2013 NBA Free Agency: Ryan Gomes worked out with Thunder; will OKC make an offer?

Jed Jacobsohn

Power forward Ryan Gomes recently worked out with the Thunder. Is OKC interested in signing the 7 year veteran?

Ryan Gomes is a 7 year veteran power forward whose stops in the NBA have included the Boston Celtics, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season Gomes played in Germany but was back in the U.S. recently. In an interview with the Hartford Courant (Gomes was born in CT and played college hoops at Providence), Gomes mentioned that he had recently worked out with both the Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs.

According to The Courant:

Gomes last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011-12. He says he has worked out for the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs, but is still weighing his options for the upcoming season. He says he is using this summer to improve his off-the-dribble shooting.

"I was never a superstar kind of guy, I was more of fill-in guy, but I've always been consistent," he said. "My last year playing with Los Angeles wasn't my best year, it was probably my worst in the NBA. So if I go to a team like [the Thunder or Spurs] I know what my roll is already. I'll come in and try to fill any void they have there."

Anthony Slater at The Oklahoman writes:

Gomes played in Germany last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 10 games for the Artland Dragons. He’s a versatile and lengthy defender with a capable offensive game. And he’s searching for another job in the NBA.

Will it come in OKC? Likely not, but certainly a name to keep an eye on if other plans fall through.

It is tough to see how Gomes might fit into a Thunder frontcourt that currently features Serge Ibaka, Kendrick Perkins, Nick Collison, Hasheem Thabeet, Daniel Orton, and rookie Steven Adams all crowding out the center and power forward positions, or even how any of those players might be involved in a trade scenario designed to clear a spot for Gomes. However, time is money, and there had to be a reason why OKC brought Gomes in for a workout. It is unlikely that Gomes has stealthily developed a killer corner-3 while playing in Germany, but in the current NBA landscape, teams move ahead by turning small things into slightly bigger things in the hope that eventually they will have enough trade pieces to get the actual players they covet.

In his 7 years in the NBA, Gomes averaged 10.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.5 AST while shooting 45% from the floor.

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