Oklahoma City Thunder Acquire Etan Thomas From Minnesota Timberwolves

Greg EvansCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 25:  Etan Thomas #36 of the Washington Wizards goes up with the ball against Zydrunas Ilgauskas #11 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2007 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 25, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavs won 109-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Oklahoma City and Minnesota have completed a deal that will send veteran Thunder guards Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins to Minnesota in exchange for center Etan Thomas and two second-round picks next year.

This trade sheds rarely used guards for more depth and experience in the paint, something the Thunder roster was desperately needing. Minnesota gets a veteran presence for a backcourt loaded with young players.

Thomas averages six points, about five rebounds, and one block per game in his career. While these numbers don't jump off the stat sheet, like a Howard or Shaq, he does bring a strong presence to the Thunder's interior defense.


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