The Oklahoma City Thunder have made another (minor) headline during the offseason. According to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent Ryan Gomes.
Free agent forward Ryan Gomes has reached agreement on a one-year deal with Oklahoma City, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 30, 2013
Recently, the Thunder signed rookie Andre Roberson, which moved the Thunder's salary to $70,375,510 for the 2013-14 season, according to ShamSports. With the luxury tax set at $71,748,000 for the upcoming season, OKC didn't have a lot of wiggle room to sign Gomes to a big contract and still stay below the tax line. According to Darnell Mayberry, at this time it is unclear what kind of contract Gomes has signed:
It's unclear whether the contract is guaranteed or if Gomes, 30, simply is being invited to training camp.
Last summer, the Thunder signed Hollis Thompson, an undrafted swingman out of Georgetown, to a contract but waived him before the start of the regular season.
With the Thunder's roster at the NBA limit of 15 players following last week's signing of guard Derek Fisher, in addition to the team's payroll sitting roughly $500,000 from surpassing the punitive tax threshold, it is likely that Gomes is joining the team on a similar deal.
If so, Gomes would enter training camp competing for the final roster spot with DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton and Hasheem Thabeet, three players who also are on non-guaranteed contracts.
During his seven seasons in the NBA, the 30 year old Gomes has made stops in Boston, Minnesota and Los Angeles. His career averages are 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. After he and the Clippers parted ways, Gomes hopped onto a plane to play for the Artland Dragons in Germany.
Amnestied LA Clipper Ryan Gomes will join the Artland Dragons (Germany/EuroCup) until the end of the season, a source says.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) November 22, 2012
Gomes last played in the league during the 2011-12 season for the Clippers. Before the Clippers waived him under their amnesty provision, Gomes played 32 games and averaged 2.3 points.