OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Thunder and general manager Sam Presti announced they've acquired forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott plus an unprotected 2018 second round draft pick from the Chicago Bulls for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.
Oklahoma, thank you for all you've done my family and I. I can't express what this last 2.5 years have been like. It's been a blessing 🙏🏾🙏🏾
— Anthony Morrow (@MrAnthonyMorrow) February 23, 2017
— Cameron Payne (@campayne) February 23, 2017
I have appreciated my time in OKC, Thanks to the Thunder fans and organization. Happy to open a new chapter of my journey with the Bulls.
— Joffrey Lauvergne (@1JOLOLO) February 24, 2017
Gibson is in his eighth year in the NBA out of the University of Southern California.
He's averaging over 11 points and seven rebound per game.
— Taj Gibson (@TajGibson) February 23, 2017
McDermott is averaging over 10 points and 37 percent from three per game in his third year in the league.
Lets gooooo! #ThunderUp
— Doug McDermott (@dougmcdermott) February 23, 2017
Today was such an emotional day for me. From the time I heard my name called by David Stern, I… https://t.co/nBGhqLmMRg
— Taj Gibson (@TajGibson) February 24, 2017
Thunder general manager Sam Presti addressed the media on Thursday night about the trade.
The video above is from new Thunder forward Taj Gibson on the trade, his thoughts on Oklahoma City and the Thunder, and knowing Russell Westbrook since both were high school players in Southern California, plus Presti at the Thursday evening news conference.