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The OKC Thunder Will Have Options This Summer

D.Michael LeeSenior Analyst IMay 27, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 07:  David Lee #42 of the New York Knicks shoots the ball over Gerald Wallace #3 of the Charlotte Bobcats on March 7, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are only a few pieces away from being a playoff contender. You may think I’m trying to be funny, but it’s true. The Thunder have a potential All-NBA player in Kevin Durant, a budding young point guard in Russell Westbrook, and a underrated Jeff Green.

There will be a few veterans available this offseason that could come in and help out the young Thunder, and here are three names that could on their radar.

David Lee 

If the Thunder decide to go for another scorer in the NBA Draft, such as James Harden, then bringing in David Lee to play in the paint would make a lot of sense. Lee was a double-double machine with the Knicks, averaging 16 points and nearly 12 boards a game this season.

Lee’s price tag may be higher than the Knicks want to invest in right now, so Lee could be there for the taking.

Allen Iverson

It seems like years ago since we have seen Allen Iverson on a basketball court. Since his failed stint in Detroit was cut short a few months ago, we have heard rumors about where A.I will end up as a free agent this summer. Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald wrote that Iverson’s career may very well be over.

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McGraw said of Iverson’s prospects “Add the fact that Denver made enormous improvements after trading Iverson for Chauncey Billups and it’s tough to imagine a team that would see Iverson as an asset.”

As hard as that is to believe that one of the most prolific scorers in NBA History could be an unwanted man by all 30 teams, in this salary cap crunch era, it's possible. Teams may express interest in Iverson coming in and playing a role similar to Stephon Marbury did in Boston, however his audition as a bench player went horrible in Detroit.

Ben Gordon

One of the more coveted free agents this year will be Ben Gordon of the Bulls. Gordon could get paid if he headed to OKC, and play alongside the dynamic Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Jeff Green, and whomever they draft at the third pick (Hasheem Thabeet?).

That lineup would be young, but on the rise. The Pistons could also express interest in Gordon; however, would he truly want to go from Chicago to Detroit to be a backup to Richard Hamilton?

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