Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: It doesn't look like OKC will be using its trade exception

The trade exception that the Thunder received last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota is set to expire Friday, and it appears Oklahoma City will let the deadline pass without making a trade.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 10, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City Thunder's Michael Stockton, front left, and Mitch McGary (33) go after a loose ball in front of Brooklyn Nets' Marquis Teague, left, during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Oklahoma City Thunder's Michael Stockton, front left, and Mitch McGary (33) go after a loose ball in front of Brooklyn Nets' Marquis Teague, left, during an NBA summer league basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

THUNDER ASSISTANT ON THE MOVE?

Noticeably absent from Orlando this week has been Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe.

Keefe has been with the Thunder since its inaugural season and has been instrumental in Durant’s development.

But Keefe is the only Thunder assistant who has not been with the team at summer league, and his absence could mean he’s in play for another job. Several teams are looking to fill out their coaching staffs, and Keefe has ties to multiple coaches around the league.

Atlanta and New York are the two most obvious connections.

While serving as an assistant video coordinator with San Antonio from 2005-07, Keefe worked with Mike Budenholzer, the second-year coach of the Hawks. Derek Fisher, meanwhile, is in his first season coaching the Knicks after spending the better part of the past three seasons playing for the Thunder.

LAMB STRUGGLING WITH HIS SHOT

Third-year guard Jeremy Lamb has struggled to find his shooting touch throughout this week in Orlando.

Lamb leads the Thunder in scoring at 17.3 points per game, but he’s made only 16 of 50 shots, a 32 percent clip. He’s struggled even more from 3-point range, where he’s missed 19 of 23 attempts.

The Thunder is counting on Lamb to be a reliable shooting threat next season, and his struggles in Orlando, while not a major concern, haven’t exactly quelled questions of whether he is ready to be that guy.

Lamb shot 35.6 percent from 3-point range last year.

THUNDER PLAYING FOR SEVENTH PLACE

There will be a new champion at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

After a 1-3 record, the Thunder will play in the seventh-place game on championship day Friday. Oklahoma City will face Miami at 1 p.m.

Philadelphia and Memphis will compete for the championship at 11 a.m.

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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