HoopsHype Eric Maynor rumors

February 21, 2013 Updates
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Backup PG Eric Maynor is getting interest with the trade deadline approaching, a source said. After returning from a knee surgery, Maynor has lost his backup PG job to Reggie Jackson. Yahoo! Sports

Chris Broussard: OKC aggressively shopping PG Eric Maynor. Asking price is high. Phoenix looking to move Sebastian Telfair to clear PT for Kendall Marshall. Twitter @Chris_Broussard

February 12, 2013 Updates
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Marc J. Spears: Thunder has been getting numerous inquiries about guard Eric Maynor, sources tell Y! Sports. OKC inclined to keep Maynor but is open-minded. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

January 11, 2013 Updates

Maynor has appeared in only five of the past 10 contests, and the majority of those sparse minutes have come in mop-up duty. But rather than agreeing to a D-League assignment simply for playing purposes as he continues to regain his rhythm from last year's devastating knee injury that cost him the final 57 games and the entire playoffs, Maynor said he prefers to remain on the Thunder roster. “No,” Maynor said emphatically, repeating it two additional times, when asked if he had any desire for a D-League assignment to the Tulsa 66ers. “I get good court work in every day so I'm going to be straight whenever the opportunity comes back around.” Oklahoman

January 8, 2013 Updates

John Mitchell: According to a source with the knowledge of the situation, the Sixers explored a trade for OKC guard Eric Maynor. Twitter @JmitchInquirer

November 16, 2012 Updates

Brooks is in the process of plotting that transformation, and he has a plan that could work. It’s an adjustment that has the potential to bring more balance to the bench unit while establishing additional harmony in the star-studded first string. The idea is to sub out Kevin Durant earlier. It’s a strategy Brooks told me following practice today that the coaching staff began kicking around earlier in the day. By sitting Durant earlier, the Thunder can accomplish three things: most importantly a more sensible rotation that relies less on only Eric Maynor and Kevin Martin to create, secondly, an opportunity for Westbrook to run as wild as his heart desires for longer stretches and, lastly, more rest for Durant. Oklahoman

November 4, 2012 Updates
October 29, 2012 Updates

Point guard Eric Maynor will become a restricted free agent next summer after the Thunder and Maynor agreed to table negotiations on a contract extension, The Oklahoman has learned. The two sides had until midnight Eastern on Wednesday to agree on a deal for the 20th overall pick in 2009. Thunder general manager Sam Presti and agent Andy Miller, however, made the mutual decision this week to play out the season and resume talks in July. Oklahoman

When the Thunder traded James Harden to Houston on Saturday night, it appeared a window opened to retain Maynor. Most observers believed that if the Thunder extended Harden’s contract it was only a matter of time before Maynor and the Thunder would be forced to move on from one another. It’s possible the Thunder now uses a portion of the savings it acquired from being unable to come to terms with Harden to re-sign Maynor. But two issues have complicated matters. Maynor is coming off a major knee injury, and second-year point guard Reggie Jackson is emerging into a potential impact player. Maynor tore his ACL nine games into last season but is now recovered and ready to reclaim his position as the primary backup to Russell Westbrook. But coach Scott Brooks has maintained that the backup job is an open competition between Maynor and Jackson, who showed tremendous growth this preseason. Oklahoman

Jackson clearly is considered an important part of the Thunder’s future, which puts a small level of pressure on the franchise to decide how much it is willing to commit to Maynor. A tandem of Maynor and Jackson coming off the bench would be a luxury rather than a necessity with a budding superstar in Westbrook as the starter. At a news conference addressing Harden’s trade, Presti on Sunday afternoon gave Maynor a strong endorsement but essentially said the two sides will play out the season. “We’ve had positive dialogue with Eric,” Presti said. “He’s a guy that means a lot to this ballclub. We value him. He’s continually gaining more and more confidence coming back from the injury and looks fantastic. Oklahoman

Sam Presti: “We’ve had positive dialogue with Eric and he’s a guy that means a lot to this ball club. We value him. He’s continually gaining more confidence coming back from injury and looks fantastic. Whether or not we’ll ultimately do anything with him and in terms of extension is not a reflection of his wanting to be here or our wanting to keep him in the program. I think that it just may be better for us to see how things develop throughout the season for him, as well. I think he has to see that as well but I think everybody knows that Eric’s a guy that I think.. I’d like to have first dibs on him when he’s done because I think he’ll be a great coach. That’s far down the line but he’s got a great basketball mind. He’s got a great demeanor. He’s a great communicator and I really do think that he appreciates being with this organization and that goes a long way here.” HoopsWorld

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