3 Players the OKC Thunder can afford to trade: 3 they must protect ahead of NBA Trade Deadline

The NBA Trade Deadline will be a hot topic for OKC Thunder fans, and there are three players the Thunder can afford to trade and three they must keep.

Dec 2, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) warms up
Dec 2, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Aleksej Pokusevski (17) warms up / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are off to a fantastic start this season. So far, the Thunder have passed each checkpoint of the season with flying colors. Ten game mark? Check, 20? Check. Christmas time? Check. All-Star voting opening up? Check—a consistently good team over a quarter of the way through the season.

With a 17-8 record and the mountain of assets the Thunder have, the NBA Trade Deadline will be a hot topic for OKC Thunder fans to discuss. Who should stay? Who should go? Will Sam Presti make a massive splash? The debates will rage on.

So, as we sit here, waiting for the final verdict on this first acquisition window of this young core, who are three players the Thunder can afford to move on from? Are there 3 untouchable players on the roster?

Three players the OKC Thunder can afford to move on from at the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline, and three they must keep.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have the chance to be active at the NBA Trade Deadline. While they have the ammo for a big splash, the housekeeping route might be more likely.

Such as last season when they still netted Dario Saric, who replaced Muscala's production but picked up a pair of two-second picks and shredded Darius Bazley in the process.

Let's get into the three players the OKC Thunder can afford to move on from at the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline.