One of the most impressive players on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s summer league roster has been point guard Dwight Buycks.
Buycks was reportedly “in play” to become the third point guard on the Thunder roster but now it looks like that will not happen.
Word at the Orlando Summer League is the Toronto Raptors have offered Dwight Buycks their backup point guard job. Buycks has accepted.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) July 12, 2013
Buycks graduated from Marquette in 2011 and played for the Tulsa 66ers back in the 2011-12 season.
Buycks has averaged 9.5 points and 6.0 assists per game for the Thunder in the Orlando Summer League. He can be a scoring guard and also create for others very well.
The best part about Buycks for the Thunder is that he would have been very cheap, allowing the Thunder to sign him and likely still remain under the luxury tax.
With the Buycks option now out the window, and the Thunder still interested in acquiring a third point guard, re-signing Derek Fisher feels like the most likely option.
The Thunder will have a year to use their trade exception. Most commonly, trade exceptions are used to trade draft picks for players straight up, and are utilized to match a player’s salary.
Theoretically, the Thunder could trade a draft pick to take on a player making $7 million with the trade exception. Still though, the Thunder would want to remain under the luxury tax so taking on that kind of money is unlikely now. But again, the Thunder have a year to use the exception.