The big news the last few days has been the apparent interest the Oklahoma City Thunder have in trading up in the upcoming NBA Draft.
It has been somewhat unclear so far who exactly the Thunder are interested in drafting by trading up.
Alex Len of Maryland is definitely one of the players that the Thunder could be targeting and according to Len, he believes he’s just who the Thunder want.
Interesting talk/interview with Alex Len. He said he thinks Cleveland trying to trade down to take him, OKC trying to trade up. (Atl too).
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) June 26, 2013
Yesterday, we heard that the Thunder would like to trade into the top five and possible even with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first pick. In either case, they could take Len.
Reports were that the Thunder wanted to trade Kendrick Perkins along with the 12th and 29th overall picks to move into the top five. That seems very unlikely though as no teams in the top five seem very interested in that.
Chad Ford said that for the Thunder to trade for the top pick, they’d probably have to include Serge Ibaka in a trade, which is also very unlikely from the Thunder’s side.
If the Thunder can get into the top five and get Len, I think it would be a great move, assuming of course that they don’t give up too much to get him. If they can convince a team that a combination of Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson and Perry Jones is worth a top five pick, they may be able to get Len.
But even that seems like a lot to give up. I mean, how much better will Len be than a player like Steven Adams? Would it be worth also letting go of the prospects of what Lamb, Jackson or Jones could develop into? Probably not.