OKLAHOMA CITY If you were waiting, hoping and anticipating Oklahoma City would make a last-minute deadline deal that would put it a step closer to a parade down the streets of the city, well, it didn't happen.
Yes, the Thunder are still a championship contender, but are they better than they were 24 hours ago?
Also a yes.
The Thunder are in need of a third scorer behind Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. They also could use a bit more offense from the center position, but talks of Jermaine O'Neal from Phoenix or Al Jefferson from Utah ended up being just talk. The Thunder didn't pick up that extra scoring threat either.
Instead the Thunder received a trade exception from Portland for Eric Maynor and acquired Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a 2014 second-round pick.
Neither move makes you think Oklahoma City is doing any early ring-sizing, but while Maynor was doing nothing on the bench, the Thunder improved by slightly upgrading with Brewer and giving ...