Coming off a near upset of the would-be champion Lakers last, many thought this team was only going to get better, some even predicting the Finals. Despite falling one-round short, the Thunder proved they can compete with the big boys.
But, late in the season, a rift seemed to develop between Westbrook and Durant, leading to their eventual loss in the Finals. If Westbrook can't learn to share the ball and learn that Durant is the star, these team won't go any farther than they did this year and with Daquen Cook being their only free agent (a restricted one at that), this team can do something special.
Thunder get - Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers
Heat get - Russell Westbrook, Kendrick Perkins, DeQuan Cook
This is a very interesting scenario because, for as crazy as it might be, it could happen. Like I said in the Heat blog, Bosh could be taking some blame. And Westbrook is obviously the one taking the blame in OKC.
So with this trade, Westbrook steps in and assumes the PG role in Miami as well as Perkins at the center. As for the Thunder, they get Bosh with Harden and Durant. Chalmers is no scrub either and Maynor proved he was capable also.
Thunder get - Josh Smith, Jeff Teague
Hawks get - Russell Westbrook, Nate Robinson, BJ Mullens, Royal Ivey
I mentioned in the past ATL's need to shake things up. Acquiring Westbrook would do just that. They could send Smith and Teague, yet gain energy in Westbrook and Nate.
Both these trades are assuming that things between Westbrook and Durant become unbearable. And if it does, Westbrook is leaving, not Durant
Shane Battier - This team has one issue: a back-up SF. With Battier on the market, he can come in and play some minutes at the 3, provide defensive energy, and give the team a veteran presence that they are really lacking.
Kenyon Martin - This team could also use a little toughness and would benefit from a PF on the team not being Nick Collison. Kenyon is about as tough as they come. And again, he's a veteran who has been around the loop
Grant Hill - Think Shane Battier, only older. He still has something left in the tank and I could see him heading to OKC for one last shot at that ring. He'd be willing to take the paycut and could give this team a steadying force
24th pick - Kyle Singler, SF, Duke - If they don't get Hill or Battier, they'll look for the same thing in the draft. Singler brings some outside shooting, a little bit of a post game, and solid defense.
In the end, a trade isn't necessary. Singing Battier or Hill should be. This team is a couple veterans and one squashed argument away from being a title contending team. Westbrook and Durant will get their beef squashed and figured out and I fully expect this team, with one more year together, to be in the same spot or better next year.