Given the Thunder's needs at center, how difficult was it to trade Cole Aldrich?
“Cole has done everything we've asked,” Presti said. “I think opportunity for him was hard to come by. When he was given that opportunity, he performed. … I think he's going to be a productive player in the league. It was a tough situation here because of the depth at that position, as it was for Byron (Mullens, who was traded to Charlotte before last season). When guys go on from here and do well at other places, we're excited about that. We're proud of them.”
Were Aldrich, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward blindsided by the trade?
“It wasn't easy to let any of the guys go because once you're a member of the Thunder, you're in,” Presti said. “We're going to support you as a player and as a person through the ups and the downs. … The things you don't see are the professionalism behind the scenes, things that guys like Cole and Lazar have demonstrated even when they weren't getting opportunities on the floor. That's appreciated here very, very much.”
Is Hasheem Thabeet now the Thunder's backup center?
Yes, but it depends on the opponent. If the Thunder opts to use a smaller lineup, Thabeet will play center behind Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka and Nick Collison, which means he likely won't play at all that game.
When does Houston play the Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena?
On Nov. 28. It will be the Rockets' only visit this season. OKC plays at Houston twice. All-Star Weekend also is in Houston.