Bleacher Report writer Zach Buckley published an article on Thursday that included a trade idea for all 30 NBA teams that will improve their starting lineups.
For the Oklahoma City Thunder, their trade included getting former No. 2 pick James Wiseman from the Golden State Warriors. The trade involves the Thunder sending out Derrick Favors and two future first-round picks for Wiseman.
“The Thunder are in no rush to field a competitive club, and it’s hard to tell when they’ll even consider searching for an accelerator. Improving this starting five is tricky, in other words, because Oklahoma City might want to stay buried in the standings for at least another season to see what happens with the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes.
The right trade target, then, would be someone who could grow with this core but not impact the win column too much to start. Someone like Wiseman, who would carry a wealth of potential to the Sooner State but also arrive missing several coats of polish.
Wiseman has just enough rough spots to wonder if the Warriors would want to move him for more of a sure thing, but the Thunder would gladly give him the time to work through his growing pains. If their patience pays off, perhaps he one day emerges as an impact rim-runner with range on his jump shot.”
With Wiseman in the picture, a starting lineup for the Thunder in this scenario likely includes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Chet Holmgren and Wiseman.