Thunder Make Deals In Three-Team Trade

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder were involved in a three-team trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks on Monday  night.

The Thunder will get guard Dion Waiters from Cleveland, and send guard Lance Thomas to the Knicks, along with a future first round pick to the Cavs.

There were reports earlier in the day Reggie Jackson might be dealt, but those reports were false.

Waiters is in his third season in the NBA and is averaging 10.5 points a game this season.

Waiters made first team All-Rookie in 2013 and played two seasons at Syracuse University.

The Thunder appear to be getting some insurance with Waiters, in case they don’t re-sign Jackson, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

“Dion Waiters is a player that we’ve tracked and liked since his time at Syracuse, in the NBA, and with USA Basketball. Dion provides another proven scorer that positively impacts our roster and adds depth and flexibility,” said Presti. “We have a lot of respect for his toughness and competitiveness, and believe that he is a physical playmaker who will enhance the versatility of our team. We are excited to welcome Dion to Oklahoma City and the Thunder organization.”

Waiters did not play for Cleveland on Monday night, and could join the Thunder on Wednesday night for their game at Sacramento.