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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Thomas Bryant #31 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) /

#1 Thomas Bryant

It’s clear that the Thunder require more size on their team. Bringing in Thomas Bryant could be a low-cost option that provides added leadership and experience. Because Bryant is still only 25 years old, playing at a fast pace in OKC shouldn’t be an issue for Bryant, for reference the Thunder played at a pace of 101.94, good for third in the league behind on the San Antonio Spurs and the Golden State Warriors.

Bryant spent the 2022-23 campaign split between the Los Angeles Lakers and he finished the season with the eventual NBA Champion Denver Nuggets. Bryant went from being a contributing piece on the Lakers to the end of the bench for Mike Malone on the Nuggets; for this reason, I expect he will test free agency this summer in search of playing time.

Bryant has a knack for disappearing, making him a poor option to be a main starter in this league. With that in mind, he would be a good option as a backup for Holmgren.

Bryant’s highest-scoring game last season came on January 22, where he scored 31 in a Lakers win over the Portland Trailblazers, do not let the outburst fool you he also put up two donuts while with the Nuggets.

Thomas Bryant has his flaws and can be inconsistent, but the Thunder would not be asking him to play a huge role and it is a role he has played efficiently in the past, if the price is right the Thunder should place a bet of a low-risk high payout option with Bryant.

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