The Thunder netted Dion Waiters in the three-team trade that went down on Monday, but were evidently active in trade talks with other teams before this one was finalized.
Oklahoma City could have added Brook Lopez to the fold, while ridding itself of Kendrick Perkins in the process. But it was the Nets, following a recent stretch of winning six out of seven, who ultimately decided to pass.
Was told Nets + OKC recently talked involving Lopez, K. Perkins (expiring deal), P. Jones, L. Thomas but stood pat liking how they’ve played
Brook Lopez is averaging 20.7 ppg and 8.2 rebounds in last four games. Nets had won 6-of-7 before losing last two close games
And from NetsDaily:
A league source confirmed to NetsDaily that the two sides spoke but no “firm offers” were made.
Every team is engaging in constant discussions with others on ways to potentially improve the roster, so this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
But it does indicate that the Thunder were perhaps a little desperate to make something happen.
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There’s a huge difference, obviously, between acquiring a starting big man that is capable of playing like an All-Star on the offensive end of the floor, and adding someone like Waiters — a two-guard who likes to shoot, when the Thunder are already fairly loaded at the guard position.
Those are two entirely different directions to go in ways to improve the team, and we’ll have to wait and see whether or not Waiters adds what the Thunder have been missing. But it’s clear the front office in Oklahoma City is feeling the pressure, and is doing everything possible to not miss the playoffs in one of Kevin Durant’s final two seasons under contract before he’s able to make a free agent decision.