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Remember the Thunder’s trade exception

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 29, 2014
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Don’t forget about the Thunder’s trade exception.

It could be a major piece in the team’s offseason plans.

Oklahoma City acquired a $6.6 million trade exception last summer when it orchestrated a sign-and-trade that sent Kevin Martin to Minnesota. It can only be used to acquire players via trade, but it might be how the Thunder chooses to upgrade its roster this summer. The exception expires July 11.


The drawback to using the exception is the Thunder would have to send out something, even if it’s a meager second-round pick. In free agency, the Thunder wouldn’t have to relinquish anything. That might be reason enough for the Thunder to allow the exception to expire.

But if the right deal emerges, the Thunder might also feel better about trading than potentially overpaying a player on the free agent market.

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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