According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Thunder is involved in trade talks with the Celtics and Grizzlies, entering as a third team in their rumored swap of Courtney Lee and Jerryd Bayless.
The word, according to Stein, is that OKC would send sporadically used veteran forward Ryan Gomes to Boston, with the Celtics to cut him soon after.
For the Thunder, this strictly makes sense for financial reasons. By trading away Gomes, OKC would get his entire salary off the books. If the Thunder chose to simply cut him, the amount he has already been paid would remain.
Gomes has only appeared in five games this season, never playing more than 10 minutes. He hasn’t played in nearly a month and remains far out of the rotation.
So if completed, it would only be a minor deal for the Thunder, allowing more flexibility under the luxury tax for another maneuver, possibly to add another point guard in Russell Westbrook’s absence.
Editor's note: Check out this week's Thunder Buddies podcast, which features Desmond Mason talking about Gary Payton, getting traded and Kevin Durant's ceiling.