NBA Rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder unlikely to make trade

Apr 21, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Fan seating is adorned with free t-shirts prior to action between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder currently sit third in the Western Conference, but have been playing average ball in recent weeks.

Much of that is likely due to the lack of point guard Russell Westbrook, who is out nursing a knee injury.

Despite the questionable play as of late, general manager Sam Presti is content with his roster and while he’ll do his ‘due diligence’ in regards to the trade market, he’s not expecting to make a big splash – if any – come the NBA’s February trade deadline.

Sam Presti to @SportsAnimal on the trade deadline: “We’re going to do our due diligence, but we feel good about where we are.”

OKC isn’t exactly brimming with tradeable assets nor do they have many holes when healthy, so outside of some depth type trades, there’s not a lot for Presti to play with.

A healthy Thunder team is among the best in the league, so their best bet is to get Westbrook back and in game shape before the postseason.

Topics: Oklahoma City Thunder, Sam Presti

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  • Gregory Van Voorhis

    They have tons of tradeable assets, are you kidding me? Players filled with potential on rookie deals in Lamb, Adams, Jackson, Jones III, 2 first round picks this year, low salaried role players in Collison and Sefolosha, a couple of traded player exceptions (one of which is just over $7 mill)… We have the assets! We’re just not sure what to do with the threat of the tax and the threat of altering chemistry upon Russell’s return… I say a mini move is in order to get us a shooter and another PG…

    • Allen Gordon

      Amen, Brother! We desperately need a sharpshooter. I would be willing to sacrifice Lamb or PJ3. I think Sefolosha is too valuable on the defensive end and collision is backbone of that team. He knows his role and thrives at it.

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