NBA Trade Rumors: 7 Big Men the OKC Thunder Should Swap With Jeff Green

Zachary CohenContributor IIIFebruary 11, 2011

NBA Trade Rumors: 7 Big Men the OKC Thunder Should Swap With Jeff Green

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 29:  Anthony Parker #18 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds back teammate Anderson Varejao after he was called for a technical foul against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on December 29, 2010 in Ch
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    The Oklahoma City Thunder are taking the NBA by storm and they are doing so without any big contracts or egomaniacs on their team. The Thunder have built their team through the draft, and they have done that by selecting the best player available at the time they are picking. 

    This is the reason the Thunder have tons of talent, but lack a legitimate post player to get them to the next level.

    These players are available if the price is right.

    The Thunder could look to trade their talented young forward Jeff Green for a big man that can help them contend for a championship. 

Chris Kaman

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    Chris Kaman has been injured throughout the season, but he is slated to return very soon. Kaman has soft hands and a nice touch around the basket. He's a legit seven-footer and that alone makes him a defensive presence. 

    Last season, Kaman averaged 18.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He has proved that he can be a force in the league and with DeAndre Jordan playing well in Los Angeles, it appears that Kaman is expendable. 

    The Thunder could look to make a play on the talented big man before the trade deadline and if they do, look for them to make some noise in the playoffs. 

Antawn Jamison

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    Jamison must be depressed in Cleveland, and Cleveland management has definitely acknowledged that. They are actively trying to seek playoff teams that are interested in the 34-year-old.

    Jamison is a battle-tested stretch four that would fit perfectly into the what the Thunder are trying to do. 

    Jamison may not be young like the rest of the Thunder, but he can definitely help them this year in the playoffs. Jamison is averaging 17.3 points per game this season to go along with 6.6 rebounds per game. He may not provide the size the Thunder are looking for, but he is a relatively big body and a three-point threat who would fit nicely next to Serge Ibaka. 

Nene Hilario

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    With all of the rumors swirling around Carmelo Anthony, Nene decided to join the party and express his displeasure with Denver. Nene has said that he won't be in a Nuggets uniform next season because he feels underappreciated by the Denver front office. 

    This season, a contract year for Nene, has been one of the best he's had in his entire career. Nene is averaging 15.2 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season. He has been scoring the ball efficiently and has looked like a legitimate second option on a good team. He has strength around the rim and a decent jumper for a guy his size. 

    Nene is an expiring contract and the Thunder would have to find a way to get him to sign an extension next year, but if they can trade Green and a filler for a big guy like him, then they would be a seriously scary team to play against. 

Jason Thompson

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 15:  Jason Thompson #34 of the Sacramento Kings dunks the ball over Emeka Okafor #50 of the New Orleans Hornets  at the New Orleans Arena on December 15, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges
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    The Sacramento Kings have a large supply of talented young big men. Of all of these bigs, DeMarcus Cousins is the one untouchable player. All of the others seem to be tradeable, and the Kings would love to get a good scorer like Jeff Green to play small forward. 

    Jason Thompson is only 24 years old and is a very promising young talent. He could end up being a very good starting power forward, but as of right now he's still solid. He would fit in very well on the Thunder and would fit their fast playing style well. Thompson's numbers and minutes are down this year, but last season he averaged 12.5 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.

    His numbers are down with the arrival of Dalembert and Cousins, but he is still averaging 8.3 points per game and 5.6 rebounds per game. These aren't bad numbers considering he plays 21 minutes per game.

    This trade would benefit both teams for sure, and it could work out very well for Thompson in terms of confidence.  

Anthony Randolph

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    Anthony Randolph's value is way down this year as the Knicks have opted not to play Randolph in the rotation in New York. If the Thunder were to trade Green for Randolph they would most certainly get something else back in the package. They would be able to get another young player or maybe an expiring contract like Azubuike's, but Randolph would fit perfectly into the system. 

    Randolph hasn't played this season, so stats wouldn't tell anything about him. He is a long and freakishly athletic forward who can handle the ball and block shots.

    He would be a great energy guy for the Thunder. The type of guy who, almost every game, makes a big play that wakes up the crowd and gets them on their feet the rest of the game. 

    Randolph could be a good option for the Thunder as they would get him and something else from a New York team that has failed to even attempt to crack AR's potential. 

Ed Davis

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    Ed Davis has shown a lot of promise this season and a lot of people didn't expect it after he had a disappointing senior season at UNC. A lot of Toronto fans probably want to hold onto Davis as he is a young big man who can block shots, but something tells me that if this horrible Toronto team was offered a young proven talent in Green for Davis, they would accept. 

    In 21.5 minutes per game this season, Davis is averaging 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds to go along with 1.1 blocks. He has a knack for stopping the ball from going into the basket. 

    If the Thunder were to trade for Davis they would definitely play him more minutes than he's getting in Toronto and that would certainly increase his numbers. 

Anderson Varejao

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    Anderson Varejao just suffered a very serious injury and for that reason the Cavs are going to shut him down. This doesn't mean he is necessarily out for the season. If Varejao is traded to a playoff team, he could be back in mid-April. 

    Varejao is the perfect guy for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He brings an energy that is unmatched every single night and he would fit perfectly with the young team. Varejao can rebound the basketball and block shots. He does not need the ball a lot on offense and would definitely not cause any types of chemistry issues with the team. 

    Varejao knows how to play his role and, with the Thunder, he could help them win a championship. That's the type of player he is. 

Conclusion

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 3:  Jeff Green #22 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on November 3, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and
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    Jeff Green is a very talented player and is very young. That is the reason the Thunder will get a lot of value for him. These players listed are for the most part, young players who have proven themselves. The others are veterans who can step in and help them right now. 

    Some of these guys have big contracts, which would mean that Green would have to be packaged with a filler with a bad contract, but that's absolutely fine. 

    The Thunder are going to make noise in the NBA for years to come. With a big man, they may even cause a storm. 

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