In 2012, the Thunder remained mostly quiet at the trade deadline, holding on to the roster they had in place. Patience was the plan. But after the dust settled, Derek Fisher was bought out by the Rockets, and then signed by the Thunder, becoming part of the rotation for the team that trucked its way to the Finals.
This deadline, again, the Thunder didn’t make a trade. They tried to, didn’t. But it’s pretty clear: They have intentions of adding another player to the team anyway.
It makes sense. With two open spots available and about $2.3 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax, the Thunder are set up to make additions without subtractions. At the deadline, that’s what they wanted to accomplish, but their trade partners wanted players back.