Will Thunder make a trade?Oklahoma City continues to be active in trade discussions, according to multiple media reports. The latest rumor has the Thunder discussing a swap of Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox for New Orleans center Tyson Chandler. The Thunder has also reportedly tried to work out a deal for Sacramento’s John Salmons and have shown interest in Phoenix’s Amar’e Stoudemire. Thunder coach Scott Brooks wouldn’t talk about the rumors on Monday. "I just don’t talk about rumors or speculation,” Brooks said. "That’s part of the business that we’re in. My job is to coach the guys that we have here and go from there. I believe in (general manager) Sam (Presti) and what he does. My job is to coach the guys that we have.” Said Kevin Durant, "Whoever’s here I’m willing to fight for. I’ve heard a lot of trade rumors that people have been telling me, but until guys are gone or (new) guys are here we’re just going to continue to play with them...I know the organization is going to make a great move for our team. But right now we’re just working together as a team and whoever’s here is here.
Durant waiting on Olympic invitationDurant said he did not meet with USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo during All-Star Weekend in Phoenix to talk about a possible roster spot on the 2012 team. "They honored the guys that won the Olympics so I guess their focus was all on that,” Durant said. "But whenever he calls my name I’m going to be more than ready to participate. So I’m just waiting on that call. "I heard all the guys that played before want to come back. Obviously there wasn’t any room for me on that team, so I’ll just wait my turn.”
Missing in actionSmith and Robert Swift were the only two players who did not return to Oklahoma City on time for Monday’s practice. Brooks said they missed their plane but their absence went unexcused. "We’re not happy about that,” Brooks said. "I will address them and there will be consequences. It’s an internal matter. We’re just moving forward.” Injured forward Desmond Mason was the only other player not at practice Monday but was excused by the team.
BrieflyBrooks’ high school coach, Bill Stricker, is visiting Oklahoma and attended the team’s practice Monday. Stricker coached Brooks at East Union High in Manteca, California, about 60 miles south of Sacramento and recently retired from his athletic director position ... Durant said he will keep the plastic toy horse trophy that he won in last Saturday’s H-O-R-S-E competition. "I thought I was going to get a better trophy than that,” Durant said. "But I was just happy that I represented Oklahoma City by not losing by that much.” ... The Thunder and Feed the Children will collect canned goods, bottled water, diapers and other supplies at tonight’s game against New Orleans. A Feed the Children truck will be parked outside the arena prior to the game. By Darnell Mayberry