OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Justin Patton to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for small forward Isaiah Roby. The Thunder also sent cash considerations to Dallas in the deal. This was first reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Roby was the 45th pick of the second round. A three-year letterman at the University of Nebraska, he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons before being moved to the Dallas Mavericks, who relegated him to their G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends.
The 6-foot-8 small forward has appeared in nine games this season with the Legends, averaging nine points and seven rebounds.
Roby suffered from plantar fasciitis in his right foot at the beginning of the G-League season which caused him to miss the majority of the year up to this point.
Roby is in year one of his four year contract. He is scheduled to make $1.5M this season with next year’s contract being fully guaranteed at $1.8M.
Per Bobby Marks of ESPN, Oklahoma City’s tax bill drops from $2.3M prior to the trade to $2M, with the franchise being $801,066 over the threshold.
Oklahoma City could move big contracts — forsake this season — or move a minimal contract — a Deonte Burton-type — and keep going with this playoff push, while getting under the luxury tax.
Of course, prior to the offseason trades of Paul George and Russell Westbrook, the Thunder expected to be a luxury tax team for at least one more season. With the franchise moving in a different direction since July, plans have changed. OKC is not known to make salary dump-moved for the sake of shedding costs.
Patton appeared in five games for the Thunder since being signed by the team in August.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a featured co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12. He also hosts the “Locked on Thunder” podcast, part of the Locked On Podcast Network Monday through Friday. For Sooner fans, you can also listen to the “Inside OU” podcast with John Hoover. Brady also runs the “Locked On Sooners” podcast Monday through Friday. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports