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Report: Thunder Forced To Forfeit Draft Pick

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 26, 2012

The 2013 second round draft pick that the Thunder acquired in a trade with Charlotte reportedly must be sent to Boston as punishment to Oklahoma City and compensation to the Celtics for last year’s Jeff Green trade.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the league has forced the Thunder to relinquish a second-round pick to the Celtics as a way of making amends for the medical issues that cost Green the 2011-12 season.

Just before the start of the season, Green was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, a condition that required season-ending surgery.

The Thunder had acquired a second-round pick from the Bobcats in a trade that sent Byron Mullens to Charlotte. The Bobcats finished with just seven wins this season, the fewest in the league, and are not expected to be much better next year. Therefore, the pick that the Thunder reportedly is relinquishing is likely to be a high second-round pick, potentially the 31st overall.

It’s unclear exactly why the Thunder has been forced to give up its pick. The report states Boston’s doctors “constructed a case to take to the NBA trying to show proof that Oklahoma City owed the Celtics some kind of compensation” after Green underwent surgery back in December.

In addition to Green, the Thunder also sent Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick to Boston in exchange for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson.


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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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