Watch for OKC Thunder to Be Active in NBA’s Trade Deadline Arms Race

January 10th, 2017 by Jon Hamm Leave a reply »

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 23-16, good for seventh in the West. They have a roomy seven game lead on the eighth-seeded Portland Trail Blazers through Monday night’s games.

However, the Thunder are 9.5 games back of where they prefer to be—a top-three spot in the conference. Getting back there this season probably isn’t realistic because the first step back to conference-heavyweight status is acquiring another star to pair with Russell Westbrook.

Finding the right one and having the right assets on hand is very tricky.

According to recent reports, a few stars could be available prior to the February 23 trade deadline. The Atlanta Hawks have reportedly been listening to offers for All-Star forward Paul Millsap, and Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher reported the Chicago Bulls have been shopping star swingman Jimmy Butler.

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski has since reported that Millsap is no longer on the trading block, but that Atlanta could "change course ... and return Millsap to the marketplace" over the next few weeks. 

Could either of those players ...

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