Thunder head of basketball operations Sam Presti has amassed a multitude of draft picks, and some could be used if Oklahoma City has an interest in supposedly available 76ers star Ben Simmons, wrote Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman.
Recently acquired point guard Kemba Walker, young guard Ty Jerome and the 16th and 18th picks may be enough for the Thunder to land Simmons, Mussatto wrote of a hypothetical proposal.
OKC owns the No. 6 overall pick, along with the aforementioned Nos. 16 and 18. It seems highly unlikely that the Thunder will want to bring three rookies on guaranteed deals to training camp. So at least one of those picks can probably be had.
“Even if Simmons doesn’t reach his potential in Oklahoma City, trading Walker, Jerome and two mid-first-round picks isn’t exactly sacrificing the future,” Mussatto wrote.
More on the Draft
- The Kings are bringing in Siena guard/forward Manny Camper for a pre-draft workout, per Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee. Camper was named MAAC Player of the Year after averaging 14.1 points and 9.7 rebounds. The Kings own the Nos. 9 and 39 overall picks.
- In case you missed it, the Lakers brought in several prospects for a workout, including Virginia Tech guard Nah’Shon Hyland, a possible first-round pick. You can check out the full post here.
- Point guard Caleb Agada stood out for Nigeria in the stunning exhibition win over Team USA and is drawing NBA interest, per Tony Jones of The Athletic. Agada is expected to play for the Nuggets in summer league, Jones added.
- In case you missed it, Part II: The Cavaliers are among a handful of teams evaluating a trade with the Pistons for the No. 1 overall pick and the right to draft Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham. You can check out the full post here.
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