Thunder notebook: OKC sends Ryan Gomes to Boston in three-team deal

by Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: January 7, 2014

The Thunder has made its first roster move of the season, albeit a minor one.

As part of a three-team deal with the Grizzlies and Celtics, OKC sent sporadically used veteran forward Ryan Gomes to Boston and cash considerations to Memphis.

In return, the Thunder receives the Philadelphia 76ers' 2014 second-round pick (top-50 and 56-60 protected, previously owned by Memphis) and the Grizzlies' conditional 2017 second-round pick, with the specific protections unknown.

For OKC, this strictly makes sense for financial reasons. By trading away Gomes, the Thunder gets his entire salary off the books. If the Thunder had simply chose to cut him, the amount he had already been paid would have remained.

With the move, OKC is now around $2.3 million under the luxury tax threshold with two open roster spots, allowing for more financial flexibility to complete another maneuver, potentially adding some point guard help in Russell Westbrook's absence.

Recently, the Thunder has been linked to D-League player of the week Manny Harris, as reported by USA Today. Harris is a 6-foot-5 point guard who started 20 games for the Cavs the past few seasons.

In the move, Boston and Memphis swapped Courtney Lee and Jerryd Bayless.

Upon completion, Boston immediately cut Gomes. He had only appeared in five games this season for the Thunder, never playing more than 10 minutes.

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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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