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The Oklahoma City Thunder entered Media Week with a jam-packed 18 players on the roster. However, there were two extra spots in the rotation. As reported on Monday, the Thunder’s roster is officially complete.
In an announcement made by the franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Rob Edwards and forward D.J. Wilson to training camp deals. With the two new acquisitions, the Thunder have now tallied a full 20-man training camp roster.
Oklahoma City’s first signing, Rob Edwards, has had a long-standing relationship with the Thunder organization.
After going undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, Rob Edwards was selected by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round of the G-League Draft. Upon Edwards’ arrival, he had been caught amid a jam-packed backcourt that included Ty Jerome, Chasson Randle, and Zavier Simpson, among others. Despite the loaded rotation, Edwards emerged as one of the Blue’s top marksmen, cementing a high-usage role off the bench.
In his 15-game tenure with the Blue, Edwards averaged 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists while shooting a team-high 44.0 percent from distance.
Edwards’ microwave-style of play translated while playing for the Thunder’s Summer League roster in Vegas, dropping 23 points on two separate occasions recording averages of 11.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in five appearances.
Rob Edwards joins the Thunder’s training camp in a pack of 10 other backcourt figures. However, the former Sun Devils’ elite shot creation ability gives him a genuine shot to emerge from the crowd.
Concluding Oklahoma City’s summer of transactions, the Thunder inked forward D.J. Wilson.
After a prestigious collegiate career at Michigan, Wilson had been selected by the Milwaukee Bucks 17th in the 2017 NBA Draft. Since Wilson has entered the league, the stretch big has bounced between both G-League and NBA settings. He has played 142 career NBA games.
In Wilson’s last season, the big man placed 12 games for the Milwaukee Bucks before a mid-season deal sent him off to the Houston Rockets. In 23 appearances for the Rockets, Wilson averaged a career-best 6.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while shooting 33.9 percent from deep on 2.6 attempts per game.
The 25-year-old sources the Thunder an extra cog in the frontcourt possessing a stature of 6-foot-10 to pair with a 7-foot-3 wingspan. Wilson’s calling card as a professional has rested at the perimeter, and with pick-and-roll heavy guards in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Theo Maledon, and Ty Jerome — he should receive a hefty amount of looks.
The Oklahoma City Thunder open training camp on Tuesday.