The Oklahoma City Thunder recently made a move to acquire Joffrey Lauvergne from the Denver Nuggets. But this created another NBA rumors about the Thunder possibly trading Enes Kanter after Lauvergne was added to their roster.
According to Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript, the Thunder might trade one of their seven big men with the addition of Lauvergne in the lineup. The others are Steven Adams, Enes Kanter, Ersan Ilyasova, Domantas Sabonis and Mitch McGary.
It is fair to assess that the Thunder wouldn’t live with that number of tall players on their roster.
Therefore, Danny Leroux of the Sporting News suggested in his twitter account about the team possibly trading Kanter.
Trying to figure out suitors for Enes Kanter- that's the only way adding Lauvergne makes sense even with a low-ish price in terms of picks.
— Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) August 30, 2016
His suggestion is actually on-point for the Thunder would still have other positions to fill. This is mainly attributed to the fact that they lose Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka this offseason.
Trading Kanter to another team might also be good for Oklahoma City. The player was earlier involved in issues surrounding his personal life in Turkey this year.
Keeping the Turkish big in the lineup is a risk that the Thunder would take if they keep him next season. This is because Kanter might not be as focused as he was before he had those controversies.
Meanwhile, the addition of Lauvergne would not actually improve the team by any means. He recently played for France in Rio Olympics but didn’t actually produced eye-popping performances there.
The most logical thing that the Thunder should do is to fulfill the NBA rumors about trading one of their centers to another team in exchange for a player that they really need.
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