3 realistic moves Thunder could make with No. 12 pick in 2024 NBA Draft

The OKC Thunder could realistically make a few strategic moves with their 12 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft.
Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
Sam Presti speaks to the press in Oklahoma City, on Tuesday, May 28, 2024. / NATHAN J. FISH/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY
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Move No. 2) Thunder package No. 12 pick and future capital to move up

Of all the possible moves the Thunder could make involving their 12 overall pick, recent rumblings suggest that they are now seriously interested in the idea of trading up on next Wednesday's draft board.

As already noted, this year's incoming rookie class is widely considered by many to be rather lacking in upside from a talent perspective, with some going as far as to compare the top-five selections to the value of a mid-lottery pick in years past.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that guys like Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo of ESPN have broken word that OKC has expressed intrigue in possibly moving up in the draft, particularly to snatch up one of this year's more coveted prospects, Donovan Clingan.

Per Givony and Woo, they are one of a few front offices who "might explore trading up for a player in his mold."

Measuring in at 7-foot-2, 280 pounds and boasting a skill set that revolves around rim protection, rebounding, and, according to recent reports, an improved long-range shooting stroke, it shouldn't be shocking that the Thunder have invested interest in the idea of bringing on someone of Clingan's ilk, especially considering how his play style could have been of great value during this year's playoff run.

However, while the 20-year-old may currently be the name that's drawn the strongest connection to the franchise, with their treasure trove of draft capital and young talents in tow, if included in a package with their number 12 pick, there's a chance that Presti could not only move up to the number seven pick where Giovony and Woo suggest Clingan will not fall past but, frankly, to virtually anywhere they desire in an effort "to strike" on any number of this year's top-billed prospects.