The OKC Thunder head into the 2021-22 NBA season in a matter of days, we are just over a week until the ball is tipped and the regular season officially begins. We are exactly a week away from the roster cut-down date, October 18th. The entire National Basketball Association has to get their roster down to 15 NBA deals plus two two-way players. Until Monday, organizations are permitted to carry 20 players on their squad.
The Oklahoma City Thunder entered Monday with 20 players on their roster, including a pair of training camp invites in DJ Wilson and Rob Edwards. The Thunder General Manager Sam Presti made his first roster move of camp on Monday.
OKC Thunder waive camp invite, roster update ahead of next week’s cut down date
The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived Rob Edwards, the team announced on Monday afternoon. Edwards, got his first bit of run in the preseason last night playing in just four minutes though he did pour in six points in that span.
Rob Edwards was a snipper for the OKC Blue a season ago, averaging 12 points and three rebounds per game while shooting 44-percent from deep in the G-League bubble. The Arizona State product shared the floor with Lu Dort for the 2018-19 Sun Devils squad.
It is safe to assume Edwards, barring him being picked up by another NBA squad, will be back with the OKC Blue this season for a full-length G-League season. The Oklahoma City Thunder organization value the G-League more than most teams, and Edwards might be the Blue’s premier player.
Although Rob Edwards has a great NBA trait, being able to knock down the three-ball at a high clip, he is already 24 years old. After shooting above 40-percent in the G-League Bubble, being a microwave scorer in game two of the preseason as he is waived just four minutes into his exhibition slate, it seems telling about his NBA future.
The OKC Thunder roster remains at 16 NBA pacts, two two-way deals, and a training camp invite. The team still needs to move on from two players including a player signed to an NBA deal. The most likely candidate is Mamadi Diakite, though Gabriel Deck and others can certainly be in the mix for a surprise cut as well.