5 Josh Giddey replacements the Thunder should try to acquire this summer

The Thunder should explore these Josh Giddey replacements this offseason.
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2. Lauri Markkanen

The Jazz owe Markkanen $18 million next season in the final year of his contract. His breakout made him one of the most underpaid players in the league, but Utah has a decision to make. If they cannot keep him long-term, the franchise should trade the seven-footer this offseason.

Since arriving in Salt Lake City, Markkanen has averaged 24.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 39.5 percent on his threes. The Jazz have struggled in the standings and remain in the early stages of a rebuild. It could be best for both sides to get a fresh start this summer.

The Thunder need some size and floor spacing. Markkanen is shooting over 39 percent from 3-point range for the third time in four seasons and is capable of playing the four. He could fit nicely next to Chet Holmgren with the rookie protecting the rim and Markkanen rebounding. It would give OKC a second seven-footer in their starting five and a shooting upgrade over Josh Giddey.

Lauri Markkanen may not become available. If he wants to remain in Salt Lake City, the Jazz will keep him. A fellow All-Star faces a similar decision and the rumors are already beginning to heat up.