Deck has 19 games to change that impression, but for Oklahoma City, that part scarcely matters. (Ditto for Deck, who gets a huge payday out of this either way.) What does matter is the fact that his contract now has equity to be used in a trade. It’s a bit surprising, actually, that the Thunder set up the deal with declining money (his cap number dips to $3.7 million next year) rather than increasing to maximize its potential trade utility. And if Deck turns out to be useful? His contract has three non-guaranteed years after this one at reasonable money, which is a lot better for the Thunder than just eating $3.9 million because they’re below the salary floor. The deal is basically a no-lose situation for Oklahoma City.