Daily Links, The Eric Maynor Edition – June 23, 2011

Rumor around the League is Eric Maynor offered for trade up in the Draft Is Thunder point guard Eric Maynor worth a lottery pick? Sources say the Thunder have been quietly gauging interest in Maynor during the past few days in an attempt to move up into the top half of the first round. They’ve spoken to the Kings (No. 7) and Bobcats (No. 9) in particular in the past few days.

Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus fixes the Thunder Statistical Weakness: Forcing turnovers (19th in the NBA)

Weakest Position: Backup SF

The temptation is to list “none” for the Thunder’s weakest position. In terms of Players 1-10, Oklahoma City was as deep as any team in the league, and the top eight are all under contract for next season. Should Nazr Mohammed walk, the Thunder will somehow make do with more minutes for Nick Collison and either Byron Mullens or Cole Aldrich stepping in as backup center. Re-signing Cook is a bit more important, since he provides long-distance shooting off the bench, but Cook played less than 15 minutes a game last year.

Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti will surely look ahead with the Thunder’s first-round pick at No. 24. ESPN Insider’s Chad Ford sees him taking Real Madrid forward Nikola Mirotic, a 21-year-old Serbian who’s unlikely to come over for several years because of buyout issues but could help Oklahoma City down the road.

The Sacramento Bee talks about the great drafts of the Thunder “At 24, we can’t be overly selective. We’ll see what’s there, see if someone there that can fit what we’re trying to accomplish,” Presti said. “I’m sure we’ll have a lot of opportunity when the draft comes around to maybe move up, move back, move out.”

Yahoo looks at the Thunder draft from a fan prospective Of course, there is also the chance Oklahoma City trades the pick away with a couple of role players for picks in future NBA Drafts. If they can shave guard Nate Robinson’s contract from the books, that could open up the books for a better signing in the offseason.

A little Thunder paparazzi, KD was seen with a few characters from Entourage and KD was also seen with Matt Kemp hopping around LA. Good for him having fun. He deserved it!

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