By trading Ryan Gomes on Monday, the Thunder accomplished three simple, but important things:
1) They cleared his $884,293 salary off the books entirely. Gomes’ contract was non-guaranteed, so the Thunder could’ve just waived him, but Presti trading him was a shrewd bit of cap manipulation. Because if you waive him, you’d have a cap hold on it. You wouldn’t owe Ryan Gomes any more money and that roster spot would be freed, but in terms of the salary sheet, Gomes’ $884,293 would still exist on it.
2) The Thunder are now about $2.3 million under the luxury tax threshold, something they’re trying to avoid breaking over as if it’ll trigger a state-wide earthquake that swallows the entire metro area.
3) They have two available roster spots. Keep Reading…