Watson ignores trade reportThunder point guard Earl Watson said Monday that he isn’t concerned about a potentially developing three-team trade that would send him to Charlotte and bring Dallas guard Jerry Stackhouse to Oklahoma City. "It’s not the first report of the year, so I’m not even going to comment on it in depth,” Watson said. "It’s something someone wrote about. I can’t comment on it.” When asked before the Thunder’s game against New Jersey whether the report had any validity or if he knew of anything else in the works, Watson replied, "I don’t know. Honestly, today I’m right here representing Oklahoma City. We’re coming off a ‘W’ (against Chicago), so I just want to keep that positive momentum going and try to help the team win. As long as I’m here this is the situation I’ll deal with and I take it professionally. Watson would not say whether he is open to the trade, saying only, "I don’t have a choice. It’s part of the business.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks, citing team policy, declined to comment on the potential trade, which might have hit a snag due to an injury to Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin.
WILCOX CONTINUES TO SITForward Chris Wilcox played Saturday for the first time in three games but only four minutes when starter Nick Collison got in early foul trouble. Brooks maintains the decision has nothing to do with Wilcox’s performance. "We only can play so many guys, unfortunately for him,” Brooks said. "He just has to continue to be a pro, and he has, and be ready at all times. And he’s doing that.” Said Wilcox: "It’s a tough situation to go from starting to playing 10 to 15 minutes to not playing at all. But it’s life. You go through ups and downs.”
NO BOND BETWEEN KD AND JAY-ZOklahoma City doesn’t have to worry about rap mogul and New Jersey part owner Jay-Z having his eyes set on Kevin Durant as a backup plan in case the Nets fail to land LeBron James in free agency in 2010. Durant said Monday that he doesn’t have a relationship with Jay-Z, who was not in attendance Monday night. "I don’t know him at all,” Durant said. "I met him twice, but I don’t know him that well. I love his music. I’m a big fan, but I just never got around to it I guess. I’ve never been a guy who’s been like, ‘I need to meet Jay-Z. I got to meet him.’ "I want to stay in Oklahoma as long as possible. I do, that’s the honest truth. I love it there.”
BRIEFLYRobert Swift did not play for the second straight game. He sat out against New Jersey due to illness. BY DARNELL MAYBERRY