NBA Free Agency: OKC Thunder sign Ryan Gomes to one-year deal

Jan 30, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Ryan Gomes (15) takes a break during warm up before the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

If you thought the Oklahoma City Thunder had an uneventful summer, think again. The Thunder and Ryan Gomes have agreed to a one-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.

 

Gomes tweeted that he worked out with the Thunder last week so the mutual interest and eventual deal does not come by total surprise.

Most recently, the Thunder signed rookie Andre Roberson to a deal worth 80 percent of the rookie salary cap scale, which freed up cap space and salary room before the Thunder hit the dreaded luxury tax.

There was a little over $2 million left after the signings of their rookies and Derek Fisher for the Thunder to work with. It was room the Thunder decided to use on Gomes, who undoubtedly won’t be signing for an amount that will put the Thunder into the luxury tax.

Gomes was out of the NBA last season and most recently played for the Clippers in the 2011-12 season. He played 32 games that year averaging 2.3 points in 13.3 minutes per game.

At 6-foot-7 and 250 pounds, Gomes can play the role of stretch four in this league knocking down threes, which he has done at 35.0 percent in his seven-year career.

Gomes may provide the Thunder with some more versatility to their roster. He can provide some veteran leadership and may prove a valuable variable to a roster that is very much able to compete for a championship next season.

Gomes’ ability to crack the rotation next season is far from guaranteed. Remember when the Thunder traded for Ronnie Brewer last season and he hardly played at all? The same fate could be waiting for Gomes, but an offseason signing may say more about what GM Sam Presti hopes Gomes can be in OKC than what Brewer became.

I like the Gomes signing because the Thunder can’t lose with it. He either fits in and works out well or no harm is done. I think it could work out and I like the Thunder signing another guy who is proven (to an extent) in this league.

Topics: NBA Free Agency, Oklahoma City Thunder, Ryan Gomes

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