NBA Rumors: Thunder Set High Price For Defensive Specialist


The Oklahoma City Thunder haven't been mentioned much in trade talks, but one name that has garnered some interest on the market is forward Kenrich Williams. The Thunder have set a high price, however, for the services of the 27-year-old. 

Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report says the Thunder are looking for a 1st-round pick in return for the swingman. He features outstanding defense, with the ability to play and guard 1 through 4, and serious long-range bombing—38.5% from three, following a 44% mark last season. He would certainly be a great add for a contender heading down the stretch. 

Two teams that have been mentioned as possible fits include the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

The Nuggets have been racked with injury problems, and their defensive rating currently ranks in the middle of the pack; they're overloaded with strong guard play, and with Michael Porter Jr. out for the season, they could certainly use an upgrade at forward off the bench to help make a push in the Western Conference. 

Likewise, the Lakers are middle of the pack on defense, and Williams' outside shooting is something LeBron and Co. are lacking. 

Williams has a non-guaranteed $2M contract for next season, and makes the league minimum, which only increases his attractiveness to other teams. Combine that, with the fact that two-way wings of Williams' caliber are in short supply on the trade market, and "Kenny Hustle", just might be able to score OKC the draft pick they're looking for.