Thunder players who could be dealt include Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox, Earl Watson

By Darnell Mayberry Modified: February 16, 2009 at 12:22 am •  Published: February 16, 2009
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Three Thunder players who might be on the way out.

Joe Smith

He has the most value because of his expiring $4.7 million contract and also because of what he can add to a playoff team. The Thunder has already reportedly offered Smith to Sacramento for guard/forward John Salmons. A future first-round pick could also be enticing enough to part ways with Smith.


Chris Wilcox

Teams likely are interested more in his expiring $6.75 million contract than what he can do for them on the court in the second half. It's unlikely Wilcox alone could bring back much value. But if he's packaged with Smith and, say a draft pick, it could lead to a young quality defensive-minded center such as New Orleans' Tyson Chandler or Philadelphia's Samuel Dalembert.

Earl Watson

The tricky part is finding a taker for the $6.6 million he'll earn next year. The Thunder has searched high and low for Watson a new home and came close when he was almost sent to Charlotte in a three-team deal that would have brought in Dallas' Jerry Stackhouse.



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