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February 20, 2015 Updates

And hours before general manager Sam Presti pulled the trigger, Russell Westbrook – one of the franchise’s two cornerstone – said he and Kevin Durant had no desire to be consulted on the decision. “Not my job,” Westbrook said. “My job is to come out and play. We have a great general manager, great owner and great coach who have done a great job thus far putting this team together. So I’m pretty sure they know what’s best for us.” When asked if Presti ever comes to them to gather their opinion, Westbrook reiterated his previous answer in the most Westbrook way possible. “I don’t want to repeat the same answer, so whatever I just said last time use it as that answer,” he said. Oklahoman

Kevin Durant summarized the Oklahoma City Thunder trading Reggie Jackson simply: "He got what he wanted. You can't really --," Durant said, before pausing to think for a moment. "He got what he wanted." The Thunder traded Jackson on Thursday to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal that including center Kendrick Perkins going to the Utah Jazz with Enes Kanter, DJ Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak headed back to Oklahoma City. "Made some great moves," Durant said. "It's tough, losing Perk. And other guys." ESPN.com

"It was pretty easy," Durant said. "We felt like everybody wanted to be here except for one guy. So it wasn't like everybody was going crazy at shootaround. I went to sleep and woke up and we had new players. It goes like that sometimes. Everybody that wants to be here is here, we're excited about our new guys, and it hurts to see [ Perkins] leave, but we're still going to remain brothers until we're both gone. It was definitely a tough day, but a good day as well. " ESPN.com

"You have to have guys that want to be here," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "You have to have guys that are committed. Reggie is obviously a very good player, and he did a lot of good things for us over the years. But he wanted to start. He wanted to be a starting point guard. I don't know if you know this ... but [Russell Westbrook] is pretty good. So it just didn't happen if he wanted to start at the point. But Reggie was good for us, and I have nothing but a lot of good things to say. He's still a young and developing player and we wish him the best." ESPN.com

Perkins spent the last four-plus seasons with the Thunder after being acquired at the 2011 trade deadline from the Celtics in a deal that sent Jeff Green to Boston. He started 225 games for the Thunder (appeared in 273) and became a fixture in their locker room as a vocal veteran leader. "I talked to him as soon as it went down," Durant said. "Obviously it was emotional for us, because we're so attached to Perk, and he brought such a different swagger to our team. It's tough to see him go, but everybody understands, he understood the nature of the beast, and we understand, so it was tough losing him." ESPN.com

Durant said he favors the trade despite losing Perkins, whom he singled out for his late-night motivational phone calls during his infamous MVP speech. "I like the pickup of those guys," Durant said. "Me as a leader, I've got to make sure they feel comfortable the second they walk through that door. "I like what everybody brings to the table. It's just a matter of us building the chemistry up." USA Today Sports

February 19, 2015 Updates

Reggie Jackson: I just want to thank the @Oklahoma City Thunder and the fans for all their support and nurturing during my career in OKC. It has been love since the beginning. I will never forget the bonds or memories made here in OKC and i wish the organization and the team nothing but the best. I have been blessed to be a part of the organization and community and there was nowhere better for me to grow as a player and a man. #ThankYouOKC Twitter @rjOKCson_15

 

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