Last July, Thunder GM Sam Presti made a quiet move when he signed undrafted free agent Luguentz Dort, the 2019 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year out of Arizona State, to a two-way contract. It didn’t take long for him to shine in the G League playing for the OKC Blue, and when Terrance Ferguson became inactive due to personal issues, Dort stepped into the spotlight.
Dort earned his way into the starting lineup for the Thunder, which is basically an unheard of feat for a two-way player. With Dort as a starter, the Thunder is 16-5 this season, and it’s clear that Presti once again did a great job grading the rookie’s potential.
Because of Dort’s limited time with the Thunder as a two-way player, signing him to a full contract was inevitable as the deadline to do so neared, but when the NBA’s season was put on hold, so was Dort’s opportunity to be converted to a full roster spot. Now, as the league prepares to boot back up, the rookie sensation has been awarded a multi-year contract from Oklahoma City, and it is absolutely the right move.
Sam Presti speaks on loyalty regularly, and he has shown in the past just how important it is to the Thunder organization. This move is just more evidence of that. The Thunder could have easily kept Dort on a two-way contract, and it would not have affected much for the rest of the season. As a matter a fact, it likely would have benefited OKC in terms of the luxury tax. However, signing Dort is a sign of good faith, and moving forward, it just makes sense.
Luguentz Dort is a guy that OKC wants to have around as the organization continues during this season of repositioning, and his knack for defense and potential on offense are certainly a key to that transition.