Stealing one player from every Southwest Division team for the OKC Thunder

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Doug McDermott #17 of the San Antonio Spurs (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) /

OKC Thunder could find another perfect match with an old friend from San Anton.

What is this, A reunion episode? As much as the Kansas Jayhawk fan in me wanted to go with Deonte Graham, the small guard does not exactly fit with the OKC Thunder. Beyond Graham, you have an overload of youngsters the Spurs will not be eager to get rid of and Zach Collins, who seems poised to stay in San Antonio for the long haul.

That leaves Doug McDermott as the best trade target for the OKC Thunder to nab from the San Antonio Spurs. McDermott spent a whopping 22 games in Bricktown during the 2016-17 season, averaging six points, hauling in two rebounds, and shooting 36 percent from distance.

Last season for the San Antonio Spurs, McDermott shot 41 percent from three-point land to match his career average from beyond the arc. Now, at age 31, the power forward could cheaply fill one of the holes on this OKC Thunder team: Shooting.

The San Antonio Spurs, despite the Victor Wembanyama excitement, do not expect to be in the postseason mix and could be willing to part with “Dougie Buckets” for cheap.

The Creighton product is on a 13 million dollar expiring contract that could see him get moved for a similar package used to acquire Dario Saric this past deadline. The OKC Thunder grabbed Saric and used him down the stretch run of the season before saying thank you for your service and letting him hit the open market to sign with the Golden State Warriors.

If the OKC Thunder can bring in a 40-plus percent three-point shooter at the deadline, it would be a massive success for the franchise. While he will not steal headlines, that shooting can swing games in the young Thunder’s favor this season.

Trade Target: Doug McDermott.

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