The Oklahoma City Thunder have always run a tight ship in their brief history in the NBA. The organization has undoubtedly seen players have various run-ins with the law and has seen players have some behavioral issues from time-to-time, but they’ve always been swift and decisive with the action that the take.
Now OKC will have to take action on shooting guard DeAndre Liggins. As reported by USA Today Sports, Liggins was arrested on Sunday afternoon for suspicion of domestic abuse. According to the report, Liggins is accused of assaulting his girlfriend. The most troubling aspect is that the incident reportedly took place in the presence of a minor, which is a felony crime.
The Thunder are still looking to narrow down their roster to the maximum 15 players leading up to the regular season. Liggins was already going to be battling for position on Oklahoma City’s final roster, but this latest incident seems to severely decrease his chances of being with the Thunder for the upcoming season, as reported by Darnell Mayberry of NewsOK.
Liggins has played two seasons in the league, spending last year with OKC. However, Liggins didn’t have much of a role with the Thunder last season. He appeared in only 39 games and averaged just 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game while shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and shooting only 36.8 percent from three.
Liggins is due just under $900,000 for the upcoming season, but that money is all non-guaranteed, meaning cutting Liggins wouldn’t cost the Thunder much money at all. Liggins has bigger issues than basketball that he’s about to face, but he might not have to worry about making the Thunder’s roster for much longer.