It’s official: 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 the Celtics and cash considerations to the Grizzlies.
In return, the Thunder receive 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.