Oklahoma City Thunder Getting Inside 2009-01-14

A potential three-way deal involving the Thunder and veteran point guard Earl Watson is off the table for now, and possibly for good. The other teams involved in the talks, as widely reported, were Dallas and Charlotte.

For parting with Watson, the Thunder was said to be receiving Jerry Stackhouse and a second-round pick from Dallas. The Bobcats would get Watson and Mavericks center DeSagana Diop. Dallas would end up with guard Raymond Felton and Nazr Mohammed from Charlotte.

Stackhouse would essentially give the Thunder another expiring contract, which would further enhance the team's financial flexibility going forward. Oklahoma City already owns significant cap room in seasons to come.

Stackhouse, 34, has averaged nearly 19 points for his career, but his production has fallen steadily since going to Dallas and he's played in only eight games this season because of injuries. The veteran guard wouldn't have a future with the rebuilding Thunder, but he's owed only a $2 million buyout next season.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti declined comment on the deal. It's believed an injury to Charlotte rookie point guard D.J. Augustin played a part in holding up the trade. Felton is starting with Augustin out.

NETS 103, THUNDER 99 (OT): The Thunder came up short in a bid to put together a winning streak. Unlike the Thunder's burst to open overtime in a win at Chicago, New Jersey scored the first seven points in the extra session Monday night.

Kevin Durant (26 points) once again led the Thunder, which dropped to 6-33 overall and 2-17 away from home. Russell Westbrook chipped in with 17 points, and Jeff Green had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Former Nets center Nenad Krstic scored 12 and Earl Watson had 11.

Durant didn't score in OT. He tied the game at 88-88 with 2:05 left, and neither team scored for the remainder of regulation. New Jersey rookie Brook Lopez scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Vince Carter scored 21.



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Added: January 14, 2009