The Oklahoma City Thunder made a trade on Monday morning.
Byron Mullens was sent to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2013.
“While we believe that Byron will be a productive player in this league, it became apparent that in the near future it would be difficult for him to continue his development and have the opportunity to make a significant impact on our club because of the current make-up of our roster,” Presti said. “This trade allows us the opportunity to create both future financial and roster flexibility while providing us with an additional draft pick in 2013.”
Good trade for Oklahoma.
- They have a pair of solid young centers in Kendrick Perkins and Cole Aldrich ahead of Byron Mullens. It would have been difficult for Mullens to ever work his way ahead of them + for Oklahoma to develop him properly without court time.
- The Thunder also have Nazr Mohammed and Nick Collison as options at center for the next few years also.
- The Bobcats 2013 second round pick should be very valuable for a second rounder. The Bobcats figure to be in the lottery for some time so it should be right up near the top of the round. Almost as valuable as a late first rounder.
As for the Bobcats
- I thought they overpaid. This is essentially a salary dump and I doubt the Thunder had too many teams beating down their door offering any real value for Mullens. I would have liked to have seen Charlotte only offer a conditional second round pick with good protection on it (top 45 protected).
- Still, Mullens is an interesting long term project. He has legitimate size and good athleticism for his position. With work, he could become a quality NBA player.
- In the interim, Mullens is too raw to be worth regular playing time.
A good trade for the Bobcats too. A seven footer with solid potential is well worth a low second round pick … even if I am right and they did happen to overpay a bit.