Thunder Acquires Thabo Sefolosha

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 19, 2009 – Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has acquired guard Thabo Sefolosha (TA-bow sef-a-LOW-sha) and cash considerations from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for a 2009 first round pick.

“We are excited to add Thabo to our team,“ said Presti. “With this trade we add another defensive-minded perimeter player that we feel has the opportunity to grow with our organization.”

Sefolosha (6-7/215), currently in his 3rd NBA season, owns career averages of 5.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 16.6 minutes in 183 NBA games (40 starts). He has appeared in 43 games (14 starts) this season with the Bulls, averaging 4.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 17.1 minutes.

Oklahoma City owns three first round picks in the 2009 NBA draft. The Thunder holds the rights to its own pick, the Denver Nuggets pick acquired in the Johan Petro trade and the San Antonio Spurs pick received in the Kurt Thomas deal. Chicago will get the least favorable of the Denver and San Antonio picks.

To make room for Sefolosha on the 15-man roster, the Thunder waived Mouhamed Sene.