Feb. 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins against the Phoenix Suns at the US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Trade Rumors: OKC Thunder trying to package Perkins for top 5 pick?


The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly trying to do the impossible.

Reports have surfaced that the Thunder are interested in packaging Kendrick Perkins and the 12th and 29th overall picks in the 2013 NBA Draft to try and move into the top five.

Elsewhere, a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick. But the Thunder have had no takers either.

Via Andy Katz/ESPN.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns make up the top five in that order. Are any of those teams in need of a little Perkins in their lives? I doubt it.

The real news here is that the Thunder have a desire to move up in the draft. That must mean there is a player out there that Thunder GM Sam Presti really likes.

Most experts believe the Thunder will go with a big man with their first draft pick and if they were to stay at No. 12, that might mean a player like Steven Adams. By moving into the top five, the likes of Alex Len and even Nerlens Noel could become possibilities.

The Thunder could also be thinking about a two guard in Victor Oladipo or Ben McLemore to help replace the inevitable departure of Kevin Martin.

The Thunder are more than likely going to have to come up with a sexier package than Perkins and a couple of picks if they want to be a part of the top five. Maybe including some combination of Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones and Reggie Jackson could make a team think twice about trading a top five pick.

For now, this seems like something that has very little chance of going down.

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  • Dr Swishhh

    If Lamb had played another year he may have been a top five pick with improvement and in a weaker draft. Patience is a virtue.

    • Tynan Patrick

      I wouldnt part with any thunder players, but the picks wouldnt be that high of a price to pay to go get Len if CLE doesnt take him at one. i think Orlando might be willing to deal.

      • akennedy13

        Yeah I think giving up Lamb and Jones for a top 5 pick might not be a good idea. I’m all for Perkins and 2 picks to move up to get Len though but no one will do that lol

  • http://fansided.com Zach

    I would LOVE to trade Perkins!