June 15, 2024

The Oklahoma City Thunder must capitalize on their impressive ascent to the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference by making strategic moves this offseason. Despite their youthful roster, they fell short in the Playoffs against formidable opponents like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, a fate shared by many teams in the West. With a talented core already in place, the Thunder need to bolster their roster with immediate impact players instead of biding their time.

As the offseason unfolds, any available star-level player is likely to draw interest from Oklahoma City. Speculation has already surfaced regarding the potential return of Kevin Durant or the team’s quest for additional guard options to complement Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Trae Young | Atlanta Hawks | NBA.com

The market offers a plethora of high-caliber talent, including Dejounte Murray, Darius Garland, and Trae Young, all of whom could be targets for the Thunder.

Dejounte Murray | Atlanta Hawks | NBA.com

While securing their ideal trade targets is uncertain, the Thunder should also prepare a contingency plan, considering other elite options who could provide the final pieces needed for legitimate championship contention, transforming them from a youthful overachiever into a true contender.

Growing Up: Darius Garland | NBA.com

 

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