A superb prospect, Mirotic's drawback is he recently agreed to a three-year extension with Real Madrid in Spain. He is now signed through the 2015-16 season, is making the money of a Top-10 draft pick and has a hefty NBA buyout of 2.5 million euros ($3.58 million).
With 13 of its 15 roster players signed at least through next season – plus the possible returns of restricted free agent Daequan Cook and unrestricted free agent Nazr Mohammed – the Thunder is able to be patient and wait on Mirotic.
— If swapping this year's No. 24 pick straight up isn't attractive enough, and there's a good chance it won't be, what about a deal that includes the draft pick, reserve center Byron Mullens and veteran guard Nate Robinson?
Mullens trails rookie Cole Aldrich in the Thunder's race for backup center, but Mullens might be easy to peddle with his $1,288,200 salary next season and a team option the following year.
Robinson is guaranteed a lofty $4.5 million next season but could have a suitor because it is the final year of his contract.
Trading all three players would bring the Thunder roughly $6.7 million in equal compensation, but might not be tantalizing enough as trade bait.