Thunder rumors: 3 trade targets they can land, and 3 that are purely pipe dreams

Mikal Bridges and Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets
Mikal Bridges and Dorian Finney-Smith, Brooklyn Nets / Mitchell Leff/GettyImages
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Thunder could land Dorian Finney-Smith

The Brooklyn Nets have been mentioned for months as a potential seller at the Trade Deadline, and their plummeting record has only reinforced that expectation leading into Thursday's deadline. The Nets are a unique "seller" in that they are flush with wings and forwards, the kind that contending teams would love to add to their rosters.

Dorian Finney-Smith is particularly attractive to a team like the Thunder, who can use size and defense in the frontcourt that doesn't compromise their spacing. "DFS" is 6'7" with a +5 wingspan and experience defending all five positions. He started at center at times for the Nets this season, is a solid rebounder and is hitting 38.3 percent of his 3-pointers, taking 6.8 per-36 minutes.

Add in that Finney-Smith is under contract for another season past this one before he has a player option in 2025-26, and he is a player the Thunder can count on to play multiple seasons for them. If they were to send the Nets a pair of non-premium first-round picks, that may very likely be enough to get a deal done.

Thunder are dreaming of Mikal Bridges

Another Brooklyn Nets forward would be the ultimate addition for the Thunder. Mikal Bridges is a fringe All-Star candidate, the ultimate version of a 3-and-D wing who isn't good enough to lead a successful NBA offense but can accomplish a lot as the third option on a good team. His defense would likely return to elite levels when he's being asked to do less on offense.

Bridges is a player that many teams around the league covet, and if it were simply a bidding war the Thunder may have a chance to come out on top. The problem is that the Brooklyn Nets aren't dealing Bridges, and have made that inexplicably clear to other teams, rebuffing even outrageously lucrative offers right away. Bridges is not on the market.