The seven foot center has been used sparingly by the Thunder over his first two seasons, as he has struggled to crack the rotation. The Thunder were hoping that Mullens would round into a player similar to traded center Nenad Krstic, but Mullens was not able to take the next big step in his career while wearing the Thunder uniform.
By trading Mullens to the Bobcats and not taking any player back in return, the Thunder gain:
- A free roster spot, with which they could fill down the road
- A trade exception of approximately $1.38 million