ESPN's Marc Spears is reporting that the Oklahoma City Thunder are shopping versatile power forward, Serge Ibaka, ahead of tonight's NBA draft.
The Thunder is shopping big man Serge Ibaka on this draft day, a source said. https://t.co/obBwkWDf6F— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 23, 2016
This is the most surprising player to be rumored available so far. Ibaka has been a cornerstone piece for the Thunder since he came into the league in 2009 and played a large part in helping them push the Warriors to 7 games in the Western Conference Finals.
The Thunder are also dealing with the lingering question of Kevin Durant's free agency. Durant has been very secretive about his plans this summer and no one is certain if he is leaning toward staying in OKC or bolting for a larger market or what he deems to be a more competitive situation.
Ibaka would be an incredible fit in Denver. He has the three things the Denver Nuggets need most: rim protection, defensive versatility, and shooting. He would be an excellent fit alongside Nikola Jokic and/or Jusuf Nurkic. Of course, grabbing Ibaka via trade would require giving up a lot in return. Danilo Gallinari's salary matches fairly well and the ESPN trade machine seems to like that deal for OKC.
Oh my god, Ibaka-Jokic frontcourt, just take my money and fandom now. https://t.co/b5UcciIVxY— Ben Dowsett (@Ben_Dowsett) June 23, 2016