Thunder rolls in Gibson, McDermott from Bulls

SACRAMENTO CA- FEBRUARY 12 De Marcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings looks over at Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City gets Utah twice at home and Memphis once on the road in the remaining slate.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls were able to pull off a multi-player deal before Thursday's National Basketball Association trade deadline. The Thunder were extremely high on the talent of Payne, but found what they needed in this deal.

This trade that sent Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott (with a pick) looks like the Tyrus Thomas trade for the Chicago Bulls.

The Thunder, now has a 32-25 record and in the seventh spot in the Western Conference, is looking for pieces to help their All-Star guard Russell Westbrook.

But more than the numbers Gibson, a free agent at season's end, brings a rugged toughness and defensive steel that should work well with similar qualities imbued in their Kiwi centre.

McDermott was originally drafted with the 11th pick in the 2014 draft. Lauvergne, 25, is averaging 5.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

A former Creighton Bluejays superstar is on the move.

In 55 appearances with the Bulls in 2016-17, Gibson is averaging 11.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per contest while shooting a respectable 52 percent from the field. Of course, the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and especially Nikola Mirotic ... He's also on the past year of his deal and will be a restricted free agent. Best known for his chemistry showcased with Westbrook (at least, off the court, an improvement upon his predecessor in Reggie Jackson) in their pre-game dance routines, Payne has suffered two frightening foot fractures over the last 19 months.

Payne has "career backup point guard" written all over him.

McDermott, 25, is in his second year and averaging 10.2 points per game. He's shown flashes at times during the season and in Summer League as a pick-and-roll point guard with good vision, but he'll have to improve his shooting to have staying power in the league. Leaving Oklahoma City and headed North will be Cameron Payne, Anthony Morrow and Joffrey Lauvergne. But Chicago gave up a lot of talent in Gibson and McDermott to acquire him.