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Nazr Mohammed hopes to return to Oklahoma City


Earlier today, free agent center Nazr Mohammed tweeted that he hopes to remain a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

The 33-year old center was traded from the Bobcats to the Thunder in February. Mohammad has been something of a journeyman in his NBA career, having played for the 76ers, Hawks, Knicks, Spurs (who he won a championship with), Pistons, Bobcats, and Thunder in his career. Prior to coming to the NBA, Mohammed won two NCAA championships with the University of Kentucky.

Mohammed averaged 7 points and 5 rebounds on 52.2% shooting during the regular season, but was not nearly as effective in the postseason, averaging only 2.3 points on 41.2% shooting and 40% free throw shooting.

Mohammed tweeted that he wants to return to Oklahoma City because he believes it would give him a chance to compete for a championship and share what he knows with a young team. He also mentioned the team’s fan support, which is fast becoming legendary around the league. Given how many places Mohammed has played in his career, his desire to stay in Oklahoma City says something about just how much its players appreciate the way the organization is run and the way the fans support the team.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.