Oklahoma City Thunder: Offseason Summary 2020

by December 14, 2020
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Al Horford

When it comes to offseason transactions, nobody has been as active as the Oklahoma City Thunder. After an extremely impressive 2019-20 campaign, Sam Presti and the Thunder have taken clear steps towards a rebuild in Oklahoma City.

While they already led the league in future draft capital coming into the offseason, they only added more draft picks to their stash over the past few weeks. Headlined by a deal that shipped Chris Paul to Phoenix, Oklahoma City has pulled the trigger on a string of deals that has resulted almost the entirety of their roster being turned over. In fact, upcoming third-year player Hamidou Diallo is now the longest-tenured member of the Thunder.

Thunder Roster Additions

PlayerTransaction
Aleksej Pokusevski Draft (17th)
Theo Maledon Draft (34th)
Vit KrejciDraft (37th)
Frank Jackson Free Agency (NOP)
Josh Hall Free Agency (UDFA)
Moses Brown Free Agency (POR)
Al Horford Trade (PHI)
George Hill Trade (MIL)
Trevor Ariza Trade (DET)
Justin Jackson Trade (DAL)
Admiral Schofield Trade (WAS)
Ty Jerome Trade (PHX)
T.J. Leaf Trade (IND)
Darius MillerTrade (NOP)
Kenrich Williams Trade (NOP)

Biggest Acquisitions

  • Al Horford: Although they are looking to rebuild, every team needs a veteran in the locker room to create the right culture and be a leader to the younger players. Horford will be excellent in this role, while also being a potential asset to flip down the road.
  • Aleksej Pokusevski: Oklahoma City had been linked to Pokusevski for weeks leading up to the 2020 NBA Draft. They ultimately traded up to acquire him to add to their young core. While he is still 18 years old and extremely raw, Pokusevski has an extremely high ceiling and could end up being an excellent player in a few years when the Thunder are entering another window of contention.

Thunder Roster Subtractions

PlayerTransaction
Danilo Gallinari Free Agency (ATL)
Nerlens Noel Free Agency (NYK)
Andre RobersonFree Agency
Deonte BurtonFree Agency
Devon Hall Free Agency
Kevin Hervey Free Agency
Chris Paul Trade (PHX)
Steven Adams Trade (NOP)
Dennis SchroderTrade (LAL)
Terrance FergusonTrade (PHI)
Abdel NaderTrade (PHX)

Biggest Losses

  • Chris Paul: When it comes to the impact on winning, Paul’s void will be impossible to fill. Although he played just one season in Oklahoma City, his mentorship will be felt for years as he expedited the development of guys like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Darius Bazley, and Lu Dort.
  • Steven Adams: While he’s never been the best player on any Thunder roster throughout the years, Adams has been the heart and soul of the team. For the fanbase and the Thunder culture, this is no question the biggest loss of the offseason. He was the last remaining player of the previous eras of Thunder basketball as Oklahoma City officially enters their rebuild.

All NBA Team Offseason Summaries

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
OklahomaLA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio

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