Plotting the dream offseason for the Oklahoma City Thunder this summer

Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder and OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
Luguentz Dort, Oklahoma City Thunder and OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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Bring back Gordon Hayward

It's possible that the Thunder find an outlet for their cap space and sign a player to a contract that makes it unlikely or impossible to bring back Hayward. Without knowing exactly what Hayward will demand for salary or whether he is open to staying in Oklahoma CIty long-term, the Thunder should look for ways to bring back Hayward.

The next few months will influence this decision, but on this end Hayward looks like an ideal fit as a talented, experienced role player with the playmaking, scoring and shooting chops to fit into a variety of lineups. If he is open to returning on a reasonable deal the Thunder should look for ways to make it happen.

Trade Josh Giddey

As with the plan to re-sign Gordon Hayward, the next few months are crucial for evaluating the offseason plan. It's possible that Josh Giddey finds ways to make a positive impact and overcome the way that defenses are looking to ignore him on the perimeter.

It's more likely that playoff defenses strangle the Thunder offense when Giddey is on the court, and he is phased into a smaller role as Hayward proves to be a better fit. Rather than keep Giddey for another year and see his value trickle lower and lower as his role is diminished, the Thunder should be proactive about moving him this summer for value, either as part of a larger move or simply to add a player who is a better fit.