When the season began, Eric Maynor was the backup point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Now, Reggie Jackson has taken over the role and Maynor’s future in OKC may not be so bright.
Maynor played nine games last season then missed the rest of the year after injuring his knee. He was supposed to be 100 percent healthy returning this year but has looked anything but.
Maynor is shooting just 30.6 percent from the field this year and 31.7 percent from 3-point land. He was still doing a decent job averaging 6.6 assists per 36 minutes but with his weak defense playing a factor as well, Scott Brooks has decided Jackson is the better option.
The potential trade would have included the Thunder acquiring either Kwame Brown or Lavoy Allen straight up. Neither would be huge assets but either could have cracked the rotation playing ahead of Hasheem Thabeet.
The real news here is that teams are interested in Maynor and think the Thunder might be interested in dealing him. Maynor is in the last year of his contract and will become a restricted free agent this summer.
With the way Jackson has been playing, impressing the coaches and earning more playing time, it seems very unlikely the Thunder would be interested in keeping Maynor beyond this season. If that is the case then trading him and getting something in return this season would be a decent option.
The possible issue of doing so is that the Thunder would be losing their best assist man. Jackson is not a true point guard like Maynor and Maynor’s departure would essentially leave no point guards on the Thunder roster anymore. And if Jackson got hurt, the Thunder would be in real trouble.
Maynor still seems to have his spirits up too. He sits right next to the coaches on the bench and is always actively cheering for his teammates, coaching along the way.
As the trade deadline draws nearer, the rumors will keep popping up and considering Maynor’s situation, he will likely be involved in many fake Thunder trades.