The Oklahoma City Thunder made an aggressive trade last year at the deadline and it’s expected they will again trigger something today.
As things stand today, the Thunder are $12.417 million over the luxury tax line and facing a tax bill of more than $22.29 million.
It’s believed that the Thunder have made both Steve Novak ($3.75 million) and guard D.J. Augustin ($3 million) available in trade and are looking for very little in return for either player. Shedding both players would reduce the Thunder’s tax bill by $13.62 million. It’s also believed the Thunder may be willing to include big man Mitch McGary or Josh Huestis in the deal in place of draft picks, which would further reduce their tax burden.
The Thunder have been fairly clever in creating multi-team deals, so it’s not out of the question they are involved in something at the deadline if only to reduce their tax bill.
Boston Celtics Officially Waive David Lee
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have waived forward/center David Lee.
“We thank David for his contributions to our organization and wish him nothing but the best in the future,” said President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge.
Lee will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers (as expected). Prior to being waived, Lee was the Celtics’ highest-paid player this season since his 2015-16 salary was $15,493,680.
The veteran big man appeared in 30 contests for the Celtics this season. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 15.7 minutes per game over that span.
Suns Expected to Waive DeJuan Blair
The Suns also acquire Blair, whose contract has a $2 million team option for next season, and Humphries, who is under contract for $4.6 million next season. The Suns are expected to waive Blair immediately.
VIDEO: NBA Trade Deadline Reaction
Did any move made before the NBA trade deadline make a true difference? BasketballInsiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.
Did any trade-deadline deals make a true difference? Basketball Insiders’ Steve Kyler joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss what happened and didn’t happen on Thursday.[Editor’s Note: The Memphis Grizzlies received four second-round picks in the Courtney Lee deal, not first-round picks as stated in the video.]