Thabo Sefolosha is hoping Oklahoma City offers a new beginning, a chance for the consistent playing time and clear-cut role that eluded him in Chicago.
"I see it as a fresh start, coming into a young team where I really think I can fit in. I’m really excited about that,” said Sefolosha, who the Thunder acquired on Thursday in exchange for a 2009 first-round draft pick. "They have a spot for me over there. Even if it’s not in the starting five, I really hope to bring something to this team.” Sefolosha, a 6-foot-7 swingman, was squeezed out of the Bulls’ rotation from the day the team drafted him with the 13th overall pick in 2006. The Bulls’ wing players have included Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Andres Nocioni and Larry Hughes. With the Thunder, his main competition will be rookie guard Kyle Weaver. "I welcome the trade. I think it’s going to be a good situation for me,” Sefolosha said. "I’m happy to come and play with some very good young players. It’s a lot of talent on this team, so I hope I’m going to be able to help the team and showcase my talent.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said he’s familiar with Sefolosha only through what he’s seen on film and scouting reports, but he said he likes his defensive mindset and ability to guard three positions.