The rumors just keep coming in for the Oklahoma City Thunder and what their plans are tonight for the NBA Draft.
The consensus is that the Thunder are interested in trading to move somewhere. They just don’t like where they are with the 12th, 29th and 32nd overall picks apparently.
It makes sense since the Thunder wouldn’t want to add three rookies to their roster and they have the assets to make a run at a player they really love.
That player may be Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP played two seasons at Georgia and averaged 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season in his sophomore season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a hot name right now, the Georgia wing has been shooting up boards and now a lock to go no later than 9th. According to a source, Oklahoma City really is intrigued by Caldwell-Pope and would consider trading up to land him. Several teams I spoke with believe he is the target of several teams looking to jump the Thunder.
KCP flew under the radar for the most part due to the Bulldogs not having much team success. As the draft continues to draw near, Caldwell-Pope is being seen as a sure-fire lottery pick and possibly the best shooting guard in the class.
KCP is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds and a great athlete. He shot 37.3 percent from downtown last year in college while attempting 7.0 per game.
Athletes always seem like fine fits in OKC. He has the size to play the two in the NBA and could be a potential replacement for Thabo Sefolosha as the Thunder’s starting two down the road.
Chad Ford of ESPN has KCP going 9th overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves. DraftExpress and NBADraft.net also have KCP going 9th overall to Minnesota.
The Thunder would probably have to trade multiple picks and Jeremy Lamb or Perry Jones to move up enough spots to ensure being able to take KCP. Since Lamb plays the same position, maybe the Thunder would be more interested in dealing him to get KCP because they like KCP more.
Sheridan Hoops is also reporting that the Orlando Magic have engaged in talks with the Thunder about trading down and that the Thunder may also be interested in drafting Ben McLemore.