NBA Trade Rumors: Five Reasons Why OKC Should Wait Until the Summer To Move

Casey WomackCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2010

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If you have read any of my articles about the Thunder this season, you know how excited I would be to have Chris the summer.

There is no realistic trade that could possibly happen during the season that would be worth giving up one of the young promising players on the team. Although, this team could definitely take the next step if they make the right moves this off season.

Anyone, myself included, who has speculated on the Thunder as part of a trade rumor has opted for giving up Jeff Green, a rookie like Maynor or Harden, and a draft pick. Although, Thunder GM Sam Presti is a smart man and wouldn't dare give up anyone during the season. 

The Thunder is 29-21 heading into Tuesday night's game against Portland. Obviously this squad is working. Like the old phrase, "if it's not broke, don't fix it". 

If they wait until the summer, they can add one more piece to the championship puzzle without being set back another two. Bringing Chris Bosh to the Thunder in the summer would be a huge win for everyone involved, especially Jeff Green.

I'd rather see Bosh and Green play on the court as a nasty duo than see them play against each other. Both of them are hybrid type players and would compliment each other so well along with Durant and Westbrook. 

Therefore, there are five main reasons the Thunder need to bite the bullet and wait until the summer.


1. Try and actually have Bosh for a few years, not just half a season

If the Thunder were to trade for Bosh now, he could just jet in the summer because of his free agency. How much would that suck? Giving up such promising players for half a season for an average playoff appearance? Ouch.


2. Team chemistry

The Thunder have the best team chemistry in the league. I've said it many times and I'll keep saying it until everyone on this site hears it. 

Giving away core players would mess up the gel they already have. In practice, teammates would not know each other as well and would be hesitant to push the new guys, fearing conflicts.

3. The potential of the young guys

As much as I want Bosh, it wouldn't be the end of the world. I'm extremely excited to have Serge Ibaka. He's probably the best unknown player in the league and is making his mark in every game with his defensive presence and energy.

If the Thunder do not go after a veteran big man, Ibaka will be starting by next year. Plus, players like Harden, Green, Maynor, Westbrook, Durant and basically the entire team could have the rare chance of staying great friends and not ever wanting to leave. They could actually play the majority of their careers together, pending conflicts (knock on wood).


4. Cap space

As much as I hate to talk about the financial part of basketball, it would be for the better if Oklahoma City held out. 

What player is honestly worth giving up the amount of space they have built up right now for the remainder of the season? It's not like we're gonna get LeBron or Kobe. There isn't any realistic player that would be worth it.

5. Jeff Green will be a monster in the future

I just like the guy. He has so much upside through mismatches and his physical talent that it would literally hurt a little bit to see him go. He will continue to work on his weaknesses and could be to Durant what Pippen was to Jordan. 

I'm almost positive Presti knows what Green will turn into and is being smart in keeping him. If we traded him to some place like Toronto and saw him turn into a star and make All-Star games, I would want to hurt myself. That would be the worst feeling in my basketball world. Keep the guy, sit back and enjoy.