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Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Will Thunder make a trade?

Oklahoman Modified: February 17, 2009 at 4:38 am •  Published: February 17, 2009
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 invitation
Durant 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.


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