3 Available free agents Thunder must target to replace Josh Giddey

With Josh Giddey now in Chicago, the OKC Thunder should strongly consider adding a replacement playmaker to their talent pool.
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Devonte' Graham

Earlier this week, Devonte' Graham was tabbed as a player slated to hit the open market that the Thunder should consider pursuing to fill out their roster, and, since being deemed as so, the interest in seeing such a union has grown stronger and stronger.

After being traded from the San Antonio Spurs to the Charlotte Hornets, the 29-year-old was quickly waived and is still in the process of clearing waivers before hitting free agency.

Once he becomes fully available for the taking, it would be wise of Oklahoma City to consider targeting the veteran as a low-cost, high-upside guard talent for a multitude of reasons.

A proven facilitator who dishes out 8.5 dimes per 100 possessions for his career and sports a respectable assist percentage of 25.9, the 29-year-old is a crafty set-up artist whose set-up skills if surrounded by scoring studs like SGA, J-Dub, and Holmgren who can buy buckets from virtually anywhere on the hardwood could go on to see efficiency levels never seen before in his six-year career.

On top of his distribution abilities, Graham is also a highly capable scoring threat thanks to his nifty ball-handling abilities and clean shooting form. He's seen season-scoring averages as high as 18.2 points per game and, for his career, has dropped 21.9 per 100 possessions on 35.4 percent shooting from distance.

Admittedly, since departing from the Hornets back in 2021, the former Kansas standout has struggled mightily to find consistency in his game and within a team's rotation.

However, on a stable club surrounded by young and hungry talents all while being backed by the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, perhaps Graham could find a way to stop his slide and get back to the form that saw him finish fifth in the Most Improved Player award race just a few seasons back.