The Oklahoman's Oklahoma City Thunder beat writer Darnell Mayberry answered questions from readers in today's Power Lunch chat. Read the entire chat recap here. Participate in our Power Lunch chats Monday-Friday at 11 a.m. at NewsOK.com/sports On his prediction for the NBA lockout: I'm not feeling nearly as optimistic as I once was. I think we see this thing drag out and there are some missed games. My only optimism that remains is I don't think we'll lose the whole season. Every single player wants the lockout to end. They just don't want to get "robbed" in the process. That's the sticking point. I think the same goes for the owners. On whether any Oklahoma City Thunder players will attempt to play in Europe while the lockout is still going on: I think the only two candidates are Serge Ibaka and Thabo Sefolosha. And that's only because they're from overseas and have played professionally in Europe in the past. Other than those two, I highly doubt anyone else would even consider it, no matter what they might say in public. On whether Cole Aldrich will play more in his second season with OKC: Nazr Mohammed's re-signing, to me, has much more to do with the team wanting to maintain its frontcourt depth. The Thunder now has Kendrick Perkins, Nazr Mohammed, Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens at the center position, with Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka capable of giving you minutes there as well. There's not a team in the league that has that mix of bigs. So, no, I don't think Naz coming back is directly related to what Cole is or is not ready to do. I think Cole will compete for the backup role. My gut tells me he gets 12 to 15 minutes a game next year one way or another. On whether rookie Reggie Jackson can play in the D-League in Tulsa when its season starts: No. No NBA players can be sent to Tulsa. That includes this year's drafted players, even though they haven't signed. Free agents can do whatever they want.