The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly interested in signing a third point guard for the roster.
Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson are currently the only two point guards on the roster. Neither is a true point guard, not that it’s likely for the Thunder to specifically target a true, distributing point guard for the number three spot on the depth chart.
Derek Fisher has to be the most likely player to be signed. He would likely be winning to accept a minimum salary, which is all the Thunder will be able to offer a player here to make sure they stay under the salary cap.
The most prominent player Tramel suggests the Thunder take a look at is Mo Williams. Tramel does say that the Thunder could only offer the minimum salary, which is probably a lot less than Williams would want to take.
Obviously, if the Thunder could somehow get a player of Williams’ caliber, it would be a huge acquisition for the team. It’s pretty unlikely though.
Nate Robinson, Beno Udrih, Aaron Brooks and D.J. Augustin are four other point guards Tramel mentions. Robinson is more than likely looking to parlay a big postseason into a big contract. Udrih, Brooks and Augustin may all be in play though.
Udrih made just $1.1 million last season and Brooks and Augustin could certainly decide to take the minimum to come to a winner.
I like the idea of Brooks and Augustin as guys who can come in with the potential to score a lot and change the face of the game. Brooks was once a very good starting point guard in this league and Augustin played with Kevin Durant in college at Texas. Both could be good fits.
As Tramel point out in the end, Fisher feels like the most likely third point guard to be added to the Thunder roster this summer. It might even make the most sense really, especially if none of these other players are looking to take minimum contracts.
The Thunder really don’t need to sign another player this summer though. They could wait until the start of the season, or even until late in the season to do so, which they did with Fisher the last two seasons.