Veteran center Nazr Mohammed is staying with the Oklahoma City Thunder, avoiding free agency with the possibility of an NBA lockout this offseason.
General manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that Oklahoma City had signed Mohammed to an extension.
Terms were not disclosed.
“We are pleased to be able to keep Nazr in the Thunder family,” Presti said. “He is a valuable part of our organization both on and off the floor. His professionalism, experience and on-court play have had a positive impact on our young and evolving roster.”
Just before Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline, the Boston Celtics agreed to ship center Kendrick Perkins and guard Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and big man Nenad Krstic, two league sources said.
Neither team was done, though.
The Celtics also traded rookie center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a second-round draft pick.
While the Celtics were unloading big men, the Thunder acquired another one, sending Morris Peterson and D.J. White to Charlotte for center Nazr Mohammed.
Charlotte Bobcats centers Nazr Mohammed and Tyson Chandler have returned to practice following injuries.
A team spokesman says both players will be listed as game-time decisions for Friday’s game against the Lakers.
Mohammed has missed the past five games with severe back spasms. Chandler has sat out seven straight games with left foot and ankle pain.
A trade between the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Bobcats that would have sent D.J. Augustin and others to Charlotte for T.J. Ford and Brandon Rush fell apart yesterday, according to sources.
The other players that Indiana would have included are Gerald Henderson and Nazr Mohammed. The talks supposedly went all the way to the hour before the trade deadline before falling apart.
The Bobcats are apparently starting to make plans for this summer when the team will probably lose starting point guard Raymond Felton to free agency. Ford would have been the guy filling that void if the trade had occurred.
Kevin Garnett and Nazr Mohammed get into a little fight in Charlotte.