June 28, 2011

OKC THUNDER EXERCISE FOURTH-YEAR OPTION TO KEEP MAYNOR

OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. – While VCU legend Eric Maynor was busy working out at his alma mater and helping with youth basketball camps, the Oklahoma City Thunder was busy making sure he stayed with their organization.

Along with Maynor, the Thunder exercised fourth-year options on James Harden, Serge Ibaka, Byron Mullens, as well as a third-year option on Cole Aldrich, announced by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti on Tuesday.

"It's great to know that the organization wants to keep me around," Maynor said. "We have a great group of young guys and I really love our squad. I'm excited to continue to get better, not only personally but more importantly as a team."

VCU's all-time leading scorer and assists man, average nearly 15 minutes a game for the Thunder this past year. He played in all 82 games and averaged 4.2 points and 2.9 assists per outing.

His importance to Oklahoma City was shown during the Thunder's run to the NBA's Western Conference Finals, when he provided valuable depth behind All-Star Russell Westbrook.

The Raeford, N.C. native scored in double-digits three times during the 2011 playoffs, all three games were Thunder victories.

In his two seasons in the NBA, Maynor has played in 163 regular season games and 23 playoff games, averaging 4.5 points and 3.0 assists.

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