The Oklahoma City Thunder have made their first trade this season and it is a minor one.
The Thunder will send Ryan Gomes to the Boston Celtics as part of a three-team deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies as well. The primary transaction was Boston sending Courtney Lee to Memphis in exchange for Jerryd Bayless.
Trade is official. Thunder send Ryan Gomes to Boston and receive two future conditional second round picks.
— Royce Young (@royceyoung) January 7, 2014
The Celtics have already waived Ryan Gomes.
The deal will have the Thunder acquiring two future conditional second round picks. It was reported that the incentive for the Thunder was to clear more cap space under the luxury tax threshold. The Thunder are now $2.3 million under the luxury tax threshold by unloading Gomes.
Marc Stein reported yesterday that this move for the Thunder was with the idea that they may make another future trade later on this season.
It is unclear yet exactly what the next move will be for the Thunder. Getting rid of Gomes will give them some flexibility in making another trade or signing another player.
The thought is that the Thunder may target another point guard to help in surviving while Russell Westbrook is injured. The Thunder have two roster spots available now.