OKC Add McDermott and Gibson
The Thunder were able to trade Payne, Lauvergue, and Morrow in exchange for Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott. They also were able to be a 2018 second round pick in the deal. The Thunder are hoping that McDermott shooting ability can help open up space in the middle of the floor for Westbrook.
Taj Gibson should also help them in the post. Gibson is expected to take over the power forward position from rookie Sabonis who has struggled this year. The Thunder were in a strong playoff position, but in order to have any shot at beating the top teams in the west they needed to make this move.
By Brian Barrett