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Thunder Stands Pat At Deadline, Visits Lakers Tonight

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The NBA’s trade deadline has come and gone, anticlimactically for Thunder fans. Oklahoma City takes on the Lakers tonight in L.A. at 9:30 p.m. CT.

Luke Walton and Los Angeles won’t have Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. tonight; they dealt the pair to Cleveland in exchange for Isaiah Thomas and the Cavs’ first round pick. Clarkson had 18 points in last week’s Lakers win over OKC.

Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony remain questionable after getting banged up in Tuesday’s 125-105 drubbing of Golden State. That win snapped a four-game skid for the Thunder (31-24), which sits in fifth-place in the West and is now two games behind Minnesota for fourth and 1.5 ahead of sixth-place Denver.

Rumored to be after the likes of Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, Rodney Hood or Jonathon Simmons, Thunder GM Sam Presti was unable to trade for a wing replacement for injured Andre Roberson. That doesn’t mean the Thunder is done, however.

Look for Presti to explore the buyout market this spring. Many players – Joe Johnson, Tony Allen and Derrick Rose to name three – will be bought out by teams looking to dump salary off their books.

Adding another wing player, especially a defensive-minded one, for the playoffs will still be a priority. How much an old Tony Allen or a washed-up Joe Johnson can help – that’s up for debate.

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