Think trade Thursday night.
The Oklahoma City Thunder certainly will be.
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.
In the Sam Presti era, the Thunder franchise has entered the draft with three picks on two other occasions. Neither time did the team use all three selections. In both years, 2007 and 2010, Presti traded up.
That could be the route the Thunder takes again, continuing what surely is only a circumstantial three-year cycle.
Multiple outlets in the days leading up to the draft reported that the Thunder were pushing to move up, possibly even for the top overall pick currently held by Cleveland. Much of the speculation is likely smoke and mirrors, as is typically the case in the final hours. Teams begin shopping their selections, trying desperately to sell them by floating scenarios with the hope of making their draft positions seem coveted and therefore more attractive.
But given the Thunder's numerous assets and its all-too familiar needs, there are plenty of reasons to believe Oklahoma City will again be active and aggressive.
Then there is Presti's history at the helm.
In each of his first four drafts, from 2007 to 2010, Presti put together packages to move up. Never has Presti traded back or out. He's always used the draft to move into better positions or stay put and select the player he feels fits best, regardless of where a player is projected.
It's not far-fetched to think Presti will stand pat again and take the best player available with the 12th overall selection. But that leaves the Thunder with the 29th and 32nd picks.
If the Thunder holds still, the team is widely believed to take an international player at either 29 or 32 and allow him to continue to develop overseas. But that would leave one other selection to figure out.
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.