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News » Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-03

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-03

Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2008-11-03

Is either Mo Sene or Johan Petro the Thunder's center of the future? The non-activity of the past week might indicate how Oklahoma City's front office values the two former projects.

The team declined to pick up the fourth-year option on Sene's rookie contract and didn't sign Petro to an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline. Both will enter next summer as free agents, though Petro will be restricted.

Sene, as an unrestricted free agent, is free to sign with any team. The Thunder, however, can potentially offer a more lucrative deal since the team owns his "Larry Bird" rights.

Both players, drafted by previous general manager Rick Sund, have yet to hit their stride. Sene has been plagued by injuries. Petro, named the starting center to open the season, has rather pedestrian career averages of 5.8 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Sene, for one, is looking forward to free agency.

"I think it's a good thing for me," he said. "Hopefully it's something that's going to push me more and more."

Oklahoma City also has Robert Swift on the roster. The team did re-sign Swift, a 7-foot-1 former lottery pick who hasn't played sparingly in his four years.

THUNDER 88, WOLVES 85: Kevin Durant scored 18 and rookie Russell Westbrook (14 points) led a comeback as the Thunder picked up victory No. 1 Sunday in Oklahoma City.

The two youngsters were joined by Jeff Green (13 and six rebounds), Nick Collison (10 and 10) and Chris Wilcox (13 points). Westbrook hit the go-ahead shot for a 86-85 lead with 2:19 left.

The end of the game featured an official review to determine if a foul needed to be called against Oklahoma City before the buzzer. Ryan Gomes missed a potential tying three-pointer and the foul on the rebound was ruled to take place after the clock expired.

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