Wojnarowski: Oklahoma City Thunder has been active in search for a shooter


The Thunder want to add a three-point specialist before next Thursday's deadline.

The trade deadline is less than a week away (five days, to be exact; the actual date is February 20th), and it looks like the Thunder is another one of the many teams scouring through the trade market. Per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski:

My initial reaction to this was that this fits in nicely with the Thabo Sefolosha trade rumor of last week and my hypothesis that the Thunder were looking to move Sefolosha for a shooter. Sefolosha might be their most tradable asset in terms of replaceability and trade value. That they're looking for a "two-way wing player" (read: 3-and-D) isn't surprising, since that type of role player is pretty much what every team in the league wants nowadays. Make no mistake though, the need here is three-point shooting since they're trading a standout defender in Sefolosha.

The tl;dr version of my post from last week is that Sefolosha has regressed to 33.6% shooting from this season after shooting 41.9% last season, and it coincides with a lack of spot-up shooters for the Thunder this season. If you look at this table from Basketball-Reference, you can see how the Thunder are missing a three-point specialist that has been both efficient and prolific.

Rk Player Age G GS MP 3P 3PA 3P%
1 Kevin Durant 25 54 54 38.2 2.2 5.4 .410
2 Russell Westbrook 25 25 25 32.9 1.4 4.4 .309
3 Serge Ibaka 24 54 54 32.6 0.3 0.7 .375
4 Reggie Jackson 23 55 30 28.4 1.0 3.1 .315
5 Jeremy Lamb 21 55 0 22.1 1.3 3.5 .366
6 Thabo Sefolosha 29 51 51 26.9 0.8 2.5 .336
7 Derek Fisher 39 54 0 16.3 1.0 2.6 .381
8 Nick Collison 33 54 0 17.5 0.0 0.2 .167
9 Kendrick Perkins 29 53 53 20.0 0.0 0.0 .000
10 Perry Jones 22 44 2 12.2 0.3 0.8 .351
11 Steven Adams 20 55 2 14.4 0.0 0.0
12 Andre Roberson 22 22 4 7.5 0.0 0.2 .200
13 Hasheem Thabeet 26 8 0 5.5 0.0 0.0
14 Ryan Gomes 31 5 0 6.8 0.0 0.4 .000
15 Royal Ivey 32 2 0 2.5 0.0 0.5 .000
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/14/2014.

Guys I named as potential targets in my original piece on trading Sefolosha include Jared Dudley, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Foye, Trevor Ariza and (the unlikely best case scenario) Arron Afflalo. C.J. Miles was a very popular candidate on Twitter as a player the Thunder might target, and he's been great in Cleveland this season. With assets like Perry Jones III and the Dallas Mavericks' protected first-rounder as well as some trade exceptions, the Thunder definitely have the flexibility to get a deal done before next Thursday.

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