The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly planning to make a strong push to acquire Blake Griffin. But in order to do so, the Thunder should also give up valuable assets in a possible trade for the superstar forward.
According to Thunderous Intentions, Thunder general manager Sam Presti is already collecting assets as part of their preparation for the pursuit of Griffin. In the event the Clippers decide to trade Griffin, they will likely ask for young players in return as part of their long-term plan.
How Will A Possible Deal Look Like
The Clippers are expected to haggle for the best deal possible, where they will get as many assets as they can. But from the looks of it, the Thunder could eventually acquire Griffin for a package involving Victor Oladipo and Steven Adams.
According to Thunderous Intentions writer Tony Heim, the deal does not make sense at first glance since the Thunder can sign Griffin next summer without losing players. However, the Thunder will be in a good position to attract marquee players next offseason if they will succeed in their pursuit of Griffin.
“The Thunder will be in a better position to attract superstar free agents going forward,” Heim noted. “Russell Westbrook and Blake Griffin is much better pitch to free agents than Westbrook, Oladipo, and Adams.”
Griffin will solidify OKC’s frontline and will be a good partner to projected starting center Enes Kanter. Griffin’s arrival could ease the impact of Kevin Durant’s departure this summer.
As for the Clippers, they will get younger in years to come, while also avoiding too much drama next summer. It remains to be seen whether or not Griffin, along with fellow superstar Chris Paul, want to stay with the Clippers.
But in a recent report from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, signing an extension is a possibility for Griffin before he turns a free agent. It does not mean, though, that he will not consider a trade to the Thunder, especially if they struggle in the first half of next season.