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Thunder notebook: David Lee in OKC?

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: January 12, 2010 at 8:34 am •  Published: January 12, 2010

Knicks forward David Lee sometimes is mentioned as a possible piece to add to Kevin Durant, Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook. Does Lee, a free agent in the ballyhooed 2010 class, feel he would fit in Oklahoma City?

"Any team that has cap space, you have to give thought to,” Lee said. "I got to spend time with all of three of them last summer at the Olympic camp in (Las) Vegas. They’re all good guys. I’ve known Jeff a couple of years. Anytime you have exciting young players, it would be a fun place to play.”

Even though Oklahoma City will be $14 million under the salary cap, Lee, who led the NBA in double-doubles last season and is averaging 19.1 points and 10.9 rebounds, realizes Thunder general manager Sam Presti’s long-term plan.

"They’re probably saving the Brinks truck for those three guys,” Lee said. "At this point there’s so much still to be seen. I’m just concentrating on helping this team, which can do some good things, then see how everything pans out this summer.”

OLLIE RETURNS
Kevin Ollie returned after missing six weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery but did not play vs. New York. That’s not a surprise. Eric Maynor was obtained in a trade with Utah just before Christmas to be Russell Westbrook’s backup.

"I feel good,” Ollie said. "I probably won’t be 100 percent, but (I) can go out and play my style of basketball. It’s good to be available. I realize coach (Scott Brooks) has to make a decision. You have to be content no matter how it works out. The one thing you can control is your attitude.”

FREE THROW IMPROVEMENT
The Thunder broke out of a two-week-long free throw slump, draining 20-of-24, Monday night. Box score from Monday's game

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