THUNDER NOTEBOOK: Earl Watson ignores trade report

Published: January 13, 2009
Watson ignores trade report
Thunder 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.

Forward Chris Wilcox played Saturday for the first time in three games but only four minutes when starter Nick Collison got in early foul trouble.

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