Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are still looking for a sidekick.
Could Lamb become that guy?
He clearly has talent, and the Thunder has a fantastic track record of developing youngsters. Durant. Westbrook. Harden. Serge Ibaka. Reggie Jackson. No reason to think Lamb couldn't join the list.
Just how good he can be remains to be seen, though. If he becomes that third option, then clearly the argument that the Thunder got nothing in the Harden deal doesn't hold up. But even if he just becomes a solid contributor off the bench this next season, that would be big.
The Thunder routinely needed more scoring from its second unit last season, so getting an average of eight or 10 points from Lamb, with an occasional 14- or 16-point game thrown in there, would be significant. That would not only help the team but would also signify that Lamb has grown and matured and might just be on his way to becoming something great.
We'll get our next look at him during the Orlando Pro Summer League, which starts July 7. It will continue the referendum on the Harden trade.
As of now, the deal has worked out much better for Houston. No two ways around that. Harden is a budding superstar. But if Lamb can emerge and contribute, it will make the Harden deal look a lot better on this side of the Red River.