Last year, the Thunder plucked Perry Jones III and called it a night.

Now, the Thunder is again in a position of power, with a lottery pick, a late first-round selection and the second selection of the second round.

Even though this draft is short on star potential, there is enough at the top of the draft to entice the Thunder to again move up.

Starting with Alex Len, the 7-foot-1 center out of Maryland.

He could be the Thunder's big man of the future.

Or a bust.

But with Kendrick Perkins' struggles this season and a shortage of proven players at the position behind him, the Thunder might consider this its best chance to land the big man everybody from Charles Barkley to Bill Simmons has long screamed it needs.

Another potential target is Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo. He doesn't fill a need, but he's an explosive and energetic player who might be the most ready player in this year's class.

Steven Adams, a Pittsburgh product, and Indiana's Cody Zeller could also be in play should the Thunder seek to move up. Both also are big men with intriguing potential and provide depth while filling a need going forward.

Nobody can predict what the Thunder will do.

But there's a good chance some sort of a trade could be coming.

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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