Oklahoma City Thunder: 5 Players Thunder Should Have Traded for
As the No. 1 team right now in the West, the Thunder weren't dumb by not making any moves. Their team is one of the most complete in the NBA, and not doing anything is a much better option than overpaying for something they don't need.
Each of the potential players outlined in this trade come with this caveat: None are worth it if they would have come too expensively for the Thunder. This team doesn't need a drastic change, but it could have benefited from adding a few players at key positions.
Here are five guys the Thunder should have tried to get and what they should have given up for them (each trade was run through ESPN's NBA Trade Machine and proven successful).
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Potential Trade: F/C Cole Aldrich, G Royal Ivey, and First-Round Pick to Charlotte for PG D.J. Augustin
One of the key positions that the Thunder need help at is the backup point guard spot. Normal backup point guard Eric Maynor went down with a knee injury earlier in the year and will not be available again until the beginning of next season.
Rookie Reggie Jackson has done a decent job of filling in, but he has struggled against some of the better teams on the Thunder's schedule.
Augustin is averaging 12 points and a little more than six assists per game as the starter for the Charlotte Bobcats. He's a solid all-around point guard, who would come at a fairly cheap price for the Thunder.
Giving up young big man Cole Aldrich would not be ideal, but it would be worth it to win a championship. Augustin would immediately upgrade the Thunder bench and probably be let go as a free agent in the offseason.
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Potential Trade: F/C Cole Aldrich, G Royal Ivey and First-Round Pick to Cleveland for PG Ramon Sessions
Sessions has averaged 10.4 points and 5.2 assists per game this season.
Not only would the addition of Sessions have helped the Thunder's bench unit, but it also would have prevented the Lakers from getting him and getting better.
Potential Trade: C Nazr Mohammed, SG Thabo Sefolosha and a First-Round Pick to Boston for Ray Allen
This is one of the more interesting trades that the Thunder could have looked into.
In Allen, they get a proven three-point man who is also a championship-caliber veteran. He could space the floor for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in the starting lineup while also contributing on defense.
The loss of Sefolosha would be a blow, as he is one of the best wing defenders in the game and still a young player. Mohammed is now 34 years old and nearing the end of a fantastic career. He gives the Boston frontcourt depth.
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Potential Trade: F/C Cole Aldrich and SG Daequan Cook to Minnesota for F Michael Beasley
This trade was very unlikely, but it would have been an immensely entertaining one. Beasley is averaging 11.8 points and 4.6 rebounds while shooting 43 percent from downtown off the bench for the Timberwolves. A Thunder bench that pairs him with James Harden would be one of the most offensively gifted in the league.
Minnesota would get a young shooting guard (something they needed) and a young, defensive big man to help beef them up in the frontcourt.
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Potential Trade: C Nazr Mohammed, SG Daequan Cook, G Royal Ivey and a First-Round Pick to Phoenix for Steve Nash
This is the most impossible trade on this list, but that's what makes it so much fun.
Nash is clearly one of the best point guards the game has ever seen. The Thunder and Nash would basically be renting each other for the rest of the season and playoffs in an effort to get each its first championship.
It is a fairly stiff price to pay for the Thunder, as they give up two young backup guards and a solid big man. The first-round pick is the main thing the Phoenix would want in order to help begin the rebuilding process.
Can you imagine Nash running the Thunder second unit and, at times, being on the floor with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant? Explosive offense, anyone?