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
|Aleksej Pokusevski||Draft (17th)|
|Theo Maledon||Draft (34th)|
|Vit Krejci||Draft (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 Miller||Trade (NOP)|
|Kenrich Williams||Trade (NOP)|
- 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
|Danilo Gallinari||Free Agency (ATL)|
|Nerlens Noel||Free Agency (NYK)|
|Andre Roberson||Free Agency|
|Deonte Burton||Free Agency|
|Devon Hall||Free Agency|
|Kevin Hervey||Free Agency|
|Chris Paul||Trade (PHX)|
|Steven Adams||Trade (NOP)|
|Dennis Schroder||Trade (LAL)|
|Terrance Ferguson||Trade (PHI)|
|Abdel Nader||Trade (PHX)|
- 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.