Report: Thunder actively shopping for a shooter

Per Woj:

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.

2014-02-13 22:23:03
why trade the heart and soul of the team for gary neal?
2014-02-13 22:30:25
I would be so happy if that Gary Neal deal got done
2014-02-13 22:46:46
Just as long as it's not Evan Fournier... and pretty much anyone else on the list.
2014-02-13 22:51:38
Foye Though....
2014-02-13 22:53:38
Give me the Jimmer!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2014-02-13 23:02:13
KaKiSlacks  think Denver lets that happen?
2014-02-14 07:03:26
KaKiSlacks  I would take Foye in a heartbeat.  However...if I were a betting man...I'd be looking at the fact Presti had signed Miles before (so you know he's on his radar) and that our trade exception for Maynor covers Miles' salary.
2014-02-14 10:47:02
CJ seems like a perfect fit to me.  ~40% from three, hits his FTs.  20 minutes a game guy and oh by the way, he wouldn't cost us Hash or take us above the Luxury tax.  I hope the Cav's can find it in there hearts to let him go.
Funaki you dude
2014-02-14 10:59:31
I like Middleton
2014-02-14 11:30:04
Oh god, not Foye. He seems to shoot well against us, but way too streaky and can be a chucker.
2014-02-14 11:53:58
Give me  Jimmer Fredette!!! Our bench would look great with jackson/ fisher jimmer, Lamb, Perry Jones and Steve Adams. And imagine when durant comes in that at the 4 with the second team... SO MANY SHOOTERS TO SPREAD THE FLOOR WITH!!!!
2014-02-14 13:15:27
Anthony Morrow... probably wouldn't take much to get him. The guy can shoot and play D
2014-02-14 13:32:55
To put another shooter in we have to sit a shooter down. Fish, Lamb,Westbrook, Durant, Reggie, Perry, Ibaka all can shoot. Which one are you going to sit down for at best a 40% shooter who can't play defense or rebound. Smart people don't make those kind of moves.
2014-02-14 13:59:14
OohWeeItsVelvetHoop Who do you think we are giving up for Gary Neal?
2014-02-14 14:50:53
ctowles  you are right possibly give fisher more time to rest if we get another guy to have him at full strength entering the playoffs.
2014-02-14 15:14:33
Yeah but... the only true three point threats we have are Durant and Lamb, IMO.  Ibaka is a really good mid range shooter - Fish, Russ, and Reggie (also throw Thabo in there) can be streaky but I don't feel comfortable with them come playoff time - and I don't feel like Perry has proven himself as a shooter at all (potential yes).  Just would be nice to have a wing shooter to space the floor a little better for KD and Russ. IMO.
2014-02-14 15:15:58
Over on ESPN there is a lot of talk about expanding the NBA. If there is an expansion of 2 teams, I think there should be a division realignment, so that all divisions have the same amount of teams (4), and are geographically correct. And I didn't worry about the names of the divisions/new teams too much... I was bored. WESTERN CONFERENCE: ~ North West  Seattle Supersonics (new team) Portland Trailblazers Sacramento Kings Golden State Warriors ~ West LA Clippers LA Lakers Utah Jazz Phoenix Suns  ~ South West Dallas Mavericks  San Antonio Spurs  Houston Rockets  New Orleans Pelicans  ~ Central West Minnesota Timberwolves  Denver Nuggets Saint Louis Citizens (new team) Oklahoma City Thunder  EASTERN CONFERENCE: ~ North East Boston Celtics  New York Knicks Brooklyn Nets Toronto Raptors ~ East Philadelphia 76ers Charlotte Bobcats Washington Wizards Cleveland Cavaliers ~ South East Memphis Grizzlies Atlanta Hawks  Orlando Magic Miami Heat ~ Central East Milwaukee Bucks  Chicago Bulls Indiana Pacers Detroit Pistons
2014-02-14 15:24:41
SensitiveGuy  Im digging the St.Louis Citiens, thats not half bad.
2014-02-14 15:27:12
endercpl SensitiveGuy  Thanks. That city deserves a team, too.
The Big Kiwi
2014-02-15 13:40:48
SensitiveGuy  definitely some illogical outliers.  Memphis in the SE?
2014-02-16 00:40:01 Bargain Kiwi Kirk Penney..3 point ace