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Deal or no deal: Three Thunder trade assets

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: February 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm •  Published: February 12, 2011
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A look at three assets the Thunder has to make a deal.

Jeff Green: Green has been a valuable commodity and the interest of opposing teams for two seasons now. He doesn't fill up a stat sheet with eye-popping numbers or make many highlight plays. But in his 3 1/2 seasons, Green has developed a reputation for being an ideal complementary player who fits in well, knows how to play and doesn't mind doing the little things. It's unlikely that the Thunder will trade Green before the deadline, but there are potential takers at the table.

Clippers' first-round pick: The Thunder acquired a 2012 top-10 protected pick from the Clippers in the draft-night trade that sent the draft rights of Eric Bledsoe to LA. The pick will remain with the Clippers if they are slotted in the top 10. But the Thunder has a five-year window to receive the pick before it remains with LA. The scuttlebutt is several teams already have inquired about the selection. But it would take a pretty sweet deal for the Thunder to relinquish its rights.

Expiring contracts of Morris Peterson and Nenad Krstic: With the league's salary cap potentially falling whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is ironed out, many teams are looking to shed salary now. With Peterson and Krstic's expiring deals, the Thunder has $12.4 million it could send out in search of a more dominant player. While taking back big money now isn't ideal, it is still doable. Even with Oklahoma City's younger players due for contract extensions in the coming years, the Thunder is one of only a handful of teams well-positioned to be able to take on additional salary without as much fear of a falling cap.


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