The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly one of four teams who have expressed interest in acquiring Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo. Afflalo is averaging 14.5 points while shooting 43% from the field and 33% on 3-pointers this season.
Around a month ago, the Thunder were directly involved in trade discussions with the Brooklyn Nets regarding the acquisition of Brook Lopez. However, the discussions broke down when the Nets decided to pull out of Lopez trade talks for the moment.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders confirms that the trade talks between the Nets and the Thunder aren't beyond repair.
Tonight, an executive told me Thunder and Nets are most aggressive teams in trade talks. They want to deal, and may trade with each other.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) February 16, 2015
Based on the facts available, it appears increasingly likely that the Thunder will end up with a trade before the deadline. Despite the Afflalo rumors, I still believe that the Thunder have a better chance at getting Lopez, as the Nuggets will likely demand a first round draft pick for Afflalo. The Thunder already gave up their first-rounder to acquire Dion Waiters in a three-team trade with the Cavaliers and the Knicks. In order to get Afflalo now, the Thunder will likely require a third team's help.
Certainly, acquiring either Afflalo or Lopez would be beneficial for the Thunder. Besides that, it also gives them the opportunity to trade Perkins who's being overpaid nearly $9.2 million and Reggie Jackson who's been unhappy with his role.
Here are some possible scenarios of a three team trade between the Thunder, Nets and Nuggets.
Pursuing Afflalo through a three team deal
The Thunder were interested in Wilson Chandler a while ago, and if they are still interested in him, here is how they could acquire both Afflalo and Chandler. That said, the Nuggets want to make a trade for first rounders. Therefore, the likelihood of the above scenario is weak.
Pursuing Lopez through a three team deal
Acquiring Lopez in a three team deal would send both Perkins and Jackson away. However, the Thunder would be required to trade McGary whom they seem reluctant to trade now.