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Another trade - another exception for OKC

When it became apparent that Thabo Sefolosha was finding a new home in Atlanta, the focus swiftly turned to getting something in return. As is always the case with Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti – he rarely lets talent walk for nothing. As they did similarly last season with Kevin Martin and the Minnesota Timberwolves, Presti negotiated a sign and trade in order to stockpile more assets in the Sefolosha deal.

The mutual interest between the Atlanta Hawks and Sefolosha was clear, so Presti made it work for the Thunder as well. Along with Thabo, the Thunder sent the rights to Giorgis Printezis to ATL and in return they secured the rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis and a $4mil trade exception.

Thunder fans who have a key eye on the books, will be aware that this is something OKC do quite regularly. However, these exceptions have often expired (they have a one year use by date) when the right move hasn’t become apparent. Many thought this off-season, Presti and the Thunder would utilize the $6.6mil exception received for Martin – and they very well may have, but the right deal didn’t materialize – largely due to the screeching halt in Free Agency caused by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and others.

Now the clock resets, and the Thunder have yet another asset up their sleeve. The trade exception will once again have a 12 month life span and will allow the Thunder some flexibility down the road. It’s not a game changer, but it’s better than nothing.

Sometimes, it can be the little things that make a champion and this is yet another example of why the Thunder faithful and franchise places such trust in their wunderkind GM.

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