It appears that the Oklahoma City Thunder were only after one player at today’s trade deadline.
The Thunder reportedly made an offer of a first round pick to the New York Knicks for Iman Shumpert and the Knicks reportedly rejected that offer.
The Knicks were then engaged in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers to trade Shumpert and Raymond Felton for Matt Barnes and Darren Collison, but that trade did not happen either.
Shumpert sprained his MCL last night and is expected to miss the next two weeks or so.
Shumpert would have been a great acquisition for the Thunder. OKC would have been able to get him without trading away a player as they would have used the trade exception they received for Eric Maynor last season.
It’s pretty surprising that the Thunder were unable to make a move since that trade exception is expiring tomorrow. It looks like the Thunder won’t get anything for that.
Maybe Shumpert was the only player out there that they were interested in and once they were unable to get him they were unable to find any other suitable players who were worth a first round pick.
Overall, it ended up being a pretty uneventful trade deadline for the Thunder, which is by no means a surprise.
The Thunder are getting Russell Westbrook back tonight when they host the Miami Heat. So there’s that at least.