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The Thunder traded back-up point guard Eric Maynor, a 2009 first-round draft pick, to the Blazers.
The Thunder traded point guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers just before the 2013 NBA trade deadline, reports ESPN.com's Marc Stein. It's not yet clear what (besides a trade exception) the Thunder will receive.
Maynor will back up rookie of the year candidate Damian Lillard in Portland and will serve to bolster a pitiful bench. Maynor had been Russell Westbrook's deputy in OKC before tearing his ACL in the 2011-12 season. He spent four years at Virginia Commonwealth. The Thunder acquired him in a cap-cutting deal by the Jazz at the 2010 deadline.
Maynor has fallen out of the Thunder's rotation one year after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL. Reggie Jackson, the team's first-round pick in 2011, beat out Maynor for the backup point guard job, leaving Maynor with a lot of DNP-CDs. Maynor is slated to be a restricted free agent this summer.
Nolan Smith is the Blazer most likely to be affected by Maynor's arrival.
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