Thunder in play for Doug McDermott

Oklahoma City has been linked to another Chicago Bull. This time it is Doug McDermott.

Royce Young of ESPN said Oklahoma City is hot on the tails of the third-year player out of Creighton. Oklahoma City was also linked to Taj Gibson earlier today.

McDermott was a three-time First-Team All-American at Creighton. He averaged 21.7 points in his four years as a Blue Jay.

Since McDermott, properly nicknamed McBuckets for his outstanding shooting ability, he’s played three years with Chicago. He was drafted 11th overall in 2014 by the Denver Nuggets, but his rights were traded on draft night to Chicago.

McDermott is averaging a career high 10.2 points per game on 37.6 percent from deep, also a career high, and 44.5 percent from the floor. His 25 minutes a contest are also a career high.

While McDermott can shoot the lights out, his defense leaves little to be desired. His defensive rating of 113 rivals that of Anthony Morrow. In fact, their offensive and defensive ratings are almost identical.

He’s set to make $2.4 million this season and the Bulls already picked up his option for 2017-18, giving him $3.3 million next season. He’ll be a restricted free agent if no one can sign him by Halloween.

A report earlier this week suggested that the Thunder would like to add a wing scorer to their roster. McDermott definietly fits that bill for Oklahoma City, but it’s weird you would trade for a player who’s similar to someone you already have. Except McDermott has about six years on Morrow. Oklahoma City has also been linked to Wilson Chandler this week. That’s no longer in the works according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

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