The Thunder made a couple moves on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline and one could help put the team over the top to get back to the NBA finals. Last year the Thunder picked up Derek Fisher from the Houston Rockets which brought a veteran leader to a young team that needed it to get to the Finals.
This year the Thunder and Knicks made a trade that would send Knicks SG Ronnie Brewer to the Thunder for a second round pick.
Although Brewer is not having the best year in points averaging 3.6 PPG he still has been when out on the court playing solid defense and provides a veteran presence that I think the Thunder still need. Brewer can play SF as well so he could provide a good relief for Kevin Durant or can be played and Durant can be moved to the PF position. The Thunder also dealt PG Eric Maynor to the Trail Blazers, Maynor who lost his backup PG job to Reggie Jackson who was just out playing him has been looked by the Thunder to be traded to clear some cap space and really, there was just no need for 3 PGs when Westbrook can play the entire game if he needed to anyway. This was a very smart move so now the Thunder can look to Jackson as a needed boost off the bench to score because other than Kevin Martin, the Thunder don’t have many scoring backups which is another reason probably they went for Ronnie Brewer. The Thunder received a 2.2 million dollar trade exception in exchange for Maynor’s services. The Thunder take on the Timberwolves Friday night and it will be interesting to see if Brewer plays and what his role will be with this team.