Thunder trying to move into top-5 of NBA Draft, targeting Alex Len

6/27/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

In the NBA, you know you're running a successful organization when you have a championship-caliber roster, but still hold valuable assets for your team's future. The Oklahoma City Thunder are currently in that situation, as they have been one of the league's elite teams over the past few seasons and have three first-round picks over the next two years, as well as a top-20 protected pick from the Dallas Mavericks.

The Thunder have so much talent on their roster that they are not in a situation where they need to draft several solid players to contribute - what they'd be better suited for is getting one higher quality player.
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With all their assets in the coming drafts, the Thunder have an opportunity to make a push up the draft board on Thursday night. They are rumored to be looking into a trade with a team in the top-5 of the draft, particularly the Orlando Magic (No. 2 overall) and the Charlotte Bobcats (No. 4 overall). The player the Thunder are targeting is said to be Maryland center Alex Len.

Len would be a nice fit in OKC, as he is very agile and coordinated considering his massive 7'1'' frame, and he has a ton of upside on both ends of the floor. Current Thunder center Kendrick Perkins is coming off the worst season of his NBA career, and is owed $19 million over the next two seasons. The Thunder could soon have an upgrade over Perkins by drafting Len, and if the youngster develops quickly, it could put the team in a position to amnesty Perkins (though that is something GM Sam Presti has said he won't do).

So how do the Thunder get in a position to select Alex Len? They offer a team in the top-5 the Raptors' 12th overall pick (which OKC received in last summer's James Harden trade), the 29th pick, the Bobcats' 32nd pick (also from the Harden trade), and the aforementioned future top-20 protected Mavericks draft pick (believe it or not, another one from the Harden trade).

If the Thunder complete this deal, and Len pans out the way many experts believe he will, the Thunder will be a very scary team in the Western Conference (yes, even scarier than they were last season). It's certainly a situation to monitor on draft night.
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