Reports came out yesterday that the Oklahoma City Thunder would pull off a sign-and-trade to send Kevin Martin to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
In sign-and-trade of Kevin Martin to Minnesota, OKC will send cash to Wolves as part of deal to create $7M trade exception, sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 11, 2013
This is a good move for the Thunder so that they are able to get something in return for Martin, who turned out to be nothing more than a one-year rental acquired in the James Harden trade.
A $7 million trade exception can be a very valuable piece, especially for a team like the Thunder that is doing its best to stay away from the luxury tax.
If you want to hate on the Harden trade, you know have to include “trade exception” with Jeremy Lamb and Steven Adams when listing what the Thunder got in return for the Beard.
In one report yesterday, it was rumored that the Thunder may be able to acquire Luke Ridnour from Minnesota in a sign-and-trade. I don’t think the Thunder were interested in this since Ridnour would be making over $4 million next season and the Thunder are only about $1 million away from the luxury tax.
The Thunder are reportedly interested in adding a third point guard to the roster. If they do, it will be someone for very cheap like Derek Fisher or a young guy from their summer league team like Dwight Buycks.