It looks like the rumor mill is trying to help the Oklahoma City Thunder find a new partner for franchise star Russell Westbrook. After a few names surfaced, a new one is being linked to them and it is the Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick.
Redick is a difficult target for the Thunder if ever he is on their radar. The shooter is an important player for the Clippers whose head coach, Doc Rivers, wants to keep the team's core intact.
However, Redick might be a perfect fit for the Thunder and their backcourt.
Westbrook can score from anywhere on the court but he is known for his aggressiveness in driving to the basket, while Redick is a pure shooter. Putting them together gives Oklahoma City a deadly tandem. One can wreak havoc in the paint, and the other is making the opposing team's defense pay with his outside daggers.
But if the Thunder truly desire Redick, they should put up an enticing offer enough for the Clippers to contemplate.
A potential package deal the Thunder can place on the table will include Alex Abrines, Kyle Singler, with a 2017 first-round pick. For now, it is undetermined if this captures the interest of the Clippers.
It is a good group though, especially with a first-rounder included. Abrines may just be debuting in the upcoming season but he has great potential. Singler has been in the league for four seasons now and he can be a great role player for any team.
Abrines and Singler might also be the bench players the Clippers are searching for to boost their second unit production.
Maybe the biggest issue on this one which will prevent it from happening is experience. Having a future selection plus two young talents is great, but none of them equal the years Redick spent in the league. He is already proven and established, and the Clippers are likely holding on to that.