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Thunder stand still at trade deadline

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The Thunder ended up not making any moves for the trade deadline. The big name that could’ve gotten moved was Danilo Gallinari to the Heat. Momentum picked up on that trade last night when it was reported that the Heat were trying to create a three team deal with the Thunder and Grizzlies in order to land both Andre Iguodola and Gallinari.

It started to look like an inevitable trade last night until this morning when Woj broke the news that the potential three team trade has stalled because the Heat and Gallinari couldn’t agree on the terms of an extension.

Gallinari, who will be a UFA this summer, wanted a full three year extension while the Heat wanted a team option in his deal so that they can keep their cap space for the summer 2021 where players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Victor Oladipo become UFAs.

The two sides never came into an agreement before today’s 2 p.m. CST deadline and the Thunder ended up not making any moves. This is an interesting tidbit of information because Woj makes it sound like that Gallinari, not the Thunder, were the ones to say no to the deal. Woj also reported last night that the Thunder wanted the protections off the 2023 Heat first round pick along with more draft picks in any Gallinari trade.

Nonetheless, the Thunder have control of all their tradeable assets beyond this season except for Gallinari, where it has already been reported that he is willing to work with the Thunder in a sign and trade this offseason since all of the contending teams in the league can’t straight up sign him due to the lack of cap space. A sign and trade would be the best possible route for these teams to take in order to sign Gallinari. This benefits the Thunder a lot obviously because they will get assets back instead of losing Gallinari for nothing.

The Thunder will ride this season out with this group and see what happens in the playoffs then they will shift gears to the summer where they’ll be busy once again.