One player the Thunder should target on each team in the Southeast Division

P.J. Washington #25 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
P.J. Washington #25 of the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Isaac #1 of the Orlando Magic (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Orlando Magic: Jonathan Isaac

Okay, I know. I know. Injury concerns are more than prevalent with Isaac. Not to mention his fit…culturally with the team. Truth be told, Isaac has a ton of red flags. But if he could be had for Victor Oladipo, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and a 2nd round pick, you wouldn’t even consider it?

Before the ACL injury, Isaac was shaping up to be a premier defensive talent. He is lengthy and switchable; he can recover when he overextends himself trying to make plays. His second jump is deceptively quick, making for some unexpected blocks when guarding the rim. On the offensive end, he is primarily a play finisher. His shooting is passable enough for somebody with his defensive talent.

Isaac’s contract comes out to 17 million dollars per year, which is way too much for someone who sees the floor as little as he does. The catch with his deal is that most of that money is non-guaranteed. If Isaac can play a productive role for his team, he’ll get paid. If not, he will be waived saving the franchise a ton of money.

For good reason, I don’t believe the Thunder would make this move. There’s too much uncertainty, given how Isaac’s last few seasons have gone. But I must admit that adding a 6’11 defensive menace to this OKC team is the stuff of my dreams. Maybe we’ll have to look towards Milwaukee instead to find that guy.

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