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News » Seattle Supersonics Notes, Quotes 2008-08-15

Seattle Supersonics Notes, Quotes 2008-08-15

Seattle Supersonics Notes, Quotes 2008-08-15
--Guard Kyle Weaver, the 38th pick in this year's draft, was obtained by the team in a trade with the Charlotte Bobcats. In exchange, the Bobcats will receive the Nets' second-round pick in the 2009 draft, a pick originally obtained in the Mikki Moore trade in 2006.

--Serge Ibaka, the team's No. 24 over pick in this year's draft, signed a three-year deal with Ricoh Manresa, a professional basketball team in Spain, where Ibaka played last season.

Ibaka's contract has a buyout clause at the end of each season, allowing him to join Oklahoma City before the deal expires. Financial terms of the contract are undisclosed, but under NBA rules teams can pay up to $500,000 to buy out a player from a team overseas.

Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti said he's aware of the signing but declined to comment on the deal. However, Presti said during a press conference introducing Ibaka that the team will be closely involved in Ibaka's development, with Oklahoma City officials making trips to Spain to check on Ibaka's progress.

Ibaka spent the past two seasons playing for CB L'Hospitalet in the Spanish LEB Gold league. He averaged 11.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and led the league in blocked shots at 3.1 per game.

--In an effort to create more buzz statewide for Oklahoma's new professional basketball team, Clay Bennett, chairman of Oklahoma City's yet-to-be-named franchise, announced the ownership group purchased Tulsa's NBA Development League team, the Tulsa 66ers.

Bennett said the group purchased the minor-league team for $2.25 million. Bennett said the group hopes to use the D-League team to establish a similar philosophy used with the Oklahoma City basketball franchise, along with a significant basketball presence in Tulsa.

Oklahoma City now has exclusive access to assign players to Tulsa.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Robert has had a solid summer of rehabilitation, and we're looking forward to having him back on the floor. We're excited to have him with us, and we think that he's going to be someone who's going to be able to contribute for us this year." -- Oklahoma City general manager Sam Presti, on Robert Swift. The team signed the oft-injured center to a one-year qualifying offer worth about $3.5 million for next season, giving Oklahoma City the right to match any offer sheet Swift signs from another team.

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