The Oklahoma City Thunder scanned the trade landscape at this year's deadline and concluded that there were not any stars available, Had there been the right player the Thunder could have spent out of a deep collection of draft capital, but such a player didn't appear to be gettable. In fact, the only player traded on deadline day who had made an All-Star team was Gordon Hayward, whom the Thunder did trade for.
OKC sent a trio of players and a pair of second-round picks to the Charlotte Hornets to bring back the versatile and experienced Hayward. He was the only player acquired, however, as the Thunder otherwise stayed quiet as 38 other players changed teams on deadline day alone.
Should the Thunder have gotten into the mix for any of those players? It's hard to quibble with what they did given the future flexibility it opened up, but let's look at three players moved at the Trade Deadline who would have been intriguing options for Sam Presti and company to snag.
No. 3: Ochai Agbaji
Last season the Utah Jazz rebuffed any attempts by teams to trade for swingman Ochai Agbaji, a lottery pick out of Kansas whom the Cleveland Cavaliers included in the Donovan Mitchell trade. This year, Agbaji's stalled development meant that he was essentially a throw-in to the deal sending Kelly Olynyk to the Toronto Raptors.
The swing skill for Agbaji will be his 3-point shot; he isn't a shot creator, he doesn't make plays for others and he's a good, not elite, defender. On 375 3-point attempts in the NBA Agbaji has shot only 34.1 percent; if that doesn't improve he will be out of the league in a few seasons. Yet Agbaji looks the part, has the skillset to be a 3-and-D player, and contending teams like the Thunder always need that skillset. It may have been worth a flier to find out if he can get back on track.