In the wake of the aftermath of Paul George’s departure from Oklahoma City on his way to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Thunder made another big move Monday morning as they traded starting power forward Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a 2020 first-round pick.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise considering the youth of Grant on top of the fact that he was just given an extension last summer at what many considered to be a bargain price of 3 years for $27 million.
On the other side, the trade makes sense as the Thunder continues to build up assets for what appears to be a complete rebuild for the future, all while cutting salary in attempt to avoid one of the worst salary tax payments in NBA history.
Replacing Grant in the starting lineup will be newly acquired forward Danilo Gallinari who came from the Clippers in the Paul George spot. Gallinari is a quality veteran who, if he can stay healthy, should be able to contribute heavily on the offensive end.
While this move is devastating for a lot of Thunder fans, it is more than likely not the last one to be made this summer. Stay tuned for more updates.
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