Brooks: "All You Need Is Five"
By Randy Renner
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks used one of his favorite phrases this evening about an hour and a half before his suddenly sharthanded team tipped off against the Dallas Mavericks, "All you need is five."
So Scotty should be pretty comfortable tonight with double that number. Because of all the trades earlier in the day and the injury to Steven Adams the Thunder will have 10 players available, none of whom is a true center and only one is a point guard.
The deals that have sent Reggie Jackson to Detroit, Kendrick Perkins and Grant Jerrett to Utah and Ish Smith to New Orleans were not official by the time Brooks met with reprters so he couldn't say anything about the players on the way to OKC.
"But I can tell you we have a lot of experience playing shorthanded this season, we have enough guys, all you need is five."
The Thunder are getting point guard D.J. Augustin from Detroit, who has been nothing short of outstanding filling in for the injured Brandon Jennings. Small forward Kyle Singler is also headed to OKC from the Pistons.
The Thunder sent center Kendrick Perkins and his expiring $9.65 million contract to Utah along with Grant Jerrett for center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak. Kanter is averaging almost 14 points and almost eight rebounds a game.
OKC is also sending Ish Smith to New Orleans.
Thunder general manager Sam Presti is expected to speak with reporters later this evning once all the deals bare approved by the NBA and become official.