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OKLAHOMA CITY - Thursday was the deadline for NBA teams to make trades before the playoff push begins this season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder sent one of their veteran back-ups to another team in the West and acquired a former Arkansas Razorbacks star who has spent a number years with several teams in the NBA.

The thunder sent back-up point guard Eric Maynor to the Portland Trailblazers for what’s called a trade exception.

Here’s what that means; Maynor was earning a little over $2 million with the Thunder this season.

So the Thunder now gets to set aside that $2 million to use in the next calendar year to sign another player they trade for.

In a tweet Maynor thanked OKC and said he appreciated the fans.

Kevin Durant tweeted he will be sad to loose a teammate.

The Thunder also picked up former Arkansas star Ronnie Brewer from the New York Knicks for a future second round draft choice.

Brewer has spent time with the Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies and the Chicago Bulls.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward has played less than five minutes in each of the last five games for the Knicks.