OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 19, 2015 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has acquired center Enes Kanter and forward Steve Novak from the Utah Jazz along with guard D.J. Augustin, forward Kyle Singler and a 2019 unprotected second round pick from the Detroit Pistons as part of a three-team deal. The Thunder traded center Kendrick Perkins, forward Grant Jerrett, the draft rights to Tibor Pleiss and a protected 2017 first round pick to Utah and sent guard Reggie Jackson to Detroit to complete the deal, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today.
Included in the deal, the Jazz acquired a 2017 second round draft pick from the Pistons.
“We're extremely pleased to welcome Enes, Steve, D.J. and Kyle. We feel we have added talent, toughness and commitment to our roster and we are excited about the depth and versatility these additions provide,” Presti said. “It is a rare opportunity to acquire a player like Enes who will be an added dimension to our frontcourt and has his best basketball in front of him. Kyle, D.J. and Steve are professionals of the highest order and players that we believe will be committed now and in the future. It is important that we all thank Kendrick Perkins for his contributions to the organization. He had a direct impact on the trajectory of our team and helped us grow immeasurably in ways that will be felt years to come. We also want to thank Reggie Jackson for his contributions and wish him the best of luck as he starts the next phase of his career, as well as Grant Jerrett whose work ethic and dedication will carry him far in this league.”
Kanter (6-11, 245), the third overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, is averaging career-highs with 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, on 49.1 percent shooting from the field (286-of-582), and 27.1 minutes in 49 games (48 starts) this season. He owns career averages of 9.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 20.4 minutes in 265 games (87 starts).
Novak (6-10, 225), a nine-year NBA veteran who led the NBA in three-point shooting during the 2011-12 season, owns career averages of 4.9 points on 43.4 percent shooting from long distance (564-of-1301), 1.3 rebounds and 12.6 minutes in 436 games (six starts) with Houston, L.A. Clippers, Dallas, San Antonio, New York, Toronto and Utah. This season, the Marquette product is averaging 2.2 points and 5.0 minutes in 22 games.
Augustin (6-0, 183), the ninth overall selection of the 2008 NBA Draft, is averaging 10.6 points, 4.9 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 54 games (13 starts) this year. The University of Texas product owns career averages of 10.2 points, 4.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 24.8 minutes in 483 games (169 starts) with Charlotte, Indiana, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit.
Singler (6-8, 228), the 33rd overall selection of the 2011 NBA Draft, owns career averages of 8.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 27.1 minutes in 218 games (150 starts). This season, the Duke product is averaging 7.1 points including 40.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc (76-of-187), 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 23.8 minutes in 54 games (40 starts).
Perkins appeared in 51 games (three starts) for the Thunder this season, averaging 4.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 19.2 minutes per game. In 12 seasons with Boston and Oklahoma City, Perkins saw action in 727 games (560 starts), averaging 5.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.1 assists and 22.6 minutes.
Jackson saw action in 50 games (13 starts) for the Thunder this season, averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game. In four seasons with the Thunder, Jackson appeared in 245 games (49 starts), averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 21.1 minutes.
Jerrett appeared five games for Oklahoma City this year, averaging 1.4 points in 5.0 minutes per contest.
Pleiss was acquired in a draft night trade with the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for cash considerations. The center was originally selected with the 31st overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.