OKLAHOMA CITY, June 24, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder acquired center Tibor Pleiss (TEE-bore Plice) 31st overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for cash considerations during the 2010 NBA Draft, held this evening at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. In addition, the Thunder received forward Latavious Williams (48th overall) after swapping a future second round pick with the Miami Heat. Oklahoma City also acquired the rights to Florida State forward Ryan Reid (57th overall) along with cash considerations from the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Magum Rolle (51st overall). Finally, the Thunder received a future conditional first round draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for the rights to Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe (18th overall).
“As a result of the hard work and dedication of our scouting staff and the entire Basketball Operation, we are excited to add Tibor and Ryan and welcome back Latavious to the Thunder organization,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.
Pleiss, an early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft, has spent the previous four seasons in the German Bundesliga. Most recently, the 7' 1" center appeared with Brose Baskets Bamberg during the 2009-10 season, averaging 8.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 blocks and 18.9 minutes in 34 contests. In 12 Eurocup matches he averaged 8.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in 17.4 minutes.
Williams, the first player drafted directly from high school to the NBA Development League, spent the 2009-10 season with the Tulsa 66ers, the minor league affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 6’ 8” forward averaged 7.7 points while shooting 52.8% from the field, 7.7 rebounds in 20.5 minutes while helping lead the 66ers to a D-League Finals appearance.
Reid, one of just three players in school history to appear in the postseason all four years, saw action in 126 games (66 starts) during his career at Florida State. The 6’ 8” forward averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds while helping lead the Seminoles to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 and 2010 and to the NIT Tournament in 2007 and 2008. He appeared in 31 games (29 starts) during his senior season and posted averages of 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.