Lindy Waters III inks standard NBA deal with OKC Thunder

Lindy Waters III #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Lindy Waters III #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Oklahoma City Thunder have made a pair of roster transactions in the past 48 hours to sign Eugene Omoruyi to a standard NBA Deal, converting him from his two-way contract. Then, the Thunder waived Omoruyi to ink Lindy Waters III to a standard NBA pact, converting him from his Two-Way deal.

Lindy Waters III played in both games of Sunday’s doubleheader playing in the morning for the OKC Blue and then for the Thunder against the Kings that night. That was unexpected to even Waters III himself. Even head coach Mark Daigneault only planned to play the Oklahoma State product around four minutes before Lindy Waters III played great minutes for the NBA club.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have converted Lindy Waters III to a standard NBA deal from his two-way contract, rewarding the hometown hero. So what comes next for Lindy Waters III?

Lindy Waters III has played in 25 games this season for the Oklahoma City Thunder, to the tune of four points, a rebound, and nearly half an assist per game, on just 11 minutes per matchup. Waters III has grinded to get to this spot from high school to his stardom at Oklahoma State and playing semi-pro ball before joining the Thunder organization a year ago, and now he is inked to a standard NBA contract.

This has been an incredible journey to get to this point for Lindy Waters III, and he deserves the recognition and benefits of this deal. But, yet again, this is also the Oklahoma City Thunder taking care of their players.

Waters III will not have his team option picked up this offseason and will likely hit free agency. That is the nature of this team’s roster crunch and rebuild. However, in the meantime, he gets a pay increase and well-deserved respect for what it took to get to this point.

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