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Cavaliers Considered Team In Top-3 Most Likely To Move Down

Jul 28, 2021 1:17 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have shown more willingness to move out of the top-3 than either the Detroit Pistons or Houston Rockets. The Cavaliers are further along in their hopes of competing for a playoff spot than either the Pistons or Rockets.

If the Oklahoma City Thunder are able to move up, the Cavaliers are the most likely trade partner. The question is whether the Thunder would agree to send Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in a package for No. 3.

“I’d personally stay where I’m at and take Evan Mobley or Jalen Green,” one GM said. “As much as I love Shai, he’s not quite at the same level those guys are and the Cavs really need a star.”

The Cavaliers have a decision to make this offseason as Colin Sexton becomes eligible for a contract extension and has reportedly been shopped.

 

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thunder Offer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, No. 6 To Pistons For No. 1

Jul 27, 2021 8:10 AM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have offered Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the No. 6 pick to the Detroit Pistons for the No. 1 overall pick in hopes of selecting Cade Cunningham, sources tell Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

The offer represents a change in thinking for the Thunder on Gilgeous-Alexander as each of the teams with the top-4 picks in 2020 were quickly rebuffed when inquiring on him last year. Gilgeous-Alexander is eligible for an extension this summer worth up to $168 million over five years. 

"It's going to take a f--king lot to get him, but he's no longer impossible to get," said one team executive. 

The Pistons have consistently sent a message to teams calling on No. 1 that they will require a first in this year's draft, future draft assets an an established young star.

Oklahoma City is expected to continue seeking ways to move up with the Toronto Raptors at No. 4 a possibility. 

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Tags: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Thunder Attempt To Trade Up In Draft

Jul 25, 2021 3:20 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been active in trade conversations on moving up in the draft with Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley rumored to be the prospects they're most interested in selecting.

The Thunder own picks No. 6, 16 and 18 in the first round this year in addition to more future draft picks than any other team in the NBA. Oklahoma City theoretically has enough assets to move up but the question is whether they will find the cost too exorbitant. 

If the Thunder stay at No. 6, they are connected to James Boutknight. Oklahoma City had interest in Bouknight dating back to last year's draft when he decided to remain at UConn. 

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Magic Like Scottie Barnes At No. 5, Thunder Prefer Barnes Or James Bouknight At No. 6

Jul 16, 2021 11:32 AM

The Orlando Magic are believed to be high on Scottie Barnes with the fifth pick, while the Oklahoma City Thunder prefer Barnes or James Bouknight at No. 6.

For weeks, Jonathan Kuminga was mentioned in the group of top-5 prospects in the draft but he has been "scarcely mentioned" as a possibility for either the Magic or Thunder at five and six.

Kuminga spent last season in the G League with the Ignite. While he's considered a prospect with considerable upside, he is further away from contributing in the NBA.

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Tags: Scottie Barnes, James Bouknight, Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Cavs, Rockets, Pelicans, Thunder Inquire With Pistons On Moving Up To No. 1

Jul 7, 2021 8:29 AM

In the weeks since the Detroit Pistons won the lottery to draft first overall, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder are among the teams who have inquired about moving up to No. 1, sources tell ESPN.

If a deal were to be consummated, it would more than likely occur closer to the draft.

"Detroit is comfortable standing pat at No. 1 and taking [Cade] Cunningham but will be active in exploring the possibility of trading down and obtaining additional assets, with [Evan ]Mobley a potential target if something gets done," writes Jonathan Givony. 

While Cunningham has widely been considered the consensus top prospect in the draft, multiple reports have suggested Detroit's Troy Weaver isn't necessarily sold on Cunningham. 

Givony writes that Cunningham remains "the overwhelming favorite to end up in Detroit at that spot still." 

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Tags: Cade Cunningham, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Vasilije Micic Signs Three-Year Extension With Anadolu Efes

Jul 1, 2021 9:13 AM

Vasilije Micic has signed a three-year extension with Anadolu Efes, though the deal has NBA outs for each of the next two summers.

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Micic's NBA rights in December. 

Micic is the reigning EuroLeague and Final Four MVP.

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Celtics Trade Kemba Walker, 16th Overall Pick To Thunder For Al Horford

Jun 18, 2021 9:50 AM

The Boston Celtics have agreed to trade Kemba Walker, the No. 16 pick in the 2021 draft and a 2025 second rounder to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown and a 2023 second round pick.

Horford left the Celtics to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2019 offseason. Horford has two years and $53.5 million left on his contract, with a partial guarantee of $14.5 million for 2022-23.

Walker is due $73 million over the next two seasons. With the Thunder in the middle of a rebuild, they plan on working with Walker as they previously did with Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Horford.

The move marks the first for Brad Stevens since taking over the Boston front office.

Oklahoma City now owns three first round picks in the 2021 NBA draft.

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Tags: Al Horford, Kemba Walker, Moses Brown, Boston Celtics, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Vasilije Micic, Thunder Likely To Wait Until After Draft To Decide On 21-22

Jun 13, 2021 1:10 PM

Vasilije Micic has emerged as one of the top players in Europe and his NBA rights are owned by the Oklahoma City Thunder following last year's trade with the Philadelphia 76ers involving Al Horford.

Micic was the 52nd overall pick in 2014 and currently plays for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul. Micic was MVP of the EuroLeague this season.

Micic and the Thunder each appear to prefer to wait until after the draft to make a decision on whether he will join the team.

Micic's agent, Misko Raznatovic, recently said he doesn't want him to have the same fate as Vassilis Spanoulis, who played sparingly in his one season in the NBA.

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Tags: Vasilje Micic, Oklahoma City Thunder, Anadolu Efes, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Teams

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Celtics Considered Pursuit Of Sam Presti Before Deciding On Brad Stevens

Jun 2, 2021 2:53 PM

The Boston Celtics considered other internal candidates and even pondered pursuing Sam Presti before hiring Brad Stevens to run their front office, sources tell Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer.

Presti is a native of Massachusetts and has run the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2007.

Stevens has no front office experience but has been in the NBA since 2013 in a head coaching capacity. 

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Thunder Sign Charlie Brown Jr. To Multi-Year Deal

May 15, 2021 5:26 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Charlie Brown Jr. to a multi-year contract.

Terms were not disclosed.

Brown is averaging 4.1 points and 1.8 rebounds on the season. 

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