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June 26, 2008 7:49 PM

Sonics land White in trade with Detroit

Posted by Percy Allen

The Sonics traded their No. 32 and 46 picks in the second round to the Detroit Pistons for Indiana forward D.J. White, who was taken with the 29th pick.

White, 6-9 and 251 pounds, played four seasons with the Hoosiers and started three. He missed most of his sophomore season because of a broken left foot.

White averaged 14.6 points duriing his IU career and is the school's 16th all-time leading scorer. White is a legitimate power forward, who is the eventual replacement to Chris Wilcox. Wilcox has a year remaining on his contract.

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June 26, 2008 6:48 PM

Sonics take Ibaka

Posted by Percy Allen

A strange draft for the Sonics continues down the road of the bizzare. The Sonics took 6-10 C/F Serge Ibaka. That's right, Serge Ibaka.

I don't know how good he is, but he's got the best bio in the draft. His full name: Serge Jonas Ibaka Ngobila. He's 18. He has 17 siblings. He grew up in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo.

His bio says: "His grandmother survived the civil unrest in the Congo in the mid-to-late 1990s in a house witih no electricity or running water. He learned basketball playing on outdoor courts wearing shoes with cardboard inserts to coer the holes in the soles."

Wow. Again, no one knows if he can play basketball. He averaged 11.3 poiints, 8.2 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 26 games in the Spanish LEB Gold league.

it's likely the Sonics will keep Ibaka overseas to mature and bring him over next year.

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June 26, 2008 6:37 PM

Westbrook meets the media

Posted by Percy Allen

The newest Sonic Russell Westbrook conducted an eight-minute teleconference from New York with media members from Seattle and Oklahoma City. Here's the complete Q&A.

(Opening statement) "I'm very excited to be a Sonic. I'm looking forward to next season. I'm very, very excited. I've been working so hard to put myself in the best position possible. I'm very excited."

(Are you surprised you went this early?) "Not really. I worked so hard over the summer. … And it's paid off. I'm very excited."

(Did you have a sense where you would be drafted?) "I felt that I might go four. But you never know because of trades and things like that. I'm just sitting there waiting for my name to be called. And to go pretty early, I'm very happy to hear it."

(Talk about playing with Kevin Durant and Jeff Green) "Them are two good guys. I talked to Kevin Durant before the draft. He was really happy for me and congratulated me and things like that. Kevin was the Rookie of the Year last year. I'm looking forward to getting him shots. Getting him open and making him a better player as well."

(Do you consider yourself a point guard or are you a hybrid and more of a two guard?) "I consider myself playing the point guard at the next level. I've been working this summer. I've been playing point guard all my life pretty much. Now it’s my time and I can show it to the whole world playing at the next level."

(What area do you need improve?) "I see myself sometimes going too fast. Moving too fast. I see the game so fast. That's one thing I would like to improve by seeing the game slowing (and) slowing down sometimes."

(This time last year, you were trying to make the lineup and now you’re a lottery pick. Talk about the past 12 months.) "It's been real crazy. Every day I thank God and I'm blessed. I wake up every day and I thank God. Just work my tail off every day to try to become the best player I can possibly become. Now it's finally here. It feels like I'm starting all over again so I got to do the same thing again."

(How well do you know Earl Watson?) "I just saw Earl before I left LA. He was congratulating me and things like that. Earl is a real good guy. … I know Earl will teach me some things. He was teaching me some things before the year."

(How do you feel like coming to the Sonics given the offcourt troubles?) "I feel great. The Sonics are a great organization regardless of where it is. The team is great as well."

(Where you aware the team might be playing in Oklahoma City next season and are you ok with either there or Seattle?) "Yeah I'm aware that the Sonics might play in a different city. But I don’t think that’s a big issue. I feel if the team has good chemistry and it's a good organization (then) I won’t have no problem."

(What's it like going back-to-back with teammate Kevin Love? Do you have bragging rights now?) "Not really. Kevin was my roommate all last year. He's a great friend. A great teammate. I'm very happy for him and his family. This is what we dreamed of going to UCLA and it happened for us both. Going four and five. I'm very happy for Kevin."

(Explain your emotions when you found out you were going to be the fourth pick.) "I was real excited. Just like wow I’m finally here. I got a chance to walk up to shake David Stern's hands. I been thinking about that all of my childhood watching the NBA draft growing up and now it’s finally here."

(Describe the atmosphere there.) "My mom, my dad and my little brother. Up until this day it's been great hanging with my family. I love my family to death. It's just been a great experience overall. Every other player’s family is here. It's just been great. I’m very excited."

(When did the Sonics tell you they were looking at you for the fourth pick?) "When I went to work out there. When I went to work out there, they thought I did a good job. My agent let me know that they were considering for the pick. They've seen my a couple of times in LA and I just tried my best to workout every day I was in the gym because you never know who is watching."

(When did you decide you were a NBA prospect and when did you decide to enter the draft?) "At one point throughout the it never came to my mind. Every night I just prayed and thanked God every day I got an opportunity to play the game. I went out and gave it my all every game. And it gave me the opportunity to become an NBA player."

(Was there a point in the season when you started considering the draft?) "Not really. I wasn't trying to focus on the NBA or the next level. And then close to the end, I kind of thought about it. And then at the end of the year, I felt I was ready to make the next step."

(Talk about the freshman being drafted.) "Them are some good guys. I respect all of them. O.J., Derrick (inaudible). All them guys, I respect them. Some of them are the same age as me (19). They are good guys and I'm very happy for them and they’re families."

(Are you surprised there were so many freshman?) "Not at all. They are good players. They are good caliber players. They’re one of the top players in the country as freshmen so I'm not surprised at all."

(Any unusual hobbies?) "Just me. I’m a little laid back off the court. Hanging out with my little brother when I go back home. Listening to music when I’m not working out. Just being myself. Hanging out and enjoying life every day and thanking God."

(Are you surprised to be where you’re at?) "Kind of sort of. I was working every day. I never thought I'd be able to jump. Running in the sand. Doing plyometrics. It paid off at the right time and I’m very happy for it."

(How important was to stay on the West Coast?) "It means a lot, but my family is going to come to the game regardless of where I’m at. My family is always going to be with me and I'm always with my family."

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June 26, 2008 5:04 PM

Sonics take Westbook

Posted by Percy Allen

In the end, GM Sam Presti went with defense which explains why he used the Sonics No. 4 pick to select UCLA guard Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook is a lockdown defender who can defend both guard positions and the small forward spot. He's got a 6-7 3/4 wingspan, stands 6-3 and has a 36-inch vertical leap.

The Sonics ranked 27th in points allowed and Westbrook should help change that.

The questions about Westbrook is his ability to play point guard in the NBA. Darren Collison was the Bruins point guard last season and Westbrook was the shooting guard. Still, he led UCLA in assists.

Conceibably, fellow Bruin Earl Watson will mentor Westbrook for a year until he learns the position.

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June 26, 2008 4:11 PM

Live from Sonics draft headquarters

Posted by Percy Allen

Just hustled across town from the federal courthouse where the Sonics trial ended to the Furtado Center.

I wasn't the only one battling traffic. Sonics co-owner and chairman Clay Bennett beat me here by a couple of minutes. He's up in the War Room and I'm in the media room.

After a few hours, ESPN finally recanted the rumor about the Sonics swapping picks with the Los Angeles Clippers. We debunked the report hours ago thanks to a Sonics source.

Still it's believed GM Sam Presti is having numerous discussions about the pick because nobody in the draft is truly worthy of the No. 4 pick. It was believed that this was a two-man draft (Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley) but now it's a three-man draft with O.J. Mayo thrown in there.

After the top three, there's a big seperation.

The most Interesting question I've heard about the draft has nothing to do with Jerryd Bayless, Brook Lopez, Russell Westbrook or Kevin Love. A friend of mine asked: "What will David Stern say when he gets to the podium?"

Will he say: Seattle Sonics or Sonics? Last year, Stern said: "Seattle Sonics." Believe me. I checked. Got to admit, I'm a little curious.

FYI: Sonics forward Jeff Green is hosting a Draft Party at Fox Sports Grill.

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June 26, 2008 12:39 PM

Source says trade with LA Clips is bogus *update*

Posted by Percy Allen

A Sonics team source steadfastly denied an ESPN report that has Seattle sending its fourth pick to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the No. 7 pick and a protected first-round pick in 2009.

ESPN writer Ric Bucher first broke the story earlier today and ESPN college basketball analyst Steve Lavin is also reporting the trade.

The team source, however, says the Sonics are not making a deal involving those picks. The source declined to verify or deny if Seattle is engaged in other trades, but repeatedly said: "What's being reported is not true. It's inaccurate."

So as it stands, the Sonics have the No. 4 and 24 picks in the first round. Seattle also has four picks (32, 34, 50 and 56) in the second round.

***UPDATE 2:20 P.M.*** ESPN's Chad Ford is now reporting that Seattle-LA trade is contingent on what Minnesota does with the third pick. Says Ford: "The Clippers and Sonics have agreed to swap picks as long as the Wolves take O.J. Mayo at No. 3. If Mayo isn't drafted at 3, the deal is off according to two sources close to the information."

A Sonics source said there is "nothing" to this report either.

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June 26, 2008 12:08 PM

The Sonics are talking trade

Posted by Percy Allen

ESPN writer Ric Bucher is reporting the Sonics have traded their fourth pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for their seventh pick and a protected first-round pick in 2009.

Before the deal, the Sonics had two first-round picks in 2009 and now it seems as if they will have three.

The Clippers covet Indiana guard Eric Gordon.

The Sonics seemingly want to move back to select UCLA guard Russell Westbrook or Bruins center Kevin Love.

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Recent entries

Jun 26, 08 - 07:49 PM
Sonics land White in trade with Detroit

Jun 26, 08 - 06:48 PM
Sonics take Ibaka

Jun 26, 08 - 06:37 PM
Westbrook meets the media

Jun 26, 08 - 05:04 PM
Sonics take Westbook

Jun 26, 08 - 04:11 PM
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