Since the risky acquisition of Paul George, the OKC Thunder have been unable to meet their Championship expectations. The team is good but inconsistent and has been unable to stay at a high level throughout the entirety of the NBA season.
It has become evident that they need at least one more piece before they can truly take that next step in the Western Conference.
According to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, one of the potential trade targets for the Thunder next summer is Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards.
“After two years of failing to make it out of the first round, it’s clear the combo of Paul George and Russell Westbrook isn’t enough. Outside shooting is a need for the Thunder, who finished the regular season 22nd overall with a team three-point success rate of 34.8 percent. Beal is a career 38.4 percent shooter from deep and has evolved his offensive game to near superstar status. He won’t come cheaply, of course.”
Beal makes perfect sense for the Thunder. As a young guard who can shoot, he can fill in Westbrook's biggest weakness on the offensive end, and alleviate pressure from Paul George. For Washington, Adams would fill a role they have long sought to fill. The two picks, Ferguson, and Grant also give them some young talent back.
It makes sense for the Thunder, but their appreciation for Adams should not be underestimated. It will be hard for them to let him go, but it may be necessary if they want to maximize their postseason chances next year.