OKC Thunder: Timeline of 10 trades Sam Presti made to stockpile more draft picks
A wild week of Thunder transactions ended Sunday.
General manager Sam Presti added to his unprecedented collection of draft picks as he conducted 10 trades with nearly half the teams in the NBA. The Thunder owns 18 first-round picks through 2027, four of which were acquired in the last week. The Thunder also created three trade exceptions.
The deals were made at a dizzying pace, and there will be more in the coming days. But while the dust has temporarily settled, here’s a look back at the Thunder’s timeline of transactions:
Sunday, Nov. 15
The trade window is still 24 hours from opening, but the Thunder has its first deal of the week in place. The Thunder will send star sixth man Dennis Schröder to the Lakers for Danny Green and the No. 28 pick in Wednesday’s draft, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Monday, Nov. 16
The Thunder trades 10-time All-Star Chris Paul and Abdel Nader to the Suns, officially signaling the start of the rebuild. In return, OKC receives Kelly Oubre, Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome and Jalen Lecque from Phoenix, along with a protected 2022 first-round pick.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
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The Thunder declines to pick up the $1.7 million option for wing Deonte Burton, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. Burton becomes a free agent after two seasons with the Thunder.
The Thunder makes another trade two hours before the NBA draft. Center Al Horford, a protected 2025 first-round pick, the 34th pick in the upcoming draft and the rights to 26-year-old Serbian guard Vasilije Micic are traded from Philadelphia to Oklahoma City. The Thunder will send the 76ers guards Terrance Ferguson and Green — who was just acquired three days earlier.
The Thunder trades up to the No. 17 pick on draft night to select 18-year-old Serbian forward Aleksej Pokusevski. OKC acquired the 17th pick, forward James Johnson and a 2024 second-round pick in a three-team trade with Minnesota and New York. The Thunder traded Rubio and the No. 28 pick (Jaden McDaniels) to the Timberwolves. The Thunder sent the No. 25 pick (Immanuel Quickley) to the Knicks.
OKC selects French point guard Theo Maledon with the No. 34 pick via Philadelphia.
In another draft-night move, the Thunder acquires forward Admiral Schofield and the 37th pick (Vit Krejci) from the Wizards in exchange for the 53rd pick (Cassius Winston) and a 2024 second-round pick.
Thursday, Nov. 19
OKC reportedly signs two undrafted free agents — forward Josh Hall and center Omer Yurtseven.
The Thunder picks up the $1.7 million team option for wing Hamidou Diallo, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Center Mike Muscala exercises his $2.3 million player option, according to Wojnarowski.
The Thunder acquires center Vincent Poirier and cash considerations from the Celtics for a protected 2021 second-round draft pick.
OKC adds to its draft stash, trading Oubre to Golden State in exchange for a top-20 protected 2021 first-round pick, and a 2021 second-round pick via Denver.
Saturday, Nov. 21
Steven Adams, the longest-tenured Thunder player, is traded to New Orleans in a four-team deal involving the Thunder, Pelicans, Bucks and Nuggets. In return for Adams, the Thunder receives George Hill, Darius Miller, Kenrich Williams, Zylan Cheatham, Josh Gray, a 2023 protected first-round pick from the Nuggets and two future second-round picks from the Nuggets, according to Charania.
The Thunder flips Johnson to the Mavericks in a three-team trade involving the Thunder, Mavericks and Pistons. OKC receives Justin Jackson from Dallas and Trevor Ariza from Detroit. The Thunder also adds a second-round draft pick.
Sunday, Nov. 22
Guards: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort, Josh Gray, George Hill, Ty Jerome, Theo Maledon
Wings: Trevor Ariza, Hamidou Diallo, Justin Jackson, Darius Miller
Forwards: Darius Bazley, Zylan Cheatham, T.J. Leaf, Aleksej Pokusevski, Isaiah Roby, Admiral Schofield, Kenrich Williams
Centers: Al Horford, Mike Muscala, Vincent Poirier
Thunder draft picks
2021: own 1st, best of Rockets/Heat 1st (protected 1-4 if Houston), Warriors 1st (protected 1-20, becomes Minnesota 2nd in 2021), own 2nd, Nuggets 2nd
2022: own 1st (if 1-14), Clippers 1st, Suns 1st (protected 1-12), own 2nd
2023: own 1st (right to swap with Clippers), Heat 1st (protected 1-14), protected Nuggets 1st, own 2nd, Wizards 2nd, best Mavericks/Heat 2nd
2024: own 1st, Clippers 1st, Rockets 1st (protected 1-4), Timberwolves 2nd, Hornets 2nd
2025: own 1st (right to swap with Clippers or Rockets), 76ers 1st (protected 1-6)
2026: own 1st, Clippers 1st, Rockets 1st (protected 1-4), own 2nd, Mavericks 2nd
2027: own 1st, own 2nd, Pacers 2nd