The Minnesota Timberwolves are interested in orchestrating a sign-and-trade to acquire Kevin Martin from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Martin is a free agent this summer and already agreed to a 4-year, $28 million deal with the Timberwolves.
Rumbles persist that Luke Ridnour winding up in OKC as an offshoot on Kevin Martin’s forthcoming signing with Wolves is option on the board
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 10, 2013
Ridnour will make $4.3 million next season which sounds like a little much for the Thunder to take on because they are only about $1 million away from the luxury tax at the moment.
Minnesota may try to include the Milwaukee Bucks in acquiring Martin which could mean the Thunder would be receiving a trade exception for Martin.
According to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman, the trade exception would be worth $6.6 million. The Thunder utilized trade exceptions in the past when they parted ways with Rashard Lewis to acquire Kurt Thomas and a few draft picks, one of which became Serge Ibaka.
The Thunder would definitely like to get something in return for Martin rather than just letting him walk. Ridnour would no doubt be a nice fit in OKC, who is looking for a third point guard to add to the roster, but the price may be too much.
The Thunder are more likely to try and re-sign Derek Fisher or could even possibly give Dwight Buycks a shot, who has been playing very well for the Thunder summer league team this week.