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Draft Rumors: Thunder Make a Play for No. 1 Pick

According to reports from Basketball News contributor Matt Babcock and Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman, the Thunder have offered a trade package to the Pistons for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are on the hunt to move up from the No. 6 pick to the No. 1 spot in the 2021 NBA Draft. According to Basketball News contributor Matt Babcock, the Thunder offered the Pistons the No. 6 pick and guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for the rights to the first selection on Thursday night.

I expect Cade Cunningham to be the top overall pick in this draft, selected by the Detroit Pistons. However, I’ve been told that the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder have been knocking the Pistons’ door down. Rumor has it that the Thunder offered the No. 6 pick and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in exchange for No. 1 — the Pistons declined. If the Pistons receive an offer better than that one, they may need to seriously consider it.

Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman also reported that the Thunder attempted to strike a deal with the Pistons in order to select Cade Cunningham.

While it’s already been reported that the Houston Rockets have made offers to the Detroit Pistons, I’m told the Oklahoma City Thunder have also tried (and failed) to strike a deal for the No. 1 pick by offering Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the No. 6 pick.

Cunningham is considered the consensus No. 1 pick in the lead up to draft night. Last season, the 6-foot-8 guard averaged 20.1 points and 3.5 assists per game with the Oklahoma State Cowboys.