According to multiple reports, the Thunder and Blazers have agreed to a deal sending Eric Maynor to Portland. The Thunder will land a trade exception for Maynor (around $2.5 million), but no draft pick.
To complete the deal, the Thunder will receive the draft rights to Giorgios Printezis from the Blazers. (And yes, you can immediately forget that name now.)
After losing his backup job to Reggie Jackson 25 games into the season, Maynor was seeking a way out of OKC in order to play for a new contract as he’s going to be a restricted free agent this summer.
Here’s what a trade exception is if you’re wondering:
If a team trades away a player with a higher salary than the player they acquire in return , they receive what is called a trade exception. Teams with a trade exception have up to a year in which they can acquire more salary in other trades than they send away, as long as the difference in the deal is no more than what the initial exception was for. Having an exception is often useful in making a player-for-pick swap, since it’s sometimes hard to line up salaries.
The Thunder now have only two point guards on the roster, which is a bit scary heading into the postseason. But Russell Westbrook will play 45 minutes a game anyway, so it might not matter.
OKC had been said to be seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Maynor.