The Oklahoma City Thunder have been doing quite well considering Russell Westbrook is still out of action heading into NBA All-Star Weekend. Kevin Durant’s MVP-level of performance has carried OKC to a 43-12 record, the best mark in the Western Conference and the league heading into the break.
Westbrook’s return still looms large for this Thunder team, though. With Westbrook in the floor, the Thunder are 21-4 this season and it’s hard to imagine them making a push for a championship without the point guard on the floor. His return is likely to happen not long after the All-Star break, but that’s not the only thing that the Thunder are looking ahead to.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Thunder are looking to make a move before the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline that would land them a two-way player on the wing. Wojnarowski originally reported that the team was looking for a shooter, but soon after clarified that OKC wants a player that can affect the game on both ends of the floor.
The desire for a three-and-D type player on the Thunder’s part makes sense. It’s the type of player they haven’t really had since James Harden was in town—this was back when he still tried on defense, of course. Thabo Sefolosha is a terrific defender, but his offense is hardly reliable. Conversely, Jeremy Lamb has shown proficiency offensively, but isn’t a totally reliable defender.
For the Thunder, a guy like C.J. Miles is an interesting name that could come up. For the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miles has been arguably the steadiest force for a struggling team, shooting the ball quite well and playing tenaciously on the defensive end. The Thunder would likely have to send a pick and some type of low-to-mid-level asset to make a deal like that happen, but it’s an interesting possibility. No matter who it is they target, though, the Thunder have the right idea in mind in looking to make a deal of this sort.