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Oklahoma City Thunder: Loaded draft class gives Thunder plenty of options on Thursday night

by Anthony Slater Modified: June 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm •  Published: June 22, 2014

*Package for a veteran: Many have theorized that the Thunder’s primary task this offseason should be to find an established two-way shooting guard to slot in its starting lineup. Draft night might be the best time to find one. The ransom depends on the target. The Knicks might be willing to give up Iman Shumpert for a single pick. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo would likely cost both, plus one of OKC’s promising youngsters and some cap maneuvering. So it could get tricky. But there seems to be some appealing options available. And the Thunder has plenty to offer.

*Draft-and-stash: An avenue that might not excite Oklahoma City fans, but a path we know the Thunder is comfortable going down. Presti and his staff spend a ton of time scouting overseas, and there are some talented guys who seem destined for that 21-30 range in this draft. Clint Capela might be the most intriguing of the group, a 6-foot-11 power forward whom some have compared to a young Serge Ibaka. Only 20, he has perfect draft-and-stash potential, giving the Thunder the rights to a highly touted prospect without constraining the team financially heading into an important free agency period.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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