NBA Rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder Trying To Trade Into Top 5

Apr 21, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder fan Larry Hill of Oklahoma City celebrates after hitting a half court shot to win $20,000 during a break in action against the Houston Rockets in the second half during game one of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There have been several rumors revolving around the Oklahoma City Thunder  and their desire to trade into the lottery. They’d love to add another young piece and seem to be targeting Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. The Cavaliers continue to explore the possibility of trading the pick, but apparently haven’t found an offer they’d like (Although there is a rumor the Cavaliers made an offer including the #1 overall pick in an attempt to acquire forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves).

However, the Thunder don’t seem to have the means to acquire the top overall pick. In fact, it doesn’t look like they have a package that could land them any pick inside the top 5.

According to Andy Katz of ESPN, “a source said Oklahoma City was interested in packaging its two first-round picks (Nos. 12 and 29) and Kendrick Perkins for a top-five pick. But the Thunder have had no takers either.”

12 and 29 aren’t exactly fantastic assets and Perkins had an awful season and was even worse in the playoffs. The veteran center averaged just 4.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Thunder last season.

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