Originally Published: Dec 22, 2009 7:56 PM CDT
-Breaking news. AP reports it this way: The Thunder are shaking up their backup point guard position, acquiring rookie point guard Eric Maynor in a trade with the Jazz.
Maynor, the 20th overall pick in this year's draft, was averaging 5.2 points and 3.1 assists in 26 games with the Jazz this season.
The Jazz will get the rights to 2002 draft pick Peter Fehse, who has never played in the NBA.
Oklahoma City also agreed to take on the contract of injured veteran Matt Harpring, who won't actually join the Thunder. Unfortunately, the Thunder waived backup point guard Shaun Livingston (and Mike Wilks). I wanted to see Livingston develop and hoped to have a comeback after his devastating knee injury.
Another good move by Whiz Kid GM Sam Presti who is winning every other game with the lowest payroll in the NBA working for him. Maynor played for Jeff Capel at VCU. He’s skinnier than the rail-thin Livingston--6-3 by 170-- but a good guy with good upside.
Thunder tells me minutes ago that they like the fact he’s young and can grow up with the other pups. He also helps out what I have felt forever as the glaring weakness: point guard. Surely the Thunder will put Russell Westbrook off the ball more and allow his athleticism to show at the two.
Having said that, tonight the Thunder will lose its 12th straight to the Lakers, then lose at the Suns and dip two below .500. But the schedule lightens and they’ll regroup and hover around .500. And 41-41 gives you a shot at the playoffs. Details on the true odds of what it takes to make the playoffs coming soon to a theatre near you. It will surprise you.
-I’ll be surprised if OU center Brian Lepak does not start against Stanford. Bob Stoops saying he sprained a knee over the weekend and if he can’t go OU will be starting its fourth different center. Not good. Rookie QB and new center. Not the way you look to break bowl drought.
I’m saying a kid who wants to play as badly as Lepak must after playing well in his first start vs. OSU will work through a sprain with the game not till NY Eve and with modern medicine being effective with millions with a similar injury.
-Good for the AP voters. Great for Ndamakung Su. The NU DT voted AP’s College Football Player of the Year. Which he was.
-And I bet pro athletes are ecstatic about the latest organization ready to launch into 24-hour sports. TMZ. Yes, TMZ—the “Tiger Network!” By the way, Tiger’s plan to not go public anytime soon seems to be working. Don’t like it, but he didn’t ask me last time we were out quail hunting. DB