One of the hot topics that will come up with Russell Westbrook’s injury is whether or not the Thunder will make a trade now because of the injury.
The Thunder still have two points guards left on the roster with Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher, but Fisher is hardly a point guard anymore. It might make sense for the Thunder to look to make a trade to improve at the backup point position.
Here is what Thunder GM Sam Presti said in a conference call after the news broke about Westbrook yesterday:
Presti on possibly adding another player: “We haven’t really sat down and analyzed that at this point.”
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) December 27, 2013
It is obviously early and we couldn’t have expected Presti to answer this question much differently.
One thing that we know about the Thunder and the situation they have decided to get themselves into, is that it is one where they can be more flexible in constructing their roster. Part of that means being able to make moves.
I think that it is always kind of on their minds to be looking to pull off a trade by the deadline in every season going forward. If the Thunder begin to really struggle without Russ, and I think they will, the pressure might increase in terms of pulling off a trade to bring in another point guard.
The assets the Thunder currently possess include some future first round draft picks, Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones, Ryan Gomes, Hasheem Thabeet…
There’s really not a lot the Thunder can use in a trade and we don’t really know who might be available or who would be on Presti’s radar at this moment.
I do think the Thunder would be better off making some kind of mood. I didn’t mind how Fisher was playing with Westbrook healthy, but if he’s going to be running the second unit, that will be trouble.
The Thunder should try to target a point guard who can come in and give some quick offense, or even just a tradition point guard that can really run an offense. And a traditional point is really something the Thunder don’t have at all right now.
I’m sure we will hear more about the prospects of the Thunder making a trade in the coming months.