Bleacher Report suggests Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to Knicks, other Thunder trade ideas




 

NBA training camp starts next week, which means that the offseason is essentially over as teams prepare to start the 2022-23 regular season.

With that said, that does not mean trade season is over too. Bleacher Report writer Andy Bailey published an article on Monday that included trade ideas for all 30 NBA teams.

For the Oklahoma City Thunder, they were involved in three such trade ideas with the Denver Nuggets, Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks.

The most notable of the batch is the proposal of sending Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the Knicks after missing out on Donovan Mitchell. There's been talks recently about a potential marriage between both parties, but nothing's been officially reported and it's more about coming up with trade ideas.

Let's take a look at the three trades and Bailey's reasoning as to why the trade makes sense for both teams

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to the Knicks

 

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Trade: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Evan Fournier, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish, 2023 first-round pick, 2025 first-round pick and 2027 first-round pick.

Why the Thunder make the trade:

Why the Knicks make the trade:

Thoughts: While in a vacuum, this is a great haul to get for a player like Gilgeous-Alexander, it just doesn't make sense for the Thunder to do it right now. The Thunder should only trade Gilgeous-Alexander if it's a last resort.

The 24-year-old is locked up for the next five seasons without a player option. That type of contractual security for an All-Star-caliber player is a massive blessing for a small-market team like the Thunder. You just don't voluntarily trade that away, even for a trade package as enticing as this one.

Kenrich Williams to the Timberwolves

 

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Trade: Kenrich Williams for Nathan Knight and 2023 second-round pick (via Knicks)

Why the Thunder make the trade:

Why the Timberwolves make the trade:

Thoughts: Kenrich Williams has played his way from an afterthought piece in the 2020 Steven Adams deal to a legit rotation player for the Thunder. With the team locking him up on a long-term and team-friendly deal this offseason, his trade value jumped up.

I'm not against trading Williams as he is already 27 years old and just a role player, but it has to include more than what the Timberwolves offer here.

Mike Muscala to the Nuggets

 

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Trade: Mike Muscala for Zeke Nnaji

Why the Thunder make the trade:

Why the Nuggets make the trade:

Thoughts: This is probably the most realistic out of the trio. Mike Muscala has had some of his best shooting seasons with the Thunder but due to the team rebuilding, has seen limited action.

With Muscala signed onto the vet's minimum, he'd be a nice rental bench piece to add to any playoff contender who can add shooting and spread the floor as a big.

Story originally appeared on Thunder Wire

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