The trade deadline has always been something I have followed with enthusiasm. In the years that Oklahoma City has hosted an NBA team, my interest has been at a fever pitch, but usually because my hometown team was a player in the rumor mill. Both seasons the Hornets were here, they were a bubble playoff team looking to make a push, and last season the Thunder were trying to build the team.
This year has been different. With the Thunder as a pretty solid candidate for the playoffs but more concerned with long term development, the team has no interest in making a big splash that could disrupt team chemistry or handcuff them long term. If Oklahoma City is associated with any deadline deals, I suspect they will be after thoughts to the mega trades that have already been consumated.
Of course, this doesn’t mean the trade deadline will not have huge ramifications for our team in OKC. As I outlined in last week’s column, the Western Conference playoffs slots are uber competitive and three contenders are going to be on the outside looking in. What the other competitors do at this juncture could make a big difference in what seed the Thunder have in ,or even if the team makes the playoffs.
That being said, here is my take on what the deals could mean to this market. (note: check back later if more trades come to light after this is posted.) Keep Reading…