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Thunder: Exploring the Thunder’s options in next month’s NBA Draft

Sam Presti can’t trade the Thunder’s pick in next month’s NBA Draft until after he’s selected a player. Whether he keeps the rookie or deals him, there are multiple options available to the Thunder general manager. [PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OKLAHOMAN]

For Sam Presti, the NBA Draft is all about opportunity.

Can the Thunder general manager find a fit? Can he draft a rookie contributor? Can he deal out of one position and into another or acquire veteran help by shipping a pick?

Next month, Presti has the 21st pick on draft night. In what’s viewed as a strong draft deep with future rotation players, he figures to have a number of opportunities.

“I think there will be a good player there, and if there’s someone there that fits what we’re looking for, we’ll take him,” Presti said. “Otherwise, we can move it.”

Late Wednesday night, the NCAA deadline passed for college underclassmen to withdraw from the draft. Though foreign draft candidates have until June 12 to back out, the college deadline paints a strong picture of who’s in and who’s out.

Here’s a look at some of the options Presti will have to seize on a draft opportunity:

Draft (and keep) a rookie

This is the simplest option on the table.

The Thunder could look for a shooter like Duke’s Luke Kennard. It could grab a scoring wing like Terrance Ferguson, an American high school star a year ago who spent the past season in Australia. It could take a versatile frontcourt athlete like Oregon’s Jordan Bell.

Perhaps a player like Duke’s Harry Giles or Indiana’s OG Anunoby — both top-15 caliber prospects — slides due to injury concerns, giving the Thunder a crack at a high-potential draftee.

“There’s probably going to be a good player available” at 21, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said.

The Thunder was the youngest team to make this year’s NBA Playoffs, and as Russell Westbrook approaches his 29th birthday in the fall, it’s fair to question whether OKC really needs a rookie on its roster.

With no pick in next year’s first round, the Thunder can’t trade its pick this season. But it can draft a player for another team and complete a trade after the pick is made.

Even in a deep draft, the 20s are a crapshoot, and the 21st pick is unlikely to land a quality, established NBA player in return. But there’s always the option of packaging it with another piece in the hope of bolstering the rotation.

Trade for another pick

If there’s a player the Thunder covets higher in the draft, it could try to make a move up, dangling its 21st pick and something to sweeten the deal.

It also could explore trades with teams that have multiple picks in the 20s — Brooklyn and Utah each pick twice after OKC’s selection — who might want to move up.

Or OKC could seek trades to get into next year’s first round or this season’s second. It currently has no picks in either.

Potential role players like Oklahoma State point guard Jawun Evans, Colorado guard Derrick White or Oregon forward Chis Boucher might be available in this year’s second round, and there could be picks to snag.

The Hawks, Suns, Magic, Jazz, Rockets, Knicks and Nuggets have two second-round picks each. The Celtics have three, the 76ers four.

It’s likely Presti will explore every option. Last summer, without a first-round pick and coming off a Western Conference Finals appearance, the Thunder used a draft-night trade to secure Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to remake its roster.

“We’ll always look to get better,” Presti said.

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    Cavaliers Derrick Rose: Will sign with Cavaliers

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Rose committed to signing with the Cavaliers after completing a physical exam Monday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports.

    Rose was expected to choose between the Lakers and Cavaliers in what will likely be a one-year deal at a minimal price. Rose could potentially be entering an advantageous situation for a comeback, as starting star point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly requested a trade from the team. Should he actually be traded, and depending on who the Cavaliers get in return, Rose could be in line for a heavy workload playing alongside LeBron James. However, that is all speculation at the moment, and in the meantime Rose figures to be in line for a role providing scoring off the bench. The 28-year-old is six years removed from an MVP season before significantly injuring his knee the following year. He is coming off his best season statistically since suffering the injury.

    Knicks Derrick Rose: Future could be impacted by Ntilikina pick

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    With the Knicks selecting Frank Ntilikina with the eighth overall pick in Thursday’s draft, Rose ‘s future could be impacted.

    The Knicks have indicated that they’re interested in bringing Rose, an unrestricted free agent, back next season, but at this point it’s unclear where he’d fit in their future plans. While Ntilikina may not be ready to command the offense right away, he’s clearly the Knicks’ point guard of the future, so his addition to the team could potentially influence the Knicks’ front office as it decides whether or not to make a run at keeping Rose this summer.

    Knicks Derrick Rose: Undergoes knee surgery

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Rose (knee) underwent a left knee arthroscopy to repair his torn meniscus on Monday.

    It was announced on Sunday that Rose would miss the remainder of the season due to his torn meniscus. The point guard has suffered a plethora of knee injuries in his career, but this particular one appears to be on the more minor side. The team described the surgery as “uncomplicated” and said that he is expected to resume basketball activities in 3-to-6 weeks. Rose will be a free agent this offseason and, though his injury will likely hurt his stock, it may not decrease his value as much as originally anticipated.

    Knicks Derrick Rose: Suffers torn meniscus, out for season

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Rose (knee) has a torn meniscus in his knee and will miss the rest of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

    Rose just can’t catch a break, as the oft-injured point guard has once again suffered a knee injury that should keep him out for an extended period of time. While a torn meniscus isn’t necessarily the worst case scenario, it’s still a tough blow for Rose, who will likely now see a much smaller market for his services as he heads into free agency this summer. Rose finishes his 2016-17 campaign playing in 64 games, averaging 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists across 32.5 minutes, but has likely played his last game with the Knicks. Ron Baker should finish out the last two weeks of the season as the Knicks’ starting point guard, offering him a decent uptick in minutes.

    Knicks Derrick Rose: Out Sunday vs. Celtics

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Rose (knee) will remain sidelined for Sunday’s matchup with the Celtics, Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News reports.

    Rose will be missing a third straight game and he could be in line for additional absences considering the Knicks have already been eliminated from playoff contention and likely aren’t in a hurry to bring back the veteran point guard. Ron Baker drew the start in his place the last two games and should do so again, giving him a slight uptick in minutes. In seven previous starts this season, Baker has averaged 4.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists across 24.7 minutes, so he still likely won’t be a great DFS option Sunday despite the promotion.


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    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Has scored 32 points over last two games

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler produced 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-6 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes in Thursday’s 110-94 preseason loss to the Grizzlies.

    Singler has looked stellar while starting the last two games in place of an injured Andre Roberson (knee), producing 32 total points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. His career 37 percent mark from long distance suggests that Singler’s scoring will regress in swift fashion, but if nothing else, his two quality games in a row have put him in the driver’s seat to serve as the top backup to Roberson when the regular season opens.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Nets 17 points while starting in loss

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler tallied 17 points (5-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 31 minutes in Tuesday’s 114-109 preseason loss to the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan handed Singler the start at small forward with Andre Roberson sitting out Tuesday’s matchup with a sore knee, and the veteran responded with perhaps his best performance in a Thunder uniform. That speaks to just how miserable Singler has been in his one-plus seasons with the Oklahoma City, as he was largely excluded from the rotation in the postseason last spring after averaging 3.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and 30.9 percent shooting from distance during the 2015-16 campaign. While Victor Oladipo will aim to cover most of the offensive void left by Kevin Durant’s departure this offseason, the Thunder will turn to a ragtag collection of players to man all the minutes at small forward. The defensive-minded Roberson leads the way, leaving Singler to duke it out with Anthony Morrow and Alex Abrines for whatever playing time is left over. Both Morrow and Abrines profile as superior shooting options, so Singler may need to exhibit some strengths in other areas if he hopes to hold down a rotation spot.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Active for Game 6, but doesn t play

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler didn’t play in Thursday’s series-clinching 113-99 Game 6 win over the Spurs in a coach’s decision.

    Singler was inactive for Tuesday’s Game 5 due to an illness, but it appears he’s since returned to full health and simply didn’t get off the bench Thursday because he isn’t a member of coach Billy Donovan’s rotation. The forward has appeared in just three of the Thunder ‘s 11 postseason contests.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out with illness Tuesday

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler will not play in Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Spurs because of an illness, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

    Singler saw 12 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Spurs, but hasn’t touched the court since, so his absence shouldn’t affect coach Billy Donovan’s regular rotation. Singler is dealing with the stomach flu and will sit out Tuesday, however, it isn’t likely to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. He’ll have two days off before Game 6 on Thursday.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out of rotation last three games of series

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler (coach’s decision) didn’t play in Monday’s Game 5 win over the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan tightened his rotation over the last three games of the series, as Singler failed to leave the pine for any of those contests. That figures to remain the case heading into the Oklahoma City Thunder ‘s second-round matchup with the Spurs, when Donovan will likely be forced to lean on his starters even more heavily than he did against the Mavericks.


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    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Has scored 32 points over last two games

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler produced 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-6 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes in Thursday’s 110-94 preseason loss to the Grizzlies.

    Singler has looked stellar while starting the last two games in place of an injured Andre Roberson (knee), producing 32 total points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. His career 37 percent mark from long distance suggests that Singler’s scoring will regress in swift fashion, but if nothing else, his two quality games in a row have put him in the driver’s seat to serve as the top backup to Roberson when the regular season opens.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Nets 17 points while starting in loss

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler tallied 17 points (5-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 31 minutes in Tuesday’s 114-109 preseason loss to the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan handed Singler the start at small forward with Andre Roberson sitting out Tuesday’s matchup with a sore knee, and the veteran responded with perhaps his best performance in a Thunder uniform. That speaks to just how miserable Singler has been in his one-plus seasons with the Oklahoma City, as he was largely excluded from the rotation in the postseason last spring after averaging 3.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and 30.9 percent shooting from distance during the 2015-16 campaign. While Victor Oladipo will aim to cover most of the offensive void left by Kevin Durant’s departure this offseason, the Thunder will turn to a ragtag collection of players to man all the minutes at small forward. The defensive-minded Roberson leads the way, leaving Singler to duke it out with Anthony Morrow and Alex Abrines for whatever playing time is left over. Both Morrow and Abrines profile as superior shooting options, so Singler may need to exhibit some strengths in other areas if he hopes to hold down a rotation spot.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Active for Game 6, but doesn t play

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler didn’t play in Thursday’s series-clinching 113-99 Game 6 win over the Spurs in a coach’s decision.

    Singler was inactive for Tuesday’s Game 5 due to an illness, but it appears he’s since returned to full health and simply didn’t get off the bench Thursday because he isn’t a member of coach Billy Donovan’s rotation. The forward has appeared in just three of the Thunder ‘s 11 postseason contests.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out with illness Tuesday

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler will not play in Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Spurs because of an illness, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

    Singler saw 12 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Spurs, but hasn’t touched the court since, so his absence shouldn’t affect coach Billy Donovan’s regular rotation. Singler is dealing with the stomach flu and will sit out Tuesday, however, it isn’t likely to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. He’ll have two days off before Game 6 on Thursday.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out of rotation last three games of series

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler (coach’s decision) didn’t play in Monday’s Game 5 win over the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan tightened his rotation over the last three games of the series, as Singler failed to leave the pine for any of those contests. That figures to remain the case heading into the Oklahoma City Thunder ‘s second-round matchup with the Spurs, when Donovan will likely be forced to lean on his starters even more heavily than he did against the Mavericks.


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    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Has scored 32 points over last two games

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler produced 15 points (5-8 FG, 5-6 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 29 minutes in Thursday’s 110-94 preseason loss to the Grizzlies.

    Singler has looked stellar while starting the last two games in place of an injured Andre Roberson (knee), producing 32 total points on 10-of-17 shooting from the field and 9-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc. His career 37 percent mark from long distance suggests that Singler’s scoring will regress in swift fashion, but if nothing else, his two quality games in a row have put him in the driver’s seat to serve as the top backup to Roberson when the regular season opens.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Nets 17 points while starting in loss

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler tallied 17 points (5-9 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 31 minutes in Tuesday’s 114-109 preseason loss to the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan handed Singler the start at small forward with Andre Roberson sitting out Tuesday’s matchup with a sore knee, and the veteran responded with perhaps his best performance in a Thunder uniform. That speaks to just how miserable Singler has been in his one-plus seasons with the Oklahoma City, as he was largely excluded from the rotation in the postseason last spring after averaging 3.4 points on 38.9 percent shooting from the floor and 30.9 percent shooting from distance during the 2015-16 campaign. While Victor Oladipo will aim to cover most of the offensive void left by Kevin Durant’s departure this offseason, the Thunder will turn to a ragtag collection of players to man all the minutes at small forward. The defensive-minded Roberson leads the way, leaving Singler to duke it out with Anthony Morrow and Alex Abrines for whatever playing time is left over. Both Morrow and Abrines profile as superior shooting options, so Singler may need to exhibit some strengths in other areas if he hopes to hold down a rotation spot.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Active for Game 6, but doesn t play

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Singler didn’t play in Thursday’s series-clinching 113-99 Game 6 win over the Spurs in a coach’s decision.

    Singler was inactive for Tuesday’s Game 5 due to an illness, but it appears he’s since returned to full health and simply didn’t get off the bench Thursday because he isn’t a member of coach Billy Donovan’s rotation. The forward has appeared in just three of the Thunder ‘s 11 postseason contests.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out with illness Tuesday

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler will not play in Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Spurs because of an illness, Anthony Slater of the Oklahoman reports.

    Singler saw 12 minutes of action during Game 1 against the Spurs, but hasn’t touched the court since, so his absence shouldn’t affect coach Billy Donovan’s regular rotation. Singler is dealing with the stomach flu and will sit out Tuesday, however, it isn’t likely to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time. He’ll have two days off before Game 6 on Thursday.

    Thunder s Kyle Singler: Out of rotation last three games of series

    by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

    Kyle Singler (coach’s decision) didn’t play in Monday’s Game 5 win over the Mavericks.

    Coach Billy Donovan tightened his rotation over the last three games of the series, as Singler failed to leave the pine for any of those contests. That figures to remain the case heading into the Oklahoma City Thunder ‘s second-round matchup with the Spurs, when Donovan will likely be forced to lean on his starters even more heavily than he did against the Mavericks.