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The Oklahoma City Thunder are exploring ways to trade their No. 21 overall draft pick in conversations with several opposing teams, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti apparently wants to avoid using the pick so that the Thunder can “reduce team salary and relieve financial pressure,” Charania reported.
All 30 first-round picks receive guaranteed contracts.
Along with the Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics are looking to use their picks to acquire veterans, league sources told Amico Hoops.
The Spurs own two first-rounders and the Celtics have three. The Celtics, in particular, are expected to include at least two of their three first-rounders in a package offer for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.
Meanwhile, the Thunder may be willing to move their first for multiple second-rounders this year or a future first.
Teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets are rumored to be exploring ways to add another first-round pick.