“Lots riding on Shumpert MRI: In addition to possibly going to LAC, source says possible he goes to OKC for first round pick.”
The Thunder have two first rounders to offer, their own and a top 20 protected pick via the Mavericks. Shumpert is making $1.7 million this season and $2.6 million next season. With the $2.3 million trade exception in hand from the Eric Maynor deal, it would be a rather easy deal to complete, assuming the Thunder are willing to part with one of their precious first round picks for him. And there’s this: Taking on Shumpert wouldn’t put the Thunder over the luxury tax.
But remember: OKC gave up a first rounder on deadline day a few years ago to get Thabo Sefolosha. And while a first rounder for Shumpert is a heavy price, Thabo is an expiring deal and the Thunder are looking for a future at the two-guard position. Andre Roberson has a chance, but probably needs more time.