Three Free Agents the OKC Thunder should make a run at this July to guarantee a playoff berth

Blake Griffin #91 of the Boston Celtics(Photo by Brian Fluharty/Getty Images)
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#2 Andre Drummond

Presti and the Thunder should consider signing Andre Drummond because he would be a great addition to the team. Drummond is a dominant backup center who can score, rebound, and defend. He would give the Thunder a much-needed presence in the paint and would make life easier for the team’s plethora of guards by opening up the paint for them. Additionally, Drummond is younger than other options available and has plenty of knowledge he can offer Thunder rookie Chet Holmgren. Overall, the OKC Thunder would be wise to make a move for him, it would be a low-risk high-reward signing, that could pay off come playoff time.

Drummond appeared in 67 games for the Chicago Bulls last season, despite not starting a single contest Drummond still placed in the top 60 in total rebounds among over 530 players, collecting 444 in only 849 minutes. Thunder placed 14th in rebounds per game last season grabbing roughly 43 per game, while that initially seems good, they were only five rebounds ahead of the Dallas Mavericks who placed dead last grabbing only 38 per contest. Holmgren will undoubtingly improve the number, but it would be unfair and unrealistic to expect a rookie to come in and clean up OKC’s different flaws.

Therefore, that is where Drummond comes in, he already played a similar role for former Thunder head coach Billy Donovan last season in Chicago, it is unclear where the Bulls are headed, but the Thunder are trending upwards and could be a attractive option for Drummond on the open market once free agency opens.