From the "Round Mound of Rebound" to some of the most respected basketball writers around, the Thunder's two trading deadline deals were met with overwhelming approval Thursday.
In one deal, Oklahoma City acquired Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson from Boston in exchange for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic, and in another, the Thunder dealt Mo Peterson and D.J. White to Charlotte for center Nazr Mohammed.
"I love the toughness that they now have," said NBA legend and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley. "I love the fact that they'll be able to hit some guys in the head when they come down the lane."
TNT analyst and NBA.com writer David Aldridge said, "I think Oklahoma City is going to remember this day as the day they took a step up to be a true championship contender in the NBA."
ESPN.com's John Hollinger wrote: "By also finally giving Green's spot to the vastly more effective Ibaka, they've improved two positions with a single trade. In other words, it's time. For three and a half years, the Thunder have been a team of the future. Today, they became a team of the present."
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix wrote on Twitter: "This is why Sam Presti is one of the most respected GM's in the biz. He has patiently built this team, never reacted to cries for (a) quick move. Now, he has the young, defensive-minded center he thought he was getting when he dealt for Tyson Chandler. Boom."
NBA.com's Sekou Smith wrote: "If the Thunder's aim was to amass a towering and physical frontline rotation capable of challenging the Lakers, Mavericks and Spurs in the Western Conference, consider that mission accomplished."
ESPN's Chris Broussard said: "Sam Presti, he was the GM in Seattle who sent Ray Allen to Boston and (Celtics GM) Danny Ainge. I wonder if this was payback. If Danny said: "All right, you helped me win a title. I'm going to help you win a title.'"
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