NBA Trades: Oklahoma City fixes major flaw in potential trade with Cleveland

Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Six
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NBA Trades: Would the Thunder accept this deal?

The Thunder’s season ended earlier than they would have liked because they were not physical enough in the paint. They could not grab rebounds when it mattered and were often pushed around by the stronger Mavericks. Allen fixes that problem.

Since landing with the Cavs in 2020, Allen has averaged 10 rebounds per game and accumulated 161 double-doubles. Before injuring his ribs against the Orlando Magic in the playoffs this season, Allen was averaging 17 points and 14 rebounds in four games. He has been a steady presence in the frontcourt for Cleveland.

OKC could use a big man of Allen’s caliber in their frontcourt and he gives them a more physical force at the center position. As good as Holmgren is, he needs someone next to him that can grab rebounds and protect the rim with him. He cannot do it alone.

The fit with Holmgren and Allen won’t clog the Thunder’s offense as well due to the fact that Holmgren can stretch the floor. He shot 37 percent from three-point range in the regular season. Allen also gives Shai Gilgeous-Alexander a pick and roll partner that can add another dimension to OKC’s offense to make them that much more dangerous. They would also likely accept this.