With Timothe Luwawu-Cabarot being traded to Chicago and the recent waiving of Alex Abrines, the Oklahoma City Thunder opened up a couple of roster spots. To fill those spots, the Thunder has signed Richard Solomon and Scotty Hopson, both members of the Oklahoma City Blue, to 10-day contracts.
Richard Solomon is a 6’11” 240-pound forward who has started 29 of 31 games played with the Blue this year. With the Blue, Solomon has averaged 13.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.3 steals, and a block in 26.5 minutes per game. Solomon played his entire career of college ball (2010-14) at California before going undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft. He spent some time with the Blue in his first year after college before playing for a number of different teams in a variety of overseas basketball leagues. He spent time with the Thunder in training camp before signing with the Blue earlier this year, and this is his first 10-day contract.
Scotty Hopson is a 6’7″ 215-pound forward who has started 21 of 25 games with the Oklahoma City Blue this season. With the Blue, Hopson averaged 17.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 29.0 minutes per game. Hopson played 3 seasons of college basketball at the University of Tennessee before going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. Since then, he has played all over the world for a number of teams until signing a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks last season. He only appeared in one game and was not offered another 10-day contract. In October, he joined the Thunder’s training camp roster before being waived and signing to the Oklahoma City Blue.
While both guys are likely just filler spots for the time being as the Thunder prepares to enter the NBA All-Star Break, one or both of them may see some play time tonight against the struggling New Orleans Pelicans.
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