When the Oklahoma City Thunder began their rebuild Josh Giddey was the first player selected in the draft, a No. 6 pick in 2021 that marked the start of this new era of Thunder basketball. However, it's important to not get too sentimental over the third-year player because it could be time for the team and the Aussie guard to go their separate ways.
However, there according to a recent report, the Thunder are not looking to go in that direction at this time. With that said, something could always change between now and the trade deadline on Thursday afternoon.
With all that in mind, the Thunder have another level can reach and to get there they might have to part with Giddey, let's examine three potential deals involving the third-year guard:
No. 1: Should the Thunder send Giddey running with the Wolves?
The Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves have been in a tight battle for the top spot in the West, for the duration of the 2023-24 season, and the two teams recently played their final game of the regular season and ultimately split their season series 2-2.
You may be thinking why would these squads deal with each other, potentially giving the other the upper hand should they meet in the playoffs? Well the Wolves have a log jam at center and lack assets after they traded for Rudy Gobert from the Utah Jazz last season.
In contrast, the Thunder have more draft assets (36 to the Wolves' eight) than they could possibly use in the draft and they need some additional size & toughness. These combinations create the perfect pairing for a deal to go down.
What would the trade look like?