Armed with trade exceptions, OKC has been active in search for a shooter to fortify them for title run, league sources tell Yahoo.
Obviously, this isn’t shocking, or breaking news. But it is trade deadline news, and it is very relevant.
Here’s what the Thunder have:
- A $2.3 million trade exception they received for Eric Maynor last deadline that is set to expire on Feb. 21, a day after the trade deadline.
- A $6.5 million trade exception they received in the Kevin Martin offseason deal, that doesn’t expire until this summer.
- An $884,293 trade exception acquired in the Ryan Gomes deal that expires next year in January.
- The Thunder also have two first round picks this season.
So, as I’ve noted before, the Thunder have some trade options. They’re about $2.3 million under the luxury tax threshold, which is conveniently the same amount as the Maynor trade exception.
A few players that fit:
- C.J. Miles ($2.25 million)
- Jimmer Fredette ($2.4 million)
- Jodie Meeks ($1.5 million)
- Anthony Morrow ($1.1 million)
- Gary Neal ($3.2 million, trade Hasheem Thabeet)
- Mike Dunleavy ($3.1 million, trade Thabeet)
- Khris Middleton ($788,872)
- Evan Fournier ($1.4 million)
- Randy Foye ($3.0 million)
(Woj with an update: “To be exact, the Thunder are shopping more for a two-way wing player than simply a shooter.” So among that list, C.J. Miles, who again, Presti signed to an offer sheet in 2008, could be the best fit.)
A few league sources have definitely maintained that the Thunder have been active on the phones the past few days, calling around on the availability of some players. Whether or not they’re going to be able to piece together an actual deal is yet to be seen.
A week to go until we find out.