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Heat trade KZ Okpala to Thunder for 2026 second-rounder

Heat trade KZ Okpala to Thunder for 2026 second-rounder

The Miami Heat traded reserve forward KZ Okpala to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a 2026 second-round pick, per Marc Stein.

Okpala has been unable to crack Miami's rotation consistently for a few years, so dumping his salary helps clear an open roster spot.

Oklahoma City and Miami also agreed upon amending the 2023 first-round pick Miami previously sent their way from a former deal, instead changing it to starting in 2025.

The Heat now have flexibility to make a win-now move before the trade deadline thanks to more immeidate drarft capital suddenly appearing. Expect to see Miami in on some win-now pieces before the buzzer sounds on Thursday.

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