Report: Thunder could trade first-round pick for financial relief

The Oklahoma City Thunder could trade their No. 21 overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft to save money, according to a report.
Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Thunder “have had multiple conversations” with other teams about a trade possibility.
The Thunder trailed only the Golden State Warriors in team payroll in the 2018-19 season at $142.9 million. That amount will trigger the luxury tax.
While the No. 21 pick is slotted to earn $2.1 million, paying that amount would lead to continued luxury tax.
If they can’t work out a trade, the Thunder could draft a player, such as a foreign prospect, who wouldn’t join the team for a few years. That would give Oklahoma City financial relief and a building block player for the future.
–Field Level Media (@FieldLevelMedia)

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