Oklahoma City and the trade deadline are synonymous with one another. While you never know what the Thunder and Sam Presti are going to do, they’ve been active in literally every trade deadline since they’ve moved to Oklahoma City. They’ve made some sort of trade every year. Even if it’s something small like a trade exception or maybe trading Jeff Green for Kendrick Perkins.
In a post-Durant world, what can the Thunder do anyway? It’s a weird landscape they’re trying to maneuver through. They’re not contending any more. They’re fighting for their playoff lives right now, sitting seventh in the Western Conference.
Here are the Thunder’s assets and breakdown:
Traded Player Exceptions (TPEs):
- $7.5 million dollar trade exception – Good until November 1, 2017 (Obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers in the Ersan Ilyasova for Jerami Grant trade – 11/01/2016)
- Boston Celtics 2018 second round pick – Protected 31-55. If the pick is not conveyed in 2018, then the obligation to Oklahoma City expires (Obtained in the Perry Jones trade – 07/14/2015)
- 2017 Second round pick to Denver Nuggets – Pick traded to Denver in the Joffrey Lauvergne trade – 8/30/2016
- 2018 First round pick to Utah Jazz – Lottery protected until 2020. If no pick is conveyed by 2020, the Jazz will receive the Thunder’s 2nd round picks in 2021 and 2022. (Pick traded to Utah for Enes Kanter and Steve Novak – 02/19/2015)
- 2020 First round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers – Top 20 protected until 2021. If the first round pick is not conveyed by 2021, then the Thunder will send their 2nd round pick in 2022 and 2023 to Philadelphia. (Pick traded to Philadelphia for Jerami Grant – 11/01/2016)
Euro Stashes (that the team is actually keeping tabs on and developing):
- None currently
Domestic Stashes (Players the Thunder drafted (or have the rights to) who have yet to sign a pro contract):
- Dakari Johnson – No. 48 selected in the 2015 NBA draft – currently playing for the Oklahoma City Blue.
- Daniel Hamilton – No. 56 selected in the 2016 NBA draft – currently playing for the Oklahoma City Blue.
- Salary Cap: $94,143,000 — Luxury line: $113,287,000
- Thunder currently: $86,919,117
- Oklahoma City is $7,223,883 under the salary cap, 23rd highest in the NBA.
- They’re $26,367,883 below the luxury tax line.
- The Thunder have $109.4 million committed for the 2017-18 NBA season, fourth most in the NBA currrently.
- Oklahoma City currently has 15 guaranteed contracts
- Nick Collison, Anthony Morrow, and Joffrey Lauvergne are the only expiring contracts
- Small Forward – Kyle Singler, Jerami Grant, and Andre Roberson aren’t cutting in. Roberson playing at the three is really out of position. He’s a two-guard.
- Power Forward – While Domantas Sabonis is a rookie and learning, he’s the worst starting power forward based off PIE and PER for all 30 NBA starters.
- Backup point guard – Semaj Christon and Cameron Payne aren’t up to snuff and this could be improved through trades.
Players potentially moved
- Cameron Payne – PG – second year point guard, coming off an injury. Has been linked to Sacramento earlier this season.
- Enes Kanter – PF/C – Kanter has 1-2 years left on his deal, depending if he opts in on his final season. At $17.8 million next season, it’s a middle of the road contract and could be moved for the right price.
- Kyle Singler – SF – Singler hasn’t been living up to his expectations after shooting over 37 percent in Detroit. He’s a bench warmer and a fan unfavorite.
- Andre Roberson – SG – While Roberson’s defensive ability is one of the better ones in the association. His offense is lacking and that’s caused some contract issues with him and the Thunder. The reported prices from each were drastically different.All are potential and no real trade rumors have been linked to them unless it’s been accredited with a link.
- Wilson Chandler – Denver, SF/PF – Chandler is the perfect fit and has been linked to Oklahoma City off and on but the Nuggets are looking for at least a protected first for him.
- Carmelo Anthony – New York, SF – Given the source, Amico, it was still linked. Take with a grain of salt. Amico is wrong more often than he’s right.
- PJ Tucker – Phoenix, SF – Like Chandler, he’s been linked to Oklahoma City on numerous occasions but could be a decent and cheap player to trade for. The Suns want a young player and/or assets in return.
- Terrence Jones – New Orleans, PF – Jones is on a player minimum contract and could be a decent help for Domas Sabonis. The Pelicans want to move Jones after acquiring DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday night. They could off load him for little to nothing.