The Thunder has traded center Byron Mullens to Charlotte for a 2013 second-round draft pick.
Mullens, the 24th pick in the 2009 draft by Dallas who was immediately acquired by the Thunder, averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.3 minutes in only 26 games over two seasons.
The 7-footer out of Ohio State faced long odds to crack the rotation this season playing behind starter Kendrick Perkins, veteran Nazr Mohammed and second-year center Cole Aldrich, the No. 10 overall pick in the 2010 draft.
The deal frees up a roster spot for the Thunder, which now has 15 players under contract, including guard Nate Robinson who has agreed to not join the team this season and is expected to officially part ways with the team in the near future.
Because the Thunder is not taking back a player, league rules allow Oklahoma City to also receive a trade exception of approximately $1.38 million, which is Mullens’ $1.28 million contract plus an additional $100,000.