Dec 14, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Eric Maynor (6) drives the ball past Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) during the game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder defeated the Kings 113-103. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Are the OKC Thunder planning on trading Eric Maynor?

When you look at potential trades involving the Oklahoma City Thunder, it’s hard not to include the backup point guard that lost his job, Eric Maynor.

Reggie Jackson took over the backup point guard duties in mid-December and Maynor has vanished from the rotation.

Maynor only played nine games last season before injuring his knee and missing the rest of the season. His return this season was supposed to be a bigger deal. Especially with James Harden leaving town, Maynor was going to be a very valuable player on this team.

It hasn’t exactly gone as planned. Maynor has played in 37 games this season averaging 10.6 minutes, 2.8 points and 2.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 31.3 percent from the field and 32.6 percent from downtown.

While he’s not making an impact on the Thunder, he could be viewed as a buy-low option by other teams around the league.

After Maynor struggled with his comeback from a torn ACL, Scott Brooks moved Reggie Jackson ahead of him in the rotation during mid-December. Since then, Maynor has barely played 60 minutes in nearly two months. While players do tend to shoot worse after tearing their ACL, Maynor is sure to make more than 30.3 percent of his 2-point attempts going forward. A team adding him at the deadline could evaluate Maynor’s progress before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer and gain an experienced backup point guard in the process.

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The big reason why the Thunder would be interested in trading Maynor now is to get some value for him and not just see him walk this summer. Maynor will be a restricted free agent then and with Jackson’s emergence, the Thunder are unlikely to match any offer sheet Maynor signs.

Maynor was one of the best backup point guards in the league a few years ago and some teams probably still remember that and could use that player.

Maynor is essentially just insurance for the Thunder right now if someone gets hurt or starts playing badly.

But the Thunder might want to stay put and not mess with team chemistry with another trade writes John Rohde of The Oklahoman.

Doubtful. Who could the Thunder get who’s better for the price ($2.34 million)? The Thunder has zero space under the tax level. To me, the biggest downfall of making a trade is OKC already made a major move before the season, so why mess with team chemistry again 4 1/2 months later? The team is 39-12, fercryinoutloud. Other teams are trying to catch OKC, it’s not the other way around. I say ‘stand pat.’

There are a lot of players for $2.34 million or less who could help the Thunder that we looked at yesterday.

The trade deadline is right around the corner now, Feb. 21. If the Thunder do make a trade, there’s a good chance Maynor will be part of it.

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