The Oklahoma City Thunder are absolutely an NBA team on the rise. And if the Minnesota Timberwolves agree to this trade, they will skyrocket to the top in record time. This trade seems to be more about a 2026 first-round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a bunch of role players who really do not fit the needs of the Timberwolves at all.
Reasons to Pursue
I do not see much value in this exchange for the Minnesota Timberwolves in terms of hard assets. The Thunder are sitting on a gazillion (okay, a lot of) first-round draft picks, but only part with one in this scenario. And to add insult to injury, the Thunder add protections in trading to the Timberwolves that simply do not exist in the original pick from the LA Clippers
Reasons to Pass
This trade almost certainly makes a rival that much better and more competitive. The only player who is worth considering in this trade is SG Victor Oladipo. And as stated above, the Minnesota Timberwolves are swimming in shooting guards. If the Thunder want to make this deal happen, then they need to have two unprotected first-round draft picks in this exchange.
If the Thunder are desperate to make this trade, they should be prepared to part with four first-round draft picks and have protection on only one of those picks.
Final Verdict: Hard Pass
As constructed, this trade does a lot to improve the Thunder, but little to help out the Timberwolves.
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