The Oklahoma City Thunder shocked the world by clinching the number one seed in the Western Conference on the final day of the 2023-24 regular season. They opened the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep of the New Orleans Pelicans, but they suffered a disappointing 4-2 loss at the hands of Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals. There were several issues that flared up in this series for the Thunder, and perhaps the most glaring of them all was the play of Josh Giddey.

Giddey was borderline unplayable against the Mavs, and despite the fact he's been a starter since day one in his NBA career, his head coach Mark Daigneault made a big adjustment in this series by sliding Giddey to the bench in favor of Isaiah Joe in Game 5 of this series. Giddey is known to be a guy who struggles shooting the three-ball, but his inability to contribute in any other area of the game resulted in him hitting the bench, and in the process, it has thrown his future with the team up in the air.

Trade rumors have immediately started swirling around Giddey now that the Thunder's season is over, and he very well could end up being on the move this offseason. If that ends up being the case, let's take a look at the three best trade destinations for the young Australian guard.

Washington Wizards

The Washington Wizards are one franchise that needs a consistent ball handler to run their offense. Tyus Jones is an unrestricted free agent, was that guy this past season, but he's set for free agency, and there's a decent chance he will leave Washington for greener pastures. If the Wizards lose Jones in free agency, Giddey could be a serviceable replacement as a starter in Washington's backcourt.

Giddey has a ton of potential, but it seems like needs a fresh start in a place where he doesn't have too much pressure on his shoulders. Washington is in the middle of a rebuild, so Giddey could get plenty of time on the floor as their offensive leader at the point guard position. Since the Wizards are likely focusing on building around Jordan Poole and Kyle Kuzma, they will need a guard who is excellent at dishing the rock, and Giddey fits the billing.

Utah Jazz

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Giddey (3) warms up before the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game four of the second round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at American Airlines Center.
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The Utah Jazz are a bit further along in their rebuild than the Wizards, and they would be a solid landing spot for Josh Giddey because they are still finding suitable guys who fit head coach Will Hardy's system. Giddey's playmaking and versatility would be a welcome sight on a Jazz team that features elite scorers in Jordan Clarkson, Collin Sexton, and Lauri Markkanen, but doesn't have a guy who can truly operate their offense and get them the ball.

Giddey does not necessarily need to be a point guard, as he can be a fantastic secondary ball handler as well. Keyonte George, who showed a lot of promise as a rookie, can still be the main option at point guard, but Giddey could come in and further supplement their core group. Beyond the fact that Giddey would earn a lot of minutes with this team, The Jazz also would have the cap space needed to sign Giddey to an extension after his rookie contract expires in 2025, which gives them even more of a reason to explore this move.

San Antonio Spurs

There is no doubt that the San Antonio Spurs are the franchise that could best maximize Josh Giddey's talents. The Spurs had trouble feeding Victor Wembanyama the ball in his rookie campaign at times, and Giddey could come in and quickly solve that problem. Giddey is great at pushing the ball in transition and generating easy transition buckets through his phenomenal passing abilities.

Most of the issues in San Antonio this season were due to their lack of a consistent floor general. Giddey would be a great option to fill that role, and he will have more liberty to run their offense than he would with the Thunder. Getting Wembanyama help this offseason has to be the Spurs top goal, and going out and acquiring Giddey could be a positive first step in their quest to accomplish that goal.