2 Oklahoma City Thunder big men ‘available for next to nothing’

The usual buyers and sellers of the NBA trade market are back at it again this offseason. In the first group are the Boston Celtics, whose president of basketball operations Brad Stevens says he has the green light from ownership to be aggressive in the trade market. The latter group has its basement dwellers also run — which has been run by the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2017 trade between Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

OKC has 38 picks in the next seven NBA drafts, including a staggering four first-round picks in 2024. Thunder GM Sam Presti has amassed one of the most impressive troves of assets the league has ever seen. One day they will be able to cash in those chips and add a foundational piece around a burgeoning young core that includes Shai-Gilgeous Alexander, Josh Giddey and now 2022 NBA draft No. 2 Chet Holmgren.

That day is not in the foreseeable future. Once on-court results show this team is close, expect Presti to move his chips to the middle of the table like he did in 2017 when he acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in separate deals . Until then, the Thunder are in asset hoarding mode.

That could benefit the Boston Celtics profoundly. The Cs are looking for a backup big man after trading Daniel Theis, and according to MassLive’s Brian Robb, the Thunder have a pair they would part with for “almost nothing”. With that said, there’s a catch…

“Derrick Favors, JaMychal Green are a couple of names that are likely to be available for next to nothing at OKC but would probably be too expensive for Boston without yielding other salaries in a deal.”

Who the Boston Celtics could part with in a trade for Derrick Favors or JaMychal Green

When it comes to trading the Oklahoma City Thunder only players under 25 or for some reason Mike Muscala are of interest. Aside from Muscala, Favors and Green, every player in the Thunder roster is 25 or younger.

The Boston Celtics have two obvious youngsters in Grant Williams and Payton Pritchard who could be valuable to OKC, but it’s debatable whether it’s worth giving up on a deal for either of the two available Thunder Bigs. If anything, Brad Stevens should see if Presti would be willing to part with a draft pick to lock up a pair of promising young sharpshooters.

Anything else, and Stevens is likely to leave the negotiating table with the Thunder GM.

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