Forward/center Mike Muscala, a free agent who most recently played for the Los Angeles Lakers, has agreed to a deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
Muscala is a 6-year veteran and could potentially be a replacement for the Thunder’s backup center from a season ago, Nerlens Noel, who has backed out of his original agreement with the Thunder to re-evaluate. The alternative could be that starting center Steven Adams is close to being dealt in a trade, which would mean the Thunder would undoubtedly re-sign Noel with intentions of making him the starter and Muscala as the backup.
Muscala played his first 5 seasons in Atlanta, but he started last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played 22.1 minutes in 47 appearances. He averaged 7.4 points on 39.2% shooting from the field and 34.2% from three, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. Once arriving in Los Angeles, he averaged 15.6 minutes per game in 17 appearances, while averaging 5.9 points on 43.4% from the field and 36.8% from three, along with 2.6 rebounds 0.8 assists.
The financials have not been released on the deal, but it is likely a minimum contract, as Oklahoma City is well over the salary cap and has very little options otherwise.
For his career, Muscala is a 36.5% three-point shooter, which is an area that the Thunder desperately needs improvement. Regardless of his role with the Thunder, if he is able to knock down shots whenever he sees the floor, this could be a nice pickup for Oklahoma City.
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