Before I dig into today's rumors, make sure you read section214's incredible treatise on Kevin Martin tout freaking suite.
Now then. Sam Amick has a huge story on trade rumors today. Instead of blockquoting the thing, let's lay out what we he lays. These have all been discussed; Amick doesn't offer much indication of anything that's close, except in one case.
SALMONS TO OKC, POTENTIALLY FOR JOE SMITH.
MILLER AND THOMAS TO MIAMI FOR MARION.
MILLER TO CHICAGO FOR ???.
BENO TO DALLAS FOR STACK.
MOORE TO NJ FOR ???.
DOUBY TO NJ FOR MO AGER.
Obviously, the new options here are OKC and N.J. I had believe Mikki Moore felt too burned by Rod Thorn to imagine a return to the Nets ... but they (still) need some size to help out Brook Lopez, and Moore is a known quantity up there. The only expiring contract large enough to exchange for Moore is that of Stromile Swift; that deal would just save Sacramento to $2 million buy-out owed to Moore if he's cut for next season. But I guess $2 mil is $2 mil.
Mo Ager is an expiring contract with a deal similar in size to Douby's. That's just reshuffling the prospects. Ager does not appear to be an NBA player.
The Miller stuff isn't new to the hardcore, but Amick does set up the cards such that the Kings are one of three bidders currently under consideration for Marion('s massive expiring contract). No word on the inclusion of Marcus Banks.
Now, the meat: John Salmons to Oklahoma City? Here's Amick:
Two league sources said in recent days that Oklahoma City has expressed a strong interest in the seventh-year player. The Thunder has offered the $4.8 million expiring contract of veteran forward Joe Smith in the deal, although it is not known if Oklahoma City is willing to part with draft picks or perhaps a younger player in return.
There are actually options beyond Smith, if it's a matter of OKC not wanting to part with multiple valuable assets. (Smith is one of the most sought-after vets in the league right now.) There's Chris Wilcox, who has seen super spotty playing time and has an expiring deal. Saer Sene and Robert Swift will be free agents. Desmond Mason just broke himself, but his contract also expires. Smith is the top tradable asset there now (outside of the untouchable kids), with Wilcox as 1b and the others falling below.
But I'd be more than willing to take 1b or worse ... if OKC coughs up a draft pick. Its own pick will not be moving. But in all likelihood the team will also have Denver's pick (so long as it is worse than 20) and San Antonio's pick (so long as it is worse than 15). That's probably right around #24 and #25. Would you take one and an expiring contract to unload Salmons? Remember, that makes this bad, bad team worse in the interim.
The question will always be: what can Petrie do with the cap space/flexibility? And that answer will seriously depend on what happens with Miller and Thomas. Scrapping everything but Martin, Garcia and the kids ... that's the OKC plan (except they went all in with the kids). Can Petrie duplicate it? Could he possibly want to duplicate it?