From DailyThunder.com, via press release:
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has acquired guard Eric Maynor from the Utah Jazz in exchange for the draft rights to Peter Fehse. To consummate the transaction the Thunder also assumes the contract of forward Matt Harpring. Harpring will not report to Oklahoma City. “We are pleased to add Eric Maynor to our organization,” said Presti. “Eric possesses a work ethic and team first mentality that we feel will help us in our continued growth.”
Maynor was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round (20th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft. The 6-3 guard is averaging 5.2 points, 3.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 26 games with the Jazz this season. The Raeford, N.C. native currently ranks fourth in assists, 19th in steals and 24th in scoring among NBA Rookies.
The Thunder organization originally drafted Fehse in the second round (49th overall) in the 2002 NBA Draft. In order to complete the transaction the Thunder has waived guards Shaun Livingston and Mike Wilks. “This was a difficult decision as we appreciate Shaun and Mike’s contributions to this basketball team on and off the floor,” added Presti. “We wish them nothing but continued success.”
It’s simply another fork in the road to recovery for Livingston. While it’s definitely a setback, it’s unlikely this will be the end of his professional career. It’s tough to bet against a guy who has shown the will power to battle back from one of the most gruesome sports injuries ever, isn’t it?
It’s extremely unlikely that Shaun Livingston could reunite with the Clippers, as apparently there may not be enough playing time to go around as is, but I suppose Kevin Garnett’s inherent wisdom should never be ignored.