NBA Roundtable

Oklahoma Acquire Cook

In Draft, Trade Talk on June 23, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Yahoo Sports reports

Working to clear as much salary-cap space as possible for free agency, the Miami Heat have agreed in principle to trade Daequan Cook and the 18th overall pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 32 selection in the draft, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Miami had been working hard to trade out of the first round and attached Cook’s $2.1 million salary for next season in the deal. With the trade, the Heat won’t have to guarantee a first-round contract this summer.

Oklahoma City could be targeting Virginia Commonwealth power forward Larry Sanders with the 18th pick, a league executive said.

Thoughts

Miami Heat

I’m not a big fan of this move for Miami. I thought they could have moved Daequan Cook for cap flexibility by sending him (plus maybe cash) to a team below the cap once free agency opens … without costing themselves another asset.

I also thought their first round pick was valuable and would be very likely to bring home a rotation worthy player and quality prospect.

On the plus side, they’ve created more cap space and once they’ve gotten rid of Beasley they’ll then have enough space to offer three max contracts this summer. Or they can keep Beasley, sign two max contracts, and a near $10 million player.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Excellent trade by Sam Presti. Another example of Presti spotting a desperate team and getting more out of them than he should.

Cook doesn’t bring much to the table but he’s a serviceable end of the bench type of talent … where the real value is, is in the draft pick, and that was a very nice addition for Oklahoma.

The above quote mentions Larry Sanders, I’d love to see OKC draft Sanders.

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