By now, you have read tons of articles about teams that will be knocking on the Thunder's door about a possible Chris Paul trade. But who is really in the race?
-In addition to Hardaway being sacrificed in such a trade, to make it all work money-wise, Delon Wright could also be involved. (Viable). And so would Dwight Powell. (Not a sacrifice everyone at Mavs HQ would endorse.)
That's two-plus vital pieces - to be used on the court or to be used in better future deals - for the expensive rental of a fine player who is 37 years old while still collecting his $44 million from Dallas.
While Fisher objects, this is the first trade Thunder fans might get behind. Giving up, Paul is not going to be easy, but at least Oklahoma City would get three players all under the age of 30.
Not sure how Powell figures into any deal being made, he suffered a season-ending Achilles tear in January, but he has a three year $33.000,000 extension. How willing Sam Presti would be to trade for a guy suffered a significant injury, even though he's said to be progressing towards a return, remains to be seen.
Any moves Presti makes are for the future, not for the present. Thunder fans may have to get used to missing the playoffs in the next couple of years to be successful down the road.
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With more than 20 years of experience hosting local and national radio shows, Erik Gee is a fixture of Oklahoma sports media. He has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for the past six seasons. He is also the co-host of the Pat Jones show on 97.1 The Sports Animal in Tulsa.