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. 3) Thunder trade the pick and move out of first-round entirely

As has been discussed ad nauseam both in the media verse as well as in this article alone, the 2024 NBA Draft appears to be quite lacking when it comes to star-potential prospects and overall upside.

As a result, not only is a lower-level lottery pick such as OKC's 12 overall selection being viewed in a lesser light but so too are the talents projected to go during the beginning stages of the festivities, even the ones the Thunder are considering possibly making a deal for.

With this, the concept of making a trade to shimmy up the board just might not be all that worth it for Presti and co. from a value standpoint.

As mentioned, Oklahoma City is in an enviable position where they can afford to wait on a prospect to hone their craft at the next level and, in turn, allow them to develop over time. However, what this also means is they're in a position where they can simply afford not to make a selection at all.

We've seen the organization make moves in the past where they've traded their rights in a particular draft for multiple down the road, which could once again be a very realistic possibility this year.

They could also be open to the idea of packaging the pick into a blockbuster trade for one of the star players who have been linked as possible offseason targets, with someone like Mikal Bridges recently being labeled an intriguing option to consider pursuing.

Despite it being seen as a lackluster draft class, there is a real possibility that the Thunder could still get a pretty penny in exchange for the rights to their 12 overall pick.