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Oklahoma City Thunder: Eric Maynor has no interest in D-League assignment

Since falling out of the rotation and becoming a seldom-used third stringer, Maynor has logged just 20 minutes in the past 10 games.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 10, 2013

Though playing time, no matter the setting, would seem to be the most beneficial thing for Maynor at the moment he said he's confident practices are sufficient. On nongame days, Maynor said he busies himself with a lot of shooting and conditioning work, all with the goal of staying sharp and staying in shape.

“I honestly think with the 30-35 minutes that I work out every day it's equivalent to the minutes I was getting anyway, the 10-11 minutes on the court in spurts,” he said. “It's like the same thing.”

Maynor averaged just 13.1 minutes in his first 25 games, an amount he admitted was difficult for him to be able to regain his rhythm.

“It's tough. Not just for me, that's tough for anybody to do, playing eight or nine minutes and (being) expected to really produce,” Maynor said. “But I'm not the guy that makes that call. Like I said, it's a tough situation for anybody to be in.”

Further complicating the situation is the looming trading deadline. Maynor will be a restricted free agent next season after the Thunder did not come to terms with him on a contract extension before the Oct. 31 deadline. Once regarded as one of the league's premier backup point guards, Maynor could now be expendable given Jackson's youth, health, potential and improving performance.

A recent report, citing an anonymous source, said Philadelphia has explored trade options to acquire Maynor. When asked about the report, Maynor claimed he hadn't heard of it and added he tunes out rumors.

“I haven't seen a report about nobody,” Maynor said. “That's what I pay my agent for. So whatever is going on in that department, that's for my agent and whoever to talk about.”