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Report: Thunder offering Eric Maynor to move up in draft

Jun 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

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A number of teams have floated the idea of trading a player for one of the picks higher up in this draft. The Lakers dangled Lamar Odom, Tony Parker’s name was thrown around by the Spurs, and countless other deals have been suggested.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have done the same… except they really like their core. They don’t want to give up a key piece of a young and improving team.

So they are offering backup point guard Eric Maynor, according to Chad Ford at ESPN.

Sources say the Thunder have been quietly gauging interest in Maynor over the last few days in an attempt to move up into the top half of the draft. They’ve spoken to the Kings (No. 7) and Bobcats (No. 9) in particular in the last few days …

Who are the Thunder after? Like a lot of teams, it seems they are in hot pursuit of Lithuanian big man Jonas Valanciunas.

Maynor is not chump change — he is arguably the best back up point guard in the league, a guy with real talent and he is entering just his third year in the league. For a team that needs a point guard he may be a better option than anything they can draft.

And look for Valanciunas to go very early in this draft. He may not be able to play in the NBA for a couple years due to buyout issues with his European club, but he may have a higher ceiling than any other player in this draft. Some scouts love his game.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    What happien if he get traded & becomes a good starting point guard some where else & westbrook decide he tired of bein durant sidekick?

    • jedicurt - Jun 23, 2011 at 11:12 AM

      Well, seeing as how that isn’t going to happen, i don’t think it is that big of a concern. If there were any hostilities between the two, i don’t think Westbrook would have allowed Durant to stay at his LA home for the past week while Westbrook wasn’t there. These guys are great friends, and like all great friends, when the adrenaline is pumping and it is a stressful situation they sometimes bump heads. But all is good 10 minutes later

  2. bbrown2523 - Jun 23, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Eric is from NC so coming to the Bobcats wouldn’t be too bad of deal, except that he is going from a contender to a franchise that has no direction. Paul Silas does let his point guards freelance quite a bit (Baron, DJ Augustin’s numbers jumped when Silas was hired).

  3. scooter2the - Jun 23, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    I watched Eric Maynor for 4 years at VCU- and this kid is not only a better point guard than westbrook is right now- he is more mature and a betterleader – he just needs to be more agressive – he is learning but I think he is a top 10 point guard right now and if he got the playing time say 32 minutes a game – Oklahoma may win a championship and come out of the west – Oklahoma should think about trading Westbrook unless they are 1000% sure about his play from the neck up — he does not make good decisions on the court yet when it counts.

  4. ndirishfan1 - Jun 23, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Jonas Valancuinas looks like a legit NBA center. And realistically the Thunder aren’t going to keep around Westbrook and Maynor anyway, so this wouldn’t be a terrible swap. But I have doubts whether Jonas (didn’t feel like spelling his last name twice) will be available at #7 anymore…

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