Oklahoma City Thunder: Trading James Harden leads to several questions
Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb were scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma City on Sunday night. Both are supposed to practice Monday.
James Harden's future with the Thunder was answered with Saturday's trade, but five other players and three future draft picks also were involved in the move.
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The answer to one big question spawned a bunch of other questions, which will be addressed in time.
A few questions that might be on your mind:
What does Harden's departure mean for Thunder point guard Eric Maynor in terms of his contract negotiations?
The Thunder has agreed to take a wait-and-see approach, given Maynor is coming off season-ending knee surgery. “We've had positive dialogue with Eric,” Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Sunday. “He's a guy who means a lot to this ballclub. Whether or not we'll ultimately do anything with him in terms of extensions I don't think (is) a reflection of him wanting to be here or our wanting to keep him in the program. I think it just may be better for us to see how things develop for the season, for him as well. … I really do think he appreciates being with this organization, and that goes a long way here.”
When do Kevin Martin and Jeremy Lamb arrive in OKC?
The plan was for them to arrive by Sunday night. The new players will meet with media after Monday's practice. Martin will wear jersey No. 23. Lamb will wear jersey No. 11.
The Thunder now has two openings on its final roster. Will they fill those spots, or will they just keep 13 players?
“It's something we need to determine,” Presti said. “We're going to let the dust settle here a little bit and then we'll make that decision. I've got to meet with the front-office guys and obviously talk with Scott and decide what we want to do there.”
If OKC wanted to, could it bring back any of the players it cut Saturday morning in center Daniel Orton, forward Hollis Thompson and guard Andy Rautins?
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