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Oklahoma City Thunder holds good cards

Oklahoman Modified: February 8, 2009 at 12:08 am •  Published: February 8, 2009
might be the No. 1 overall player in 2010 after playing one year in college.

"Draft picks are assets other teams value,” Presti said. "Having flexibility gives us various options.”

What are Presti’s options?

→Presti can package Phoenix’s, Denver’s or San Antonio’s picks, plus the Thunder’s first-round pick this season, to move up a couple of spots in the draft to take someone like OU’s Blake Griffin.

→Presti can keep the picks and draft rookies to complement a young team that has improved in recent weeks.

→Presti can use one or more of the draft picks to acquire a veteran player at a cap-friendly salary.

"There’s a lot of different ways to build your team,” Presti said. "We have to make good decisions.”

Fans love Nash and Shaq. But no one could blame Thunder fans if they root against the Suns.

The more games Phoenix loses the next 12 months, the more it increases the value of the Suns’ 2010 pick.