NBA trade rumors about Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shay Gilgeous-Alexander are still alive. During the offseason, reports suggested the Toronto Raptors were interested in trading for the fifth-year guard.
However, a trade package never materialized. After Chet Holmgren — the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft — suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury at the CrawsOver Pro-Am in Seattle in August, fans thought a trade was inevitable.
At a handful of NBA betting sites, the Thunder have the 27th-lowest odds to win the championship this season. In other words, it’s unlikely. Not many sportsbooks expect them to make the playoffs.
According to an anonymous NBA executive, via The Athletic, the Shai Gilgeous-Alexander/Toronto Raptors rumors are still alive.https://t.co/SVkLZHaEOV
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Now, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, a team trading for Gilgeous-Alexander could be imminent. And that unknown team could be the Raptors.
“You’re hearing that Tea is upset about losing, and so I think it’s a Toronto thing that we’ve all heard about their interest in Tea this summer,” one unnamed executive told Amick.
“But how far [the Thunder] You want to push this [tanking effort]?
That is the main question at the moment. Oklahoma City is currently 4-7 and 13th in the Western Conference.
Will the Thunder trade Shai Gilgeous-Alexander this offseason? The Raptors are still interested.
Most sportsbooks give the Thunder a projected win total of 23.5 wins for the season. Opponents are expecting to miss the playoffs for the third straight season.
So, it makes sense why GM Sam Presti might be tempted to trade Gilgeous-Alexander to an Eastern Conference team, especially if the price is right.
Will Holgren’s return hold the Kentucky product’s mind for another season? By votes, he wants to win now. It is unknown if the 24-year-old has requested a trade.
Through 12 games this season, the Raptors are 7-5 and fifth overall in the conference. Toronto’s win total this season is 45.5. This explains why the Ontario native wants to get rid of the Thunder.
Last season, Toronto went 48-34 (.585) and finished fifth in the East. However, in the first round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs, the Raptors won in six games against the Philadelphia 76ers.
If Toronto’s front office plans to return to the playoffs this offseason, adding Gilgeous-Alexander is a logical move. So far, the guard is posting career high numbers for points, steals and blocks.
He is averaging 31.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.5 blocks. He is also shooting 53.7% from the field and 32.1% from downtown.
To answer that question, the Thunder traded Shai Gilgeous-Alexander this offseason. If not the Raptors, another team could make a big offer. But Presti will only pull the trigger if he can get plenty of draft picks and reliable role players in return.
Raptors GM Bobby Webster plans to monitor this situation.