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Thunder point guard Earl Watson dismisses trade rumor

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY Modified: November 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm •  Published: November 10, 2008
Thunder point guard Earl Watson dismissed a report in Sunday’s editions of the New York Daily News that he’s seeking a trade.

"To me, it’s kind of like speculation because I’ve never said anything to nobody,” Watson said.

"It wasn’t a direct quote, so I don’t know where he was going with that comment.”

The report claimed Watson, the team’s starter, was "stuck behind rookie Russell Westbrook.” Watson, however, was fourth on the team in minutes played before Sunday’s game against Atlanta.

Watson said he hasn’t spoken with his agent, Dan Fegan, or Thunder general manager, Sam Presti, regarding a trade.

"I definitely haven’t gone to Sam,” Watson said. "If it was to the point where I needed to do that, that’s the way I would do it. I would never go through the media or go through the paper. But it’s too early in the season.

"For me, it’s important for me to win, it’s important for me to play the right way and it’s important for me to handle situations the right way. That’s something that I have to do, and that’s something that I take pride in doing.”

When asked directly if he wants to be traded, Watson said, "I don’t want out.”

"Honestly, on my mind right now, I’m more focused on winning these next two games, and I’m more focused on the holiday season. As far as moving, I don’t think anyone wants to move during the holiday season. So that’s my focus. I’m here right now, I practice every day and I work hard every day. So until you see my effort otherwise, I don’t even know how to answer that question.”