Thunder notebook: Chris Wilcox open to trade

Oklahoman Modified: February 11, 2009 at 4:56 am •  Published: February 11, 2009
Thunder forward Chris Wilcox said Tuesday that he’s open to being traded before the Feb. 19 trading deadline, hoping a change of scenery will bring increased playing time and production.

"I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing something happen,” Wilcox said. "I just hope that it’s the right situation if it does happen.”

Entering Tuesday’s road game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Wilcox had played only 140 minutes in 10 games throughout January and February. Wilcox’s lack of playing time has become the Thunder’s biggest mystery of the season after he averaged 13.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in just 28 minutes per game last season.

Thunder coach Scott Brooks has repeatedly said Wilcox is simply caught in a numbers game with Jeff Green starting at power forward, Nick Collison starting at center and big men Joe Smith and Nenad Krstic coming off the bench.

"Nobody said nothing to me or told me why I wasn’t playing,” said Wilcox, who is earning $6.75 million in the final year of his contract this season. "I just come in, work out and do what I got to do and hopefully things will get better.

"It’s been a learning experience for me.

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