Thunder notebook: What will the Thunder do with its final roster spot?

by Darnell Mayberry Published: March 1, 2011
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Following last week's trades that sent Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and a first-round pick to Boston for Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson and D.J. White and Morris Peterson to Charlotte for Nazr Mohammed, the Thunder now has an open roster spot.


Thunder coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that he and general manager Sam Presti have had dialogue about which direction to go with the available spot. But Brooks said there is no guarantee that the team will fill it.

“It's always a spot that can stay available,” Brooks said. “I don't know yet. I'm still trying to figure out how we can integrate our players that we have now. I'm not sure if we're going to use that or not. But if we do, I know it's going to be another player that we can know what to expect from. He's going to be a good kid. He's going to be a worker. And he's going to have some good skill sets.”

While more attractive names like Corey Brewer and Jason Kapono have been linked to the Thunder, Brooks sounded as if that caliber of player wouldn't be brought to OKC.

“That 15th spot, nothing against that 15th spot because I was that 15th spot a few times in my career, (but) it's very slim that that spot plays,” Brooks said. “It's usually a high energy (player) that makes practices very competitive.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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