The biggest winners at the trade deadline were the entire Thunder roster
When it comes to the biggest winners at the trade deadline, some will say harden’s 76ers, Milwaukee’s bucks and Phoenix’s SUNS are also on the list.But from the most objective perspective, the biggest winners were the Thunder’s entire roster.At the trade deadline, there was speculation that the Thunder would eat up some junk contracts to earn draft picks, as they had done the previous two years.But surprisingly, the Thunder did nothing at the trade deadline.That leaves the Thunder $23 million below the poverty line.According to the rules, teams that fail to meet the minimum salary will have to pay a penalty based on the amount of the difference, which will be divided equally among the players.That means the 16 players on the Thunder’s current roster will split the $23 million, or $1,437,500 each.That’s not a lot of money for league stars, but it’s a lot of money for people like the Thunder.Favors is currently the highest-paid player on the Thunder at $9.26 million.The no. 2 pick in the draft is Giddy, who is making $5.99 million in the first year of his rookie contract.Okc playmaker Alexander is in the final year of his rookie contract and will earn $5.5 million this season.Dort, who signed a four-year super child labor contract worth 5.39 million yuan in 2020, will earn just 1.52 million yuan this year.So for some of the Thunder’s players, this unexpected bonus is more than a year’s salary. Isn’t that nice?As for the Thunder, their $23 million is still a cost, but they chose not to trade for draft picks, but to give benefits to their employees.This isn’t the first time the Thunder have played nice this season; they signed Gabriel Dyke last April to a four-year, $14.5 million deal with a lot of restrictions.At the time, the contract seemed to be a way for the Thunder to fill a tight spot. Dyke played for Real Madrid before coming to the Thunder, averaging 9.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.But the Thunder didn’t give him much of a chance.Cut in early January, Dyke earned $5.56 million for just 17 games with the Thunder.In the end dyke came full circle and returned to Real Madrid, where he paid a $1.5 million buyout.Once and for all, Real Madrid got the buyout, Dyke only played 17 games and made $5.56 million, okC filled the poor guy line and everyone was happy.Like the Thunder so warm management, the league also found few.