On Thursday the Oklahoma City Thunder decided to designate rookie guard Jeremy Lamb to their NBA Developmental League affiliate the Tulsa 66ers.
Lamb was the 12th selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets and was acquired by the Thunder in the deal that sent swingman James Harden and others to Houston in exchange for lamb, guard Kevin Martin and draft picks. Lamb will now be the third member of the Thunder organization that has been designated for assignment to the 66ers along with guard DeAndre Liggins and center Daniel Orton.
The move will allow Lamb to gain some useful minutes of playing time rather than sitting at the back of the Oklahoma City bench as he has for most of his tenure in Loud City. So far this season the rookie guard is averaging just 2.1 points per game while playing in only 4.3 minutes per contest with those minutes often coming in garbage time. Thunder general manager Sam Presti told members of the media that Lamb will be in uniform for the 66ers on Friday when they face off against Rio Grande Valley.
The Thunder see plenty of promise in Lamb and hope that his game will translate well to the NBA because he could be a long term option for the team at the shooting guard position. Once lamb goes to the D-League and receives the necessary playing time he could develop into exactly what the Thunder were hoping he would when they initially made the trade last month.