March 22, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Michigan State Spartans forward Draymond Green (23) reacts after a play during the first half in the semifinals of the west region of the 2012 NCAA men

NBA Draft Rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder not interested in keeping their first round pick


The Oklahoma City Thunder currently have the 28th pick in the upcoming NBA Draft after finishing the regular season with the third-best record in the league.

The Thunder have a young core of players that they put a lot of work in to build and it looks like they may not be interested in keeping their pick.

The Thunder hold pick No. 28, but it’s unlikely that they’ll keep it. Sources close to the situation say that Oklahoma City is satisfied with their young core and they aren’t interested in paying a prospect guaranteed money when he likely won’t be part of the rotation. The Thunder will likely trade or sell the pick. If they aren’t able to move the selection, expect them to draft a foreign player who they can keep overseas for several years.

via Alex Kennedy, HoopsWorld

This isn’t much of a shocker here. The Thunder are most interested in winning a championship right now. The Draft is more about building for the future and the Thunder have already done that before.

Draft Express currently projects the Thunder to draft Michigan State forward Draymond Green. If the Thunder keep their pick, a player like Green would be someone you would expect them to end up drafting.

Green isn’t someone that would make an immediate impact on their current roster so you can see why the Thunder are interested in moving the pick.

If the Thunder were to pick a foreign player, Evan Fournier of France is a player that has been projected to be selected by the Thunder.

Fournier, 19, is a 6-foot-6 shooting guard that has drawn comparisons to John Salmons, Marco Belinelli and Chris Douglas-Roberts. He is a player that the Thunder could draft and let him play another year oversees before coming over to the NBA.

The reality is that the Thunder are in the NBA Finals right now. They are unlikely to make any big moves centered around the NBA Draft to improve their roster.

But they have been a great drafting franchise over these past few years and making savvy decisions late in the Draft might be their next step toward becoming a dynasty a la San Antonio.

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