6 Trades That Could Take the Oklahoma City Thunder Over the Top

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6 Trades That Could Take the Oklahoma City Thunder Over the Top
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The Oklahoma City Thunder already have the best record in the Western Conference, but that doesn't mean they can't get better. The Thunder have some flaws, and as we near the NBA's trade deadline, it's time to figure out ways to mend them.

Every hypothetical Oklahoma City trade seems to center around Kendrick Perkins. How could all those deals not? 

Perkins has two years and $18.1 million left on his oft-criticized contract, and the Thunder, who have neglected to trade, amnesty or even bench a now-unproductive Perk, need to figure out some practical way to move him off the roster.

Realistically, sticking a draft pick to Perkins and letting another team take his 2015-expiring deal could be the best way to rid Oklahoma City of that money. And let's face it: If the Thunder were going to amnesty Perk, they would've done that already.

So Oklahoma City can use the Perkins contract to acquire some reinforcements either on the wing, where the Thunder have struggled to find consistent scoring from anyone whose last name isn't Durant, or in the frontcourt, where they have Steven Adams, Nick Collison and not much else.

On that note, here are six possible trades that could help the Thunder's chances at winning a title in 2014.

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