Oklahoma City Thunder Rumors: Diante Garrett to Join Team?
The Oklahoma City Thunder have been pretty underwhelming this summer with their moves, or lack thereof, in NBA Free Agency. The only signing outside of re-signing players that they have made is signing forward Ryan Gomes, who doesn’t exactly appear like he will factor into the equation for OKC this season.
The summer of underwhelming everyone continued for the Thunder on Thursday, as well. Guard Diante Garrett, who spent his rookie season last year with the Phoenix Suns, tweeted out on Thursday morning, “Ill be wit Okc this year.” There has been no official word about the signing, but this seems to mean the Thunder have brought in the 24-year-old point guard who was auditioning for a job at the Las Vegas Summer League.
In seven games at Summer League, Garrett’s overall numbers weren’t too flashy. He averaged only 5.4 points, 3.9 assists and 0.9 steals in 16.7 minutes per game while shooting just 42.9 percent from the floor and only 33.3 percent from long-range. However, he did show moments of solid play, including notching 12 assists with just one turnover in one game and scoring 14 points on 6-10 shooting in only 17 minutes in another contest.
Garrett didn’t see the floor much at all for Phoenix last season as he appeared in only 19 games. In his limited opportunities, he struggled. He averaged only 2.1 points and 1.6 assists in 7.8 minutes per game and shot just 32.7 percent from the floor.
It’s hard to imagine Garrett seeing the floor hardly at all in OKC. Playing behind Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson at the point, there’s not many minutes to be had. Garrett will likely be injury insurance or will be sent to the D-League. Either way, no one is marveling at this signing for the Thunder, which seems to be the trend for this off-season.