Nothing gets me more amped than a 2:08 p.m. tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski relaying the Oklahoma City Thunder swooped in and stole a last second trade idea. It’s happened before and It’s sure to happen again. It’s one of Sam Presti’s monikers.
While not every move Presti move has been significant. There’s always some moving pieces happening. Some historic things as the Tyson Chandler thing and some things that changed the face of the franchise, ala, Kendrick Perkins. So, here are what the Thunder have done on trade deadline day in the Presti era.
Chris Smith and Joe Wilcox and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin to the Hornets/Pelicans for Tyson Chandler
When it came down to it, the Thunder medical staff had the big whiff, assuming Chandler’s foot had issues. That was untrue and Chandler went on to win Defensive Player of the Year and a ring with the Dallas Mavericks. This is one of the biggest what ifs in Thunder history.
Joe Wilcox to the New York Knicks for Malik Rose
Wilcox was supposed to be in New Orleans, instead he went to New York and Malik Rose appeared in 20 games for Oklahoma City, scoring only 5.0 points per game. This deal was done about 1 p.m. in the afternoon.
2009 first round pick (Taj Gibson) to Chicago for Thabo Sefolosha
It’s hard to believe both players would play in Oklahoma City at one point in their career. I guess that’s how the cookie crumbles. Sefolosha had fallen out of the rotation after being drafted in the first round. However, he was a staple and a big reason on why the Thunder became such a good defensive team. His time in Oklahoma City is well remembered. Another deadline buzzer beater for Presti.
Surprisingly, the Thunder made zero trades. They sat back and just chilled as they rolled to their first 50-win season.
Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic, cash and a 2012 1st round draft pick (Fab Melo) to the Boston Celtics for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson
I remember where I was when this went down. I was working for US Cellular and I was in a meeting. I get a text message at the time and I raced out of the meeting, onto my work computer and saw the trade. I wasn’t and still am not the biggest Green fan. The night before, Green had air-balled a game winning three against the Spurs and I was done with the former Georgetown Hoya. To my happiness, he was traded the next day. The rest was history. Oklahoma City became an entirely different team and eventually marched to the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. This was also done at the deadline buzzer.
Morris Peterson and D.J. White to the Charlotte Bobcats for Nazr Mohammed
DJ White was drafted in the same class as Serge Ibaka and Russell Westbrook. He was a stud at Indiana. Injuries and just a lack of separation from the rest of the talent eventually led to his demise in the NBA. If you can’t find a niche in the league, you’ll be out soon enough. Nazr Moahmmed, in all his wisdom and glory, found himself in the midst of a division winner and became as solid back up behind Perkins. This also wasn’t report for almost 20 minutes after the deadline had passed.
Again, a bit of a surprise. However, the Thunder did sign Derek Fisher in the buy out market as the Thunder would go to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, falling to the Miami Heat.
Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers for Giorgos Printezis. Oklahoma City also received a trade exception from Portland
Poor Maynor. A torn ACL and the guy never was the same. He struggled to meet old expectations and was shipped off to Portland for a player we’ll never hear of again. Derek Fisher was back to run the offense and Maynor fell off to the wayside. That trade exception expired by the way. (another buzzer beater)
A 2014 2nd round draft pick (Xavier Thames, who?) and cash to the New York Knicks for Ronnie Brewer
Brewer was an okay addition for a second round pick. He wasn’t of much value and didn’t really hurt the Thunder. He appeared in only 10 games, mainly mop up duty. (Announced after the deadline).
Every other year at this point, the Thunder are avoiding deals. They would sign Caron Butler in a buyout signing. Butler was with the Milwaukee Bucks, but was bought out a few days before.
Grant Jerrett, Kendrick Perkins, Tibor Pleiss and a 2017 first round draft pick to the Utah Jazz; the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Reggie Jackson to the Detroit Pistons; the Detroit Pistons traded D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and a 2019 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder; the Detroit Pistons traded a 2017 second round draft pick (Thomas Bryant, who?) to the Utah Jazz; and the Utah Jazz traded Enes Kanter and Steve Novak to the Oklahoma City Thunder. (UTA first round pick received from OKC is protected).
Yeah, tears of Joy for that long, bolded trade. Essentially, the Thunder sent Perkins to Utah for Kanter and they sent Jackson to Detroit for Singler and Augustin. Pleiss barely played with the Jazz and fizzled out quickly. We know about Singler.
Ish Smith, Latavious Williams, cash and a 2015 second round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for a 2016 second round draft pick. (NOLA 2015 second round pick received from Oklahoma City was protected and not conveyed). (OKC 2016 second round pick received from NOLA was protected and not conveyed).
This was just to free of some roster spots.
Traded D.J. Augustin, Steve Novak, a 2016 second round draft pick (Petr Cornelie, who!?) and a 2016 2nd round draft pick (Daniel Hamilton) to the Denver Nuggets for Randy Foye. (2016 second round picks from OKC to Denver are OKC pick and bottom-five protected Charlotte pick)
I never really cared for Foye’s time in Oklahoma City.
Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne to the Chicago Bulls for Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second round draft pick
I’ll miss Anthony Morrow but Cameron Payne looks more like a bust every day. Taj Gibson was a Godsend for the Thunder and McDermott wasn’t too fond of his playing time here. He spoke well of the city but didn’t like his role. He’es enjoying his time in New York City right now.
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