Everybody loves some Beef Stew
Isaiah Stewart's nickname is beef stew, and in the cold Oklahoma winter months, everyone loves some beef stew right? Stewart is literally the exact type of player the Thunder need. This is not an exaggeration to state Stewart could elevate the team from a first or second-round exit to making the Western Conference Finals this year.
The Thunder needs more rebounding. Stewart averages 7.0 boards per game, which would rank second on the Thunder behind only Chet Holmgren, who averages 7.5 rebounds per game. Worried about three-point shooting? Stewart is a career 34 percent 3-point shooter. However, he is having a career year shooting 37.8 percent from distance, on over three attempts per game and over 120 on the season.
The Thunder get Isaiah Stewart, whereas the Pistons get Poku, Tre Mann, a 2024 first round pick via the Los Angeles Clippers, a 2025 second round pick, and a 2027 second round pick.
This may seem like a large haul for a player who is not well known, with that said Stewart signed an extension with the Pistons in the offseason, good for four years and $49-million. The deal is similar to Lu Dort's extension, but Stewart's deal is a straight $15-million each season, it does not increase or decrease, for a player of his caliber, his contract is a bargain.
Among various players around the league who could improve the Thunder and fill the holes that need to be filled, Stewart checks all the boxes, he can rebound, he can shoot, he is 6'8", and he weighs 250 pounds, so he also adds bruiser for inside. And, as an added bonus he is only 22 years old.
What do you think of these deals Thunder Nation? Would you be happy if they made any of them? How would you adjust these deals? Regardless, of whether any of these hypothetical deals transpire, or not it will be interesting what Presti and the Thunder front office have up their sleeves for the deadline, because it feels like it will not be quiet come deadline day.