According to numerous reports, the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded reserve point guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers.
In return, the Thunder will receive a $2.2 million dollar trade exception and (potentially) some future draft picks.
Through 37 games, Maynor is averaging just 2.8 points and 2.0 assists. He had fallen out of the rotation in favor of Reggie Jackson.
Eric is set to become a restricted free-agent this summer.
UPDATE: The Blazers will also send the draft rights of Giorgio Printezis to the Thunder.
GRADE THE TRADE (PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS): A
This deal won’t make the Blazers title contenders or anything, but it will provide some quality depth for rookie point guard Damian Lillard, who’s previous backups were Ronnie Price (2.7 points, 1.9 assists) and Nolan Smith (3.0 points, 1.8 assists).
He’s only 25 years old, so the potential is there (22.7 points as a senior in college) for him to get healthy and become a solid second-unit guard in the NBA.
Considering how awful Portland’s bench is (16.7 points, last in the NBA), Maynor should be able to step in right away and get a steady increase in minutes compared to what he was getting in Oklahoma City.
GRADE THE TRADE (OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER): C +
After coming off of major knee surgery and watching his shooting numbers slowly decline (31.8% from the field), OKC believed it to be the right time to cut ties with Eric.
Walking away with a trade exception is a decent haul for a third-string point guard, but I would have liked to see the Thunder hold on to Maynor a little while longer. He has a lot of upside, and with the proper playing-time, he could very well thrive in Portland.