Mar 02, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Royal Ivey (7) celebrates making a three pointer during the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Warriors 104-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder to sign Royal Ivey to 10-day contract


The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly going to sign Royal Ivey to a 10-day contract.

Hearing Queens-born and NBA veteran Royal Ivey is taking his physical today w/ the #Thunder and is set to sign a 10-day contract with them.

— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) January 15, 2014

 

Ivey played for the Thunder from 2010-12. He appeared in 59 regular season games in those two seasons. He averaged around two points per game while shooting close to 40 percent from behind the three-point line.

There was thought that the Thunder would look to sign a third point guard while Russell Westbrook is out.

Reggie Jackson has been started and he and Derek Fisher have been making up the 48 minutes from the point guard slot.

Jackson has struggled some lately and Fisher is limited at this point in his career. Gaining a little more depth at the position by signing a player that Scott Brooks is familiar with is something the Thunder could use right now.

Brooks played Ivey some decent minutes for stretches a few seasons back, mostly during the time that Thabo Sefolosha was injured. Ivey plays hard defense, can knock down shots, but isn’t a true point guard by any means who is going to handle the ball much.

Since Brooks has a history of giving Ivey playing time, I could see Ivey getting on the floor some once he is signed. Once Westbrook gets back, the Thunder will likely dispose of Ivey.

Ivey hasn’t been in the league this season. Last year, he played for the Philadelphia 76ers, appearing in 53 games and averaging 3.2 points per.

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