NBA Trade Rumors: 6 Realistic star targets that would make OKC Thunder contenders

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NBA Trade Rumors: Predicting five stars that the Oklahoma City Thunder could target to help them contend in the Western Conference.

Heading into the start of the 2023-24 NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder are considered to be a potential dark horse in the Western Conference. They have the talent to make some noise in the conference but are far from a surefire playoff team. If their young players continue to make positive strides, there’s a chance OKC could find themselves right in the thick of the playoff race.

Adding a veteran star via trade, however, could completely change the ceiling for the young Thunder. We’ll explore six star players that are somewhat on the trade block that could help the Thunder make the jump to contention this season.

6 Stars the Oklahoma City Thunder could target to make the jump to contention

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers

James Harden clearly wants a trade and while he’d like to be moved to LA, you can’t help but wonder if he’d be OK just playing for another team. Harden is pretty affordable when it comes to the asking price and is on an expiring contract. If Harden would be willing to roll the dice on one season on a young, exciting team, the Thunder would be a great suitor.

Harden started his career in OKC and perhaps there’s somewhat of a storybook ending that would work between the two sides. It may seem unlikely, but Harden with the young Thunder would be quite intriguing.