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.