Thunder Working On Training Camp Additions
By Randy Renner
The Thunder have a full roster of 15 players with fully guaranteed contracts but the NBA allows teams to carry as many as 20 players in the off-season and the Thunder are working on adding guys for training camp.
The team has not officially announced any additions and typically players who've been added for camp purposes aren't always known until Media Day but CSNWashington is reporting the Thunder have signed former Maryland star Dez Wells.
Wells went undrafted in June and then hooked up with the Washington Wizards summer league team. He didn't get to do much with the Wizards though after dislocating his right thumb in a practice session.
Several teams had interest in Wells who was an All-Big Ten selection by the coaches after posting averages of 15.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and 5.3 rebounds per game. Wells didn't take very many shots from out beyond the arc, averaging just under two a game, but when he fired them up he hit 51 percent.
Wells was listed as being 6-5 by Maryland and mostly played shooting guard for the Terps but he turned out to be just 6-3 when measured in socks at the NBA Draft combine so he's quite a bit shorter than NBA shooting guards and so may be more suited physically to play the point. He's very athletic and strong weighing in at 221 pounds and 6-4 in shoes at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy.
At least five other NBA teams had talked with Wells and his agent about training camp deals and it's not totally clear whey he chose the Thunder since OKC already has a full roster and would seem loaded at both guard spots.
The Thunder may have partially guaranteed a portion of Wells' contract offer and they are probably hoping to have him play a season for the OKC Blue of the D-League since the Blue's starting point guard last season, Semaj Christon, opted to play in Italy this coming season.