2013 NBA Free Agency: Oklahoma City Thunder Should Target Another Big Man

By Ryan Heckman
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

This offseason has been pretty quiet for the Oklahoma City Thunder so far. Their biggest move was one that resulted in a loss, having Kevin Martin take off for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The top concern for the Thunder, however, doesn’t revolve around the spot left by Martin.

After using a first round pick on Steven Adams, the Thunder are still in need of another big man to fill out the rotation. Kendrick Perkins, sadly, is still a part of the team and it looks like they have no plan to use the amnesty clause on him — much to the dismay of Oklahoma City fans.

The notable bigs on the roster right now include both Adams and Perkins, on top of Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison. At the moment, it’s not clear whether Adams will contribute right away but in any event, the team needs another veteran down low.

A couple of guys still available actually come from the same team. Dallas Mavericks free agent forwards Brandan Wright and Elton Brand still have not been signed and both would be fantastic additions to the team.

Of course, Brand would be a bit more pricy at anywhere from the veteran minimum all the way up to a couple million dollars. Wright could wind up coming in at the minimum and would give the team another youthful presence in the post.

In limited minutes, Wright has shown he can do a little bit of everything but most importantly, plays solid defense. The Thunder haven’t had a big need in the scoring department, but down low need another guy to protect the rim.

If the Thunder were to bring in Wright, it could also help the development of Adams as he would start off his NBA career with a bit of competition. Overall, the team would benefit in a couple of ways if they were to sign another post player and it is definitely worth pursuing with the inconsistency they have had in that area.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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