“Chicago’s Thabo Sefolosha is headed to Oklahoma City for one of the Thunder’s five stockpiled first-round picks in the next two drafts.”
Who is Thabo Sefolosha you ask? He’s a 24-year-old third-year player from Vevey, Switzerland. The 6-foot-7 swingman is making just under $2 million per and he has two years left on his deal. He’s played in every game this year for the Bulls but he’s getting just over 17 minutes a game. He’s averaging 4.5 ppg and 2.9 rpg and 1.5 apg. No word on which pick it is OKC had to give up. (Obviously it’s either the Nuggets or Spurs pick this year, I’d assume. Hopefully it’s not the 2010 Phoenix pick.) UPDATE: Ian Thompson reported that OKC will send its least valuable pick between its Spurs or Nuggets first-rounder. Nice.
“It is not immediately clear if this would be two separate trades or a three-way exchange, but I’m hearing that Oklahoma City’s Chris Wilcox — who went back to the Thunder on Wednesday night when the Tyson Chandler trade was rescinded — and Chicago’s Larry Hughes are New York-bound.
To complete the transaction(s), Oklahoma City would get Malik Rose and Chicago would receive Tim Thomas, Jerome James and Anthony Roberson. Trying to nail it all down for you.”
UPDATE: Marc Stein reports the deal is done. Malik Rose and cash to Oklahoma City for Chris Wilcox.
Cash considerations sweeten the pot a bit, but it still doesn’t make a ton of sense to me unless as Clark said, it’s a favor. But there’s still an hour to go…
Wilcox’s deal expires at the end of this year. Malik Rose’s does too. And Rose is 34 and has played in just 18 games this year and is averaging a whopping 1.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg. Why make this trade unless Wilcox desperately wants out? I don’t get it.