OKC looking to bolster its bench bunch

Thunder wing Andre Roberson may be near a return following knee surgery in May.

Coming off their most impressive victory of the season — a 125-105 conquest of defending champion Golden State on its home floor Tuesday night — the Oklahoma City Thunder are casting a wide net looking for help.

OKC, of course, lost starting shooting guard and top defender Andre Roberson to a left torn patellar tendon two weeks ago.

Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports says the Thunder are looking to add depth.

“The Thunder — who never had any intention of trading Paul George — have canvassed the league in search of bench help,” he writes. “The need for a wing defender increased in the wake of Andre Roberson’s season-ending knee injury, and OKC has indeed done due diligence on Avery Bradley, Jonathan Simmons and any other wing defender it believes could be on the market.”

However, while OKC is interested in possible upgrades, it is limited in what it could offer in return, according to Mannix.

“But with limited assets, the Thunder will likely wait and see if the asking price for that type of player comes down closer to the deadline,” he said. “Or wait and try to land someone on what could be a robust buyout market.”