NBA Mock Trade: Thunder acquires fourth overall pick in 2021 draft


The 2021 NBA Draft is just around the corner.

With a loaded war chest, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be looking to cause a stir.

With 18 draft picks in the first round in the next 7 draft, the Thunder will have the opportunity to advance in the draft. The only question is how much will this move cost.

Here are SI Thunder’s thoughts on what it will take to move up to the fourth overall pick:

Nick Crain: With the No. 4 pick, the Toronto Raptors have a ton of power. While Jalen Suggs will be the likely selection there, they’ll get the rest of him, Jalen Green or Evan Mobley depending on what the teams above them are doing. Either way, moving up two places could still get expensive, as there could be a significant drop in talent from four to six. If Oklahoma City wanted to jump in and trade for Toronto’s pick, they could take the sixth pick, one of the 2021 Thunder’s picks just outside the lottery and one or two future first-round picks.

Ryan Chapman: It’s hard to imagine the Toronto Raptors having much of an interest in taking on Kemba Walker. His contract associated with the deal they just handed to Fred VanVleet doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, so this trade deal will likely have to center around draft compensation and maybe a player with some potential who still is. on his rookie contract as Darius. Bazley. OKC’s willingness to move Bazley would likely anchor itself to the guy they were going to recruit, so maybe that would even be irrelevant.

Derek Parker: Going from the sixth overall choice to the fourth is where the price goes up dramatically. Despite being a five to six man draft, there are four highly sought after prospects. Even more than that, the Raptors need Jalen Suggs with the eventual departure of star goaltender Kyle Lowry. Going up would likely require more than just choices with the current Raptor roster setup. The sixth pick, one or two picks in the current draft and an upcoming prospect would more than likely do it. Nothing more, and OKC probably hangs up.

Oklahoma City Offer: Pick # 6, Darius Bazley OR Pick # 6, Pick # 16, Miami Heat 2023 first-round pick, 2023 Washington Wizards second-round pick

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