Midway through the month of December, Reggie Jackson took over the backup point guard role from Eric Maynor for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Maynor played just nine games last season before injuring his knee and missing the rest of the season. He was one of the best backup point guards in the league before his injury and his return to the Thunder rotation was highly anticipated and expected to be a big impact.
Maynor has struggled this season averaging 10.6 minutes per game in 36 games. He’s averaging 2.8 points, 2.0 assists and shooting 30.6 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from three.
With the trade deadline approaching Feb. 21and Maynor essentially scratched from the Thunder rotation, teams have begun expressing interest in him.
Thunder has been getting numerous inquiries about guard Eric Maynor, sources tell Y! Sports. OKC inclined to keep Maynor but is open-minded.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) February 10, 2013
Any team that would want Maynor is a team with a need for a backup point guard. The Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers are three teams with that need and rumored to be possibly active at the deadline.
The Thunder don’t want to give up Maynor for nothing. He will be a restricted free agent this coming summer and likely won’t be signed by OKC but you never now. He’s a good insurance policy to have just in case someone gets injured.
The Thunder are always in the market for another shooter to help spread the floor and allow more space for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. J.J. Redick is one name that has been floated out there that the Thunder could be interested in. But OKC would have to give up more than they would like to bring in Redick.
What the Thunder really need is another athletic wing player who can play the 3-4 positions and be another body the Thunder could use on LeBron James in a potential NBA Finals rematch.
The Suns have a guy like that in P.J. Tucker that the Thunder could use. The Utah Jazz also have a player that fits that mold in fourth year pro DeMarre Carroll.
Both Tucker and Carroll are making less than $1 million this season and the Thunder could always throw in a draft pick to sweeten the deal for either team.
The Thunder probably don’t see an addition of Tucker or Carroll as a gigantic need at the moment and again, hanging on to Maynor just in case is still the most likely scenario.