The move is evidence that the Thunder are trying to add pieces to help Westbrook for their playoff run.
Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and especially Nikola Mirotic ... It isn't a huge haul, but the Bulls reportedly like Payne as a potential starting caliber point guard in the future.
The Chicago Bulls have finally made a trade. Yahoo's Shams Charania has Anthony Morrow joining Payne and Lauvergne in the deal with the Thunder also receiving a 2018 second-round pick from Chicago. However, as Thursday progressed, the Thunder expressed interest in acquiring the aforementioned tandem of McDermott and Gibson as a deal eventually came into fruition.
Gibson is in his eighth year in the National Basketball Association out of the University of Southern California.
The former NCAA Player of the Year has averaged 10 points per game and three rebounds per game this season with Chicago. The veteran big man has averaged almost 12 points and seven rebounds per contest on 52 percent shooting from the field. An eight-year veteran originally selected by the Bulls in the first-round of the 2009 NBA Draft out of USC, Gibson has already appeared in 55 games this season, all of which have been starts.