This offseason, the OKC Thunder was one of the busiest teams in the NBA and while most teams look to improve their team during the offseason, GM Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City front office completely dismantled this roster. The Thunder were picked to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference last season and ended up being the 5th best team in the conference over the course of the regular season, but that did not seem to matter for the Thunder as they are looking long-term.
As a result, Chris Paul, Steven Adams, Dennis Schroder, and Danilo Gallinari (via sign-and-trade) were all traded from the Thunder this offseason in exchange for mostly first-round draft picks as it seemed like only Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort and Darius Bazley were safe from the trade block.
The Thunder now own the rights to 18 first-round draft picks over the course of the next 7 NBA drafts and between first and second-round picks, they have 31 draft picks through the 2027 NBA Draft. To put things in perspective, the 2027 NBA Draft will have NBA prospects who are currently in middle school! What Sam Presti and this front office have done is quite remarkable, but the job is not done yet.
Who knows what Sam Presti and the Oklahoma City Thunder front office plan on doing with all of these draft picks, but they definitely have something up their sleeve to not only draft fantastic, young players to build their core of the future, but they will likely try and acquire at least one or two big time superstar talents.
It sounds crazy to believe that the Thunder would go and trade one of their top young players in Luguentz Dort, but if they made this hypothetical trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, they could get a very promising young talent and another first-round pick in return. Could the Thunder potentially pull the trigger for more draft picks?
Let’s take a look at a potential trade package that would send Luguentz Dort to the Los Angeles Lakers.