After nearly a week of having an open spot on the roster, the Oklahoma City Thunder and free agent Norris Cole have reportedly agreed to a deal for the rest of the season. Cole is a 6’2″ point guard that will likely fill a spot that has been much needed since the departure of Cameron Payne to the Chicago Bulls. Semaj Christon has been playing backup to Russell Westbrook, but his inexperience has shown more often than not.
Norris Cole played three and a half seasons from 2012-2015 with the Miami Heat where he won two championships as a backup to Mario Chalmers. In February of 2015, Cole was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans where he played a season and a half. In October of 2016, he played briefly in China before being released, and he has been searching for an NBA contract ever since. In 5 seasons in the NBA, Cole has averaged 7.1 points while shooting 40.9% from the field, 32.6% from three, and 74.1% from the free throw line in 22.1 minutes per game. Cole has also averaged 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game.
While Norris Cole will likely not make a major impact for Oklahoma City, he will serve as a veteran floor general who has championship experience, something the Thunder desperately needs.
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