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Ibaka update

Ibaka update
ESPN's Chris Sheridan wrote this week that Thunder general manager Sam Presti is constantly being asked if he's open to trading the rights to Serge Ibaka, an athletic 6-foot-10 forward from Congo, playing for Ricoh Manresa in the Spanish League. Presti drafted Ibaka in the first round of the 2008 draft.

Sheridan listed the top 10 most valuable NBA trade assets other than players on current rosters. OKC has two. Ibaka was No. 7. Third on the list is Phoenix's unprotected first-round draft pick in 2010 that Presti acquired when he obtained Kurt Thomas two years ago to help the Suns shed cap space. Presti later traded Thomas to San Antonio for a first-round pick he used to draft Ibaka. His stats in Spain (5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.0 blocks) aren't special, but Ibaka is playing only 13.0 minutes in the highly competitive ACB. It's a solid debut for the 19-year-old.


The Thunder will board a plane this afternoon in Sacramento about the time the Super Bowl kicks off. Scheduled to land at Will Rogers Airport during the fourth quarter, players and coaches will miss most of the Super Bowl.

"I usually watch it but this is business," Kevin Durant said. "I like the underdog. I'll ROOT for the Cardinals. But it really doesn't matter. "

Jeff Green: "It's not a big deal. I like watching the commercials. You'd like to watch the Super Bowl but we have a job to do."


Kyle Weaver started Friday night but Brooks said other players could be candidates in the future. One option is center Nenad Krstic, averaging 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 12 games.

"It's probably going to be game to game, depending on how things go," Brooks said. "It's not necessarily going to be if someone gets taken out of the (starting) lineup it's because they played bad. Sometimes it could be due to matchups."


Russell Westbrook's points average continues to climb (14.5) but he leads all rookies in turnovers (142). His turnover-to-assist ratio is 1.59... None of the Thunder's 12 games in February are against the Eastern Conference. After starting the season 0-11 against the East, Oklahoma City is 5-6 the past five weeks.


The Kings have struggled the past month but Kevin Martin, averaging 23.9 points, is an emerging star. Martin was in Sacramento when Brooks was beginning his coaching career.

"He's one of the better offensive players in this league," Brooks said. "He can put 20 points up in a quarter. "

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