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The Thunder could use Murphy at center to help them reach the playoffs. He'll be an upgrade rebounding the ball, and can space the floor for Westbrook and Durant. Really don't have a better center option on the team. Plus Murphy would only have a year left if things don't work out
Krstic will give the Pacers another serviceable big while allowing Hibbert and Hansbrough to grow. Krstic does have a player option next year, but it's a reasonable 5 mil giving you're shedding Murphy's 11 mil
Harpring is a 6 mil or so insurance expiring due to injury and would come off the books.
The Suns first would be late in the first round most likely, but it is unprotected. Right now it's around #22, but it's still possible Phoenix could falter some as well and that draft pick could improve.
The Thunder of course still have their own 1st round pick as well
I guess Maynor could be an option instead of a 1st rounder, but I don't believe he can be traded for awhile?
Lifetime Pacer fan, but I live in Oklahoma now. I actually was about to post this trade, as it was proposed on "Daily Thunder." Anyway, the trade is as you stated, but there's no way the Thunder would include Maynor. Maynor is the solidified backup in OKC, and it would take quite a bit to pry him from OKC. He has really impressed the fans and ownership in his short time here.
Murphy would be a great fit in OKC for the fact he takes care of two problems, a shooter and a someone who can pull down double digit boards nightly. We would insert Murphy at the 5, but he's a true 4. Here's the issue, Jeff Green is a true 3, but Durant is too. We tried Durant at the 2 last year, and the experiment went really bad. Murphy is a much better 4 then Green, but he would never be able to start over him because of his status with the team. Jeff is the heart of OKC.
Overall the trade works out well for both teams. Krstic, like you said, has a player option for next season. Harpring's contract is payed almost entirely by insurance, so no lost revenue there. Murphy is probably the best player the Thunder could get out of all the free agents this Summer, and if we were to trade for him, that would take OKC out of the Summer sweepstakes. I'm personally okay with that, but I may be a bit bias.
Like to hear some other opinions on this trade. I think it's good for both sides.
I sure the heck would do this. I have always liked Kristic, but haven't seen too much of him since his injury a few years back. Getting the pick is a big piece IMHO. If we could somehow shed one more contract for another 1st rounder we could have an interesting draft.