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Why did the OKC Thunder waive KZ Okpala?

The OKC Thunder had one of the least exciting NBA Trade Deadlines since they moved to Bricktown in 2008, which is to be expected as most of those seasons they were in search of players to get them over the hump in a chase for an NBA Championship, this year? Not so much. The biggest drama would be if Sam Presti would flip Kenrich Williams or Mike Muscala to a contender, which did not happen.
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Thunder's KZ Okpala: Not listed on injury report

Okpala (wrist) is not listed on the Thunder's injury report ahead of Friday's contest against the 76ers, Rylan Stiles of BricktownBuckets.com reports. Okpala hasn't taken the court since Dec. 28 due to a wrist injury, but in a surprising turn of events, the third-year forward appears to be trending towards being available Friday. If he does suit up, Okpala would be making his Thunder debut after being traded by the Heat in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick. However, even if he is available, it's unlikely he garners a big enough role to crack fantasy relevancy.
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Thunder's KZ Okpala: Waived by OKC

Okpala (wrist) was waived by the Thunder on Friday, Andrew Schlecht of The Athletic reports. This news clears up the surprising reports of Okpala not being on Friday's injury report -- it turns out he wasn't on the team anymore. It's possible Okpala's wrist issue is, in fact, too much of a hindrance for the Thunder to hang onto him for the remainder of the season. More information regarding the confusing situation -- the Thunder gave up a second-round pick in the trade -- may arrive eventually.
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Heat trade KZ Okpala to Thunder for future second-round pick

The Miami Heat have added a future asset via a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for forward KZ Okpala, the Heat announced Wednesday. Okpala has appeared in 63 games in his career, all of which were with the Heat. A second-round pick in the 2019 draft, he has shown steady improvement in his career and is averaging 3.7 ppg and 2.0 rpg while shooting 43.5% overall and 34.6% on 3-pointers through 21 games season.
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Report: Miami Heat trade away KZ Okpala to Oklahoma City Thunder

The Miami Heat have made a small splash ahead of the trade deadline. The team has traded away KZ Okpala in a deal that has some interesting draft pick implications. Okpala has been a trade candidate for quite some time, and he was even mentioned in a recent report that linked the Heat to P.J. Washington.
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OKC Thunder waive KZ Okpala

The Oklahoma City Thunder has waived forward KZ Okpala, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Okpala was acquired from the Miami Heat on Feb. 9, 2022. Author: Inside Hoops. InsideHoops.com has been a world leader in NBA basketball coverage for over 20 years....
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KZ Okpala traded to Thunder. What it means for Heat’s current roster, stock of draft picks

Even with the top record in the Eastern Conference at 35-20, the Miami Heat is making at least one move before Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline. The Heat opened another roster spot, added flexibility under the luxury tax and unlocked additional first-round picks that can be included in a future trade by sending forward KZ Okpala to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick. The 2026 second-round selection will be the lessor from either the Thunder, Dallas Mavericks or Philadelphia 76ers, which are all currently held by Oklahoma City.
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Heat deals KZ Okpala to Thunder, and now has more first-round picks it can trade

The Miami Heat is making at least one move before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. The Heat announced on Wednesday that it acquired a 2026 second-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for KZ Okpala. The 2026 second-round selection will be the lessor from either the Thunder, Dallas Mavericks or Philadelphia 76ers, which are owed to the Thunder.
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Heat trade KZ Okpala to Oklahoma City for draft pick

MIAMI – The Miami Heat made a minor move ahead of the NBA trade deadline. The Heat sent forward KZ Okpala to Oklahoma City. In exchange, the Thunder sent the Heat a 2026 second round draft pick. The Heat selected Okpala in the second round of the 2019 draft.
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The Thunder Trades a 2026 Second-Round Pick for KZ Okpala.

The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired Miami Heat forward KZ Okpala for a 2026 second- round pick on Wednesday afternoon. Alongside Okpala, who is an unrestricted free agent in 2022, the Thunder amended the protections on the Heat’s 2023 first-round pick and two years of protections previously owed to Oklahoma City via the Paul George trade to the Los Angeles Clippers.
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Heat trade KZ Okpala to Thunder

Zach Lowe: Heat and Thunder have agreed to amend the terms of the first-round pick Miami owes OKC in a way that gives the Heat more flexibility to trade picks now — details in release. KZ Okpala included in trade to Thunder. Potentially important. Source: Twitter @ZachLowe_NBA. What’s the...
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Thunder's KZ Okpala: Traded to Oklahoma City

Okpala (wrist) was traded from the Heat to the Thunder on Wednesday in exchange for a 2026 second-round pick. Okpala hasn't taken the court since Dec. 28 due to a wrist injury, and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return in spite of his day-to-day designation from the Heat. However, he'll presumably be unavailable for Oklahoma City's game against the Raptors on Wednesday. It's not yet clear whether the Thunder will keep Okpala, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports. If he remains with the organization, he should provide an additional option off the bench once healthy after he averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.6 minutes per game across 21 appearances to begin the season.
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