Grade the Trade: Thunder idea swaps Giddey for versatile 23-year-old power forward

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Grading the Trade: Should the Thunder say yes?

Dating back to midseason, Deni Avidja was a player that was rumored to be on the Thunder's radar, though, in the end, they opted to pursue the more experienced and proven Gordon Hayward on the trade market.

Now, four months later, it should go without saying that Oklahoma City wishes it could have a re-do of sorts on their deadline decision-making.

In a way, this proposed deal could be exactly that for the franchise.

Coming off a tremendous fourth season in the association, Avidja posted career highs virtually all across the board, as he finished with impressive per-game averages of 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists while shooting 50.6 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from deep.

Despite boasting an ideal modern-day power forward's build (6-foot-9, 210 pounds), with his ball handling, distribution, and inside-out scoring skills the former lottery pick has the ability to slot in anywhere from the three to, in some instances, a small-ball five, which would fit seamlessly into Mark Daigneault's highly versatile scheme and lineups.

Add all this to the fact that he won't even be turning 24 until January of next year and is attached to a borderline steal of a four-year, $55 million contract that will be kicking in this upcoming season, and a union between Avdija and the Thunder seems to have the potential of being an ideal, long-term scenario.

Grade: A