RUMOR: Thunder looking to trade Kelly Oubre Jr., Steven Adams
Sam Presti can’t stop hoarding draft picks. Now, the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to deal veteran center Steven Adams and newly-acquired wing Kelly Oubre Jr. for more draft capital, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
“The Oklahoma City Thunder, who just acquired Kelly Oubre Jr., is looking to flip him for a first-round pick,” Scotto noted.
“Executives believe the Thunder will continue to explore the trade market on their veterans, including Steven Adams. With Al Horford reportedly on his way to the Thunder, Adams could be on the move sooner than later.”
The Thunder acquired Oubre Jr. on Monday from the Phoenix Suns—along with Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a protected first-round pick—in exchange for All-Star point guard Chris Paul and Abdul Nader.
Oubre Jr. had the best season of his career in 2019-20. The 24-year-old averaged 18.7 points per game on 35.2% 3-point shooting in his lone full season in The Valley. He has one year remaining on his deal worth $14.4 million.
Adams, meanwhile, averaged 10.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 2019-20, his seventh season in OKC. He’s owed $27.5 million in 2020-21 before his contract expires.
Presti has been the busiest GM in basketball since the league’s trade moratorium was lifted on Monday. Hours before the Paul blockbuster, he shipped guard Dennis Schroder to the Los Angeles Lakers for Danny Green and the No. 28 pick in the 2020 Draft. Then, on Wednesday, he moved Green and swingman Terrance Ferguson to the Philadelphia 76ers for Al Horford, a 2020 second-round pick and a lightly-protected first rounder in 2025.
All in all, Presti has accumulated 17 first-round picks—including no. 25 and no. 28 in the 2020 draft—and he doesn’t seem to be stopping there.