Western Conference teams and their needs ahead of the trade deadline

The trade deadline provides a great opportunity for teams to bolster their roster and address any weaknesses or needs they might have. Let's take a look at some of the Western Conference teams and what their trade deadline goals and possibilities could be:

Oklahoma City Thunder: The Thunder are sitting in a pretty good position in the West, but they could use some help on the glass. Their abundance of draft picks makes them a potential trade partner for anyone looking to move on from a bigger contract.

Minnesota Timberwolves: The Timberwolves have a promising core, but their bench could use some additional scoring and playmaking. They don't have many assets to trade outside of their lottery-protected first-round swaps and rookie Josh Minott.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers have one of the best defenses in the league, but they could use some additional depth, especially at the center position. Marcus Morris and Norman Powell could be some salary filler, but they also have the Thunder's draft pick to offer.

Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets are in the playoff picture, but they're a risky bet to make it out of the first round. They have very little to offer in terms of salaries that could match with another team's outgoing contract.

Sacramento Kings: The Kings have been one of the league's biggest disappointments this season. They've been linked to several superstar players like Kyrie Irving and Bradley Beal, but dealing for a player like Dejounte Murray could be more their speed. They also have the draft assets and salary-matching contracts with Harrison Barnes and Kevin Huerter to make a move.

Let's see what the trade deadline will bring us in terms of action on the western front.

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