4 Potential trades OKC Thunder make to further upgrade roster

Billy Donovan, OKC Thunder (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder target CJ Miles
TORONTO, ON – APRIL 14: C.J. Miles #0 of the Toronto Raptors during their game against the Washington Wizards during Game One of the first round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 14, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** C.J. Miles /

Three Way trade

Since the Kawhi Leonard – Danny Green trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio, the Toronto Raptors are looking to unload salary to reduce its luxury tax bill. The Raps are in line to pay roughly $32 million in luxury tax.

Trading CJ Miles to OKC in exchange for Abrines saves Toronto close to $7 million dollars tax payments. Abrines is just 25 years old and reduces the jam at small forward. O.G Anunoby stands to be the main beneficiary of the trade, receiving more minutes when Miles departs.

The Thunder meanwhile receive a veteran who shot 36 percent from three last year on 454 attempts and brings added experience to the squad. Miles is on contract for two more seasons with a player option for 2019-20.

The Sacramento Kings have seven big men on their roster that features five power forwards. The Kings send Skal Labissiere to OKC and absorb Singler’s $5 million salary. The Thunder could throw in cash considerations to balance the deal while Sacramento helps clear a logjam of bigs. Though Singler is unlikely to contribute on court, Sacramento need small forwards thus he offers depth at the three spot.

Oklahoma City receive a power forward to back-up Patterson. Presti loves young guys on controllable contracts and Labissiere fits the mold. He has three years remaining with a team option for 2019-20 and potential qualifying offer in 2020-21.

Oklahoma City save $3 million in luxury tax with this trade.