The trade rumors have begun for the Oklahoma City Thunder, not that they ever really stop either.
FoxSports Ohio reported today that the Thunder would be willing to trade Jeremy Lamb if they could find a “more experienced (and consistent) player to come off the bench.”
Multiple league sources have said the Oklahoma City Thunder are willing to deal second-year guard Jeremy Lamb if they can find a more experienced (and consistent) player to come off the bench. Lamb has already been traded once — from the Rockets as part of the James Harden deal before last season.
There’s not too much to this rumor yet. Maybe this means the Thunder are already kind of shopping Lamb. We know they’ve probably been doing this before. On the other hand, you always want to keep your options open so it’s not a huge deal.
Lamb is averaging 8.9 points in 19.9 minutes per game off the bench this season. He’s shooting 45.0 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from three, both of which are solid percentages and right about where most of us hoped he’d be.
Lamb is still at times struggling to find exactly where to attack within the offense. But when things are going well for him, his shot is falling and he is confidently asserting himself with the drive, he is great.
I like what he can do on defense to by playing the passing lanes and using his long arms. Defensively is where he struggles the most as veterans like Kevin Martin can easily abuse him. That’s not a huge deal though considering he’s in just his second season. He definitely has the tools to improve on that end and being a part of the Thunder organization should only help him to do so.
The Thunder are right up against the luxury tax so it would be tough for them to trade Lamb for someone who is making more money this season. Of course, they could consider throwing in a Perry Jones or another asset to get around that.
There are always veteran swing players available, but I don’t see how many would be able to give the Thunder a lot more than what Lamb is. Maybe this season the Thunder could get a little boost with another veteran, but Lamb’s upside still seems too good to throw away for a rental.
The Thunder could be looking at the landscape of the NBA this season and thinking that this is a season where they could win a title for sure if they add another piece. Lamb’s optimistic play may have some other organizations out there valuing him a little more highly than they did after last season.
I believe that the Thunder are still in it to build a title contender for the next decade. I don’t see how trading Lamb now goes with that strategy. You can get Lamb for at least the rest of his rookie contract and it only appears like he is going to get better. That’s not much out there with better value than that.
It also needs to be mentioned that Thabo Sefolosha may be a free agent next summer if he does not sign an extension with the Thunder by June 30. Lamb could definitely be the starting two-guard of the future for this team.
This is obviously just a rumor so far. Until we start hearing other names that could be involved in a trade for Lamb, I’m not for this idea. At this point, it’d take a lot to convince me that trading Lamb is the right move. I love what I’ve seen from him so far. Sure, he’s been inconsistent but I still think he’s doing enough that he will be a valuable part of this team in the playoffs.