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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Tre Mann, G, 9 games played, 3.1 million.

Tre Mann finds himself on this list simply due to opportunity. The former first-round pick has plenty of wiggle on the perimeter, allowing him to create an insane amount of space as a scorer. His overall improved playmaking and decision-making could allow him to turn into a really lethal offensive weapon.

While some obvious defensive flaws exist, namely his frame, his level of engagement and active hands make those overcome-able with more chances to prove himself.

So far this season, albeit in garbage time save for a jump start spurt in Houston, Mann has shown vast improvement on that end of the floor.

Given the number of guards in Mark Daigneault's rotation, the OKC Thunder will be hard-pressed to find consistent playing time for the Florida product.

Mann is owed 4.9 million dollars on a club option next season, but if a guard-needy team views him as an upside play, he could be moved at the NBA Trade Deadline.