Report: Thunder Shopping Role Players Ahead of Draft

Perry Jones.
Perry Jones.

As the Oklahoma City Thunder approach what could be their final season with Kevin Durant, the front office is working out the best way to reinforce the roster ahead of the upcoming season. According to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix, the Thunder are shopping Perry Jones, Jeremy Lamb and veteran Steve Novak ahead of Friday’s draft.

Jones, who played big minutes early in last season in the absence of Durant and Russell Westbrook, was drafted 28th overall by the Thunder in the 2012 draft. Lamb, a shooting guard, was acquired in the deal which sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets, while Novak was added in a deal which netted the Thunder Enes Kanter from Utah at this year’s trade deadline.

The Thunder are unlikely to get anything more than a second-round pickĀ for any of the players, but Mannix says that the deal is one that may be “financially motivated” on the part of the Thunder.