Thunder Send Jackson To Detroit, Perk To Utah

By Randy Renner

Thunder general manager Sam Presti made some major moves at the trade deadline and more details are still trickling out. 

Disgruntled backup point guard Reggie Jackson has been traded to Detroit for Pistons backup point guard D.J. Augustin, who played with Kevin Durant at Texas, and small forward Kyle Singler. 

The Thunder also sent center Kendrick Perkins and his expiring contract to Utah for center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak. The draft rights to Tibor Pleiss are also included in the deal. 

The Thunder had a full roster at the beginning of the day so sending out two players and getting four back isn't going to work. A report out of Salt Lake City has the Thunder also sending the just acquired Novak on to Detroit. The team is also believed to be sending out either Jeremy Lamb, Grant Jerrett or perhaps Perry Jones to get their roster back to 15. 

Moments after being traded away Perkins sent out a tweet saying goodbye to the Thunder fans and the people of Oklahoma, "I would to start off by saying thankyou to the people of Oklahoma...we are going to miss this wonderful place and all you guys hold a special place in our hearts. Thunder Up for life!" 

It's believed the Jazz will buy out Perkins' contract and the LA Clippers, where Perk's former coach Doc Rivers is now, will make a run at signing him. The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been mentioned as a destination. 

The Thunder will be short-handed tonight against the Dallas Mavericks, especially at center where Steven Adams is out with a broken hand. 

We'll update everything again from the arena and continue to check out our Twitter feed page. 


Randy Renner