OKC Thunder Reportedly Reach 1-Year Deal with Veteran Forward Ryan Gomes

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OKC Thunder Reportedly Reach 1-Year Deal with Veteran Forward Ryan Gomes
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Don't say the Oklahoma City Thunder aren't making moves.

According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, the Thunder have reached a one-year deal with free-agent forward Ryan Gomes.

Sources told Wojnarowski the deal in question is short of a full guaranteed salary at the veteran's minimum.

Despite being drafted in the latter half of the second round in 2005, Gomes has been able to carve out a nice career as a complementary scorer

Previously, the 6'7" forward spent seven seasons—five of which were as a full-time starter—split between the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers.

After being amnestied by the Clippers prior to last year, Gomes journeyed overseas to Germany, where he played for a short time before returning stateside.

Although he's not the answer to all of Oklahoma City's problems, Gomes does give the Thunder an extra scorer. He's averaged at least 10 points per game in four of his seven seasons at the NBA level. And for his career, he's at 10.2 points and 4.6 rebounds.

With Kevin Martin now a member of the Timberwolves, the Thunder needed someone who could inject some scoring off the bench. Gomes is unlikely to see as much playing time as he became accustomed to—27.9 minutes a night for his career—but he's a capable offensive body who can plug a hole on a whim.

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Gomes is also knocking down 35 percent of his deep-ball attempts through seven seasons, giving Oklahoma City yet another floor-spacing forward to add to its arsenal.

The main problem for the Thunder if they intend to play him is finding the right positional fit. Gomes is a bit of a tweener and struggled during the last two seasons of his career, when he logged a majority of his minutes at small forward.

Pitting him against power forwards gives him an advantage on the offensive endnot so much on the defensive side of the ball.

Traditional 4s have a difficult time defending against his inside-out game and ability to run the open floor. Those same burly big men are also able to overpower him in the post.

Knowing all he can do (offensively) and how limited of a role he is likely to play in Oklahoma City, there is no risk involved here for the Thunder. Needing to round out their roster with some experienced depth, they could have done far worse than Gomes.

 

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