4 Potential trades OKC Thunder make to further upgrade roster

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OKC Thunder target Buddy Hield
SACRAMENTO, CA – APRIL 11: Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings looks on during the game against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center on April 11, 2018 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Four-Way Blockbuster

This is the most unlikely of the four trade scenario’s as one team is usually unhappy with the return. If there was a team to balk at the trade, it’s the Kings. However, knowing what Sacramento find fair is an impossible task. History shows Vlade Divac has traded more and received back much less time and again.

Cleveland Cavaliers GM Koby Altman announced that tanking isn’t an option despite losing LeBron James in free agency. In this trade, the Cavs receive Hassan Whiteside from the Miami Heat and Ben McLemore from the Sacramento.

Whiteside is a nice piece to pair with Kevin Love, anchoring their defense and giving Cleveland another rebounder. McLemore is on an expiring deal and offers little more than perimeter shooting. With the Cavs looking to move Kyle Korver, he is a cheap replacement should Altman trade him.

The Kings receive Jordan Clarkson from Cleveland and Singler from OKC. Clarkson is a hybrid guard capable of playing both the one and two spots. He’s primarily a scorer that gets to his spots at will and would be a nice fit alongside De’Aaron Fox. Singler is nothing more than a salary dump given the Kings have enough cap space to do so. The Thunder could throw in a second rounder to solidify the deal.

The Heat are desperate to get under the salary cap to avoid paying the tax. In this trade, they receive Cleveland center Tristan Thompson and Abrines from OKC. This transaction saves Miami roughly $2.5 million dollars, leaving them $1.9 million outside the cap.

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Thompson is more athletic than Whiteside and allows coach Erik Spoelstra to run smaller line-ups without sacrificing defense. He is a strong rebounder and his effort is unquestionable.

Abrines adds another perimeter threat beside Wayne Ellington. The Heat are a savvy ball moving club that gets players open allowing the Spaniard to fit perfectly into Miami’s system.

Oklahoma City receive shooting guard Buddy Hield and Labissiere from Sacramento. Its difficult to envision SacTown trading Hield as he is supposedly the next Steph Curry but for trade purposes, he ends up in OKC.

Hield shot an impressive 43.1 percent from deep and offers OKC a greater threat from range. Labissiere is a former first round pick that offers the Thunder depth at the power forward position. During his time at Sacramento he has shown flashes of ability, capable of shooting from range and playing on the block. He is young and on a controllable contract.