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Updated at 1:37 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009

NBA: Nuggets trade Atkins, first-round pick to Thunder

By JEFF LATZKE
AP Sports Writer

The rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired another first-round draft pick along with guard Chucky Atkins in a trade that sent seldom-used center Johan Petro to the Denver Nuggets.

With an NBA-worst 5-30 record, the Thunder have an eye on their future and Petro wasn't a part of it. The 7-footer got a chance to be a starter earlier this season in Oklahoma City, but didn't pan out and the team signed restricted free agent Nenad Krstic last week to replace him.

Oklahoma City also gains a veteran presence in Atkins, who has averaged 10.4 points in nine NBA seasons but played in only 14 games this season in Denver.

The Nuggets also got Oklahoma City's 2009 second-round pick in the trade.