Oklahoma City Thunder: Signing Ryan Gomes Does Nothing to Address Most Pressing Issue

By Ryan Heckman
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


Oklahoma City Thunder fans, how excited are you to have veteran small forward Ryan Gomes on your squad this season? I mean really, how excited? Come on now, don’t all start clapping at once.

Honest to God, if the Thunder don’t wake up soon and figure out what to do with a much bigger issue at hand they are in some serious trouble next season. Signing Gomes does absolutely nothing to address the most crucial addition still needed.

The Thunder failed to do what many fans would have loved to see, not using the amnesty clause on center Kendrick Perkins. Next season, Perkins will make roughly $8 million to do what? Oh yeah, nothing.

Perkins has been atrocious since coming to Oklahoma City. He’s a complete waste of a roster spot, and Gomes does not provide them more depth and experience next to Serge Ibaka down low. Veteran Nick Collison is the next best thing off the bench, and don’t even think about putting Hasheem Thabeet on the floor.

The former Los Angeles Clipper has never been more than just a fill-in player with the teams he’s played for. He’s a relatively forgettable guy when he’s out on the court and doesn’t have any true big-time strengths. In 13 minutes per game last season, he put up just four points on 32 percent shooting.

That’s what you have to look forward to Thunder fans, if he plays of course. For now, you’ll have to sit back and wait to see how the nightmare that is taking up a nice chunk of your payroll pans out this next year. Maybe he’ll step it up, who knows. Or maybe not.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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