This Celtics-Thunder blockbuster trade features Chris Paul

Kemba Walker, Celtics, Bucks
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Why It Makes Sense For The OKC Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder are not in win-now mode. Think about this, from now until 2026, the Thunder has 19 first-round draft picks. They have built a stash from deals including players like Paul George and Russell Westbrook. Both deals are looking good for Oklahoma City, by the way.

In this deal, they would acquire two more picks but they would be able to use them right away. They have expressed interest in dealing Paul to dump his salary. If they acquire Walker, this gives them a scoring option to pair with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the backcourt.

As good as Paul was, the Thunder could have used a stronger scoring threat down the stretch of games this season. Paul had his big moments, but Walke’s specialty is putting up big scoring totals and his role in Oklahoma City would afford him no shortage of opportunities to put that to use.

Despite their 44-win season in 2020, the Thunder are not a win-now team. No one expects them to repeat the success they saw this season, especially with the free agency of Danilo Gallinari and the potential Paul trade.

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