Over The NBA Maximum, The Thunder Must Make a Cut

July 26th, 2010 by Aaron Young Leave a reply »
With last week's signing of guard Royal Ivey, previously of the Milwaukee Bucks, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have 16 players under contract; one over the NBA's allowed maximum for opening-night rosters. The organization now faces the tough decision of choosing who will be cut.

Presuming a contract will not be offered to three unsigned draft picks (Tibor Pleiß, Ryan Reid, and Latavious Williams), three players are reported to be on the chopping block. Center B.J. Mullens, forward D.J. White, and guard Kyle Weaver are the top three candidates to join the already vast free agency pool this summer.

It should be noted that the Thunder would prefer not to lose a big man as a measure of protection for the 2011-2012 season, if current center Nenad Krstic accepts a reported offer that would land him with the Olympiakos Basketball Club in Greece after his contract expires at the end of the upcoming season. Mullens, standing just over 7'0", seems to be the player general manager Sam Presti and head coach Scott Brooks would like most to retain, considering his reasonable size and the fact that he was only a rookie last year. White has seen limited playing time ...

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