2. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Thunder might be in a position to start pivoting toward winning now that the three-headed monster of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, and Chet Holmgren is in place. However, Sam Presti is never one to turn down a deal, and he could use this to offload some excess talent.
The Thunder have nine players that were picked in the first round in the last five seasons on the roster right now. They can’t develop that much talent all at once. Getting some veterans in exchange for one of those players might be something Oklahoma City considers.
The Thunder could get older by trading with the Toronto Raptors.
The likes of Darius Bazley would be a fantastic addition, but JaMychal Green could also be worth going after. Presti has already said that the Thunder don’t plan to go into the season with Green on the roster, and Ujiri is not one to turn down the chance to add another veteran forward.
Oklahoma City needs someone with Birch’s girth and Mykhailiuk’s backcourt versatility. 11 Thunder players are 22 years old or younger, meaning that both players could sink into elder statesmen/glue guy roles as the young players start to find their footing.