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Why OKC Thunder should buy or sell before NBA Trade Deadline

We go over what the Okahoma City Thunder need to do before the deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.

George Hill of the Oklahoma City Thunder plays defense during the game against the Chicago Bulls on January 15, 2021 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images

The Oklahoma City Thunder keep trying to tank and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander keeps saying “NOT TODAY, SATAN!” Well, not Satan, it’s more like he’s showing Sam Presti that he made a good decision acquiring him from the Clippers. Anyway, the Thunder don’t have many other players to pawn off before Thursday’s trade deadline. We could see a few veterans moved and a few others dealt as salary dumps to be bought out. Let’s take a look.

The Thunder will almost certainly be selling in the next two days. PG George Hill will be the hottest commodity from OKC on the market. He’s getting paid $9 million this season and has a non-guaranteed contract for next season. So Hill is basically an expiring. The veteran shooter brings experience — including 127 postseason games, 91 in which he’s started. Hill is also a career 38 percent 3-point shooter. He’ll almost certainly land on a contending team to provide depth at PG off the bench.

The other two names who could be involved in deals are Justin Jackson, Darius Miller and Mike Muscala. All three are on expiring contracts and the Thunder could include one of them in a deal, which would allow for another team to buy out their contract. None of them would really garner any interest on the buyout market.