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Oklahoma City waives Sebastian Telfair


The NBA granted Oklahoma City a hardship exception to add a 16th player to the roster while Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant were out. But they are about to be back and that exception is about to expire.

So on Wednesday night the Thunder waived guard Sebastian Telfair, the team announced. This brings the Thunder roster down to 15.

With the guards depleted in OKC Tefair was averaging almost 21 minutes a game for the Thunder and didn’t play poorly, averaging 8.6 points a game (although on 36.4 percent shooting).

That means a few things. First is that they will keep Ish Smith on the roster over Telfair. Once Westbrook returns Smith will be the third point guard and he’s not going to see much court time, but the Thunder like him better in that role than Telfair.

Second, Westbrook and Durant are almost back. That’s something to be thankful for.

Thunder sign Ish Smith as 16th player

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The list of injured Thunder players is longer than the list of healthy Thunder players.


  • Kevin Durant
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Jeremy Lamb
  • Perry Jones
  • Anthony Morrow
  • Andre Roberson
  • Mitch McGary
  • Grant Jerrett


  • Serge Ibaka
  • Steven Adams
  • Kendrick Perkins
  • Nick Collison
  • Sebastian Telfair
  • Lance Thomas
  • Reggie Jackson

That’s generously counting Jackson – who was pretty beaten up in Oklahoma City’s last game – as healthy, though Lamb could make his season debut tonight.

The NBA’s standard roster maximum is 15 players, but the Thunder are so hampered by injury, the NBA is allowing them to add a 16th. It’ll be Ish Smith, who worked out for the team earlier this week.

Thunder release:

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent guard Ish Smith to a contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti.

Smith, a speedy point guard, provides depth behind Jackson and Telfair. Smith will allow Jackson to spend more time off the ball, where Jackson can provide a much-needed scoring punch with Durant and Westbrook out.

No, Smith won’t solve Oklahoma City’s issues. Only time for everyone – or at least Durant and Westbrook – to heal will do that. But Smith helps just a little, and the Thunder need every win they can get to remain in playoff contention in the loaded West.

Thunder, with Perry Jones injured now too, running out of players

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Reggie Jackson intentionally fouled to stop the game, staggered to the bench and plopped himself down between Kevin Durant (in oversized cast on his right foot) and Anthony Morrow (sprained left knee), a couple players in street clothes. Jackson clutched his knee in obvious pain.

At that point the Thunder were down to six healthy players. That’s also how they finished Tuesday’s loss to the Raptors.

Jackson – who began the season injured and favored his wrist before hurting his knee – later returned, but Perry Jones did not, and Sebastian Telfair got ejected.

Jones, starting for Durant, left the game with a knee contusion and the arena with a limp:

Jones’ injury seams like a day-to-day situation, but Oklahoma City can’t afford any more setbacks. Jones joins Durant, Morrow, Russell Westbrook, Jeremy Lamb, Mitch McGary, Grant Jerrett and Andre Roberson (who’d started until Tuesday) among sidelined Thunder.

After Jackson returned, Sebastian Telfair was ejected for a flagrant foul. So, Oklahoma City finished the game with just six players – Jackson, Sere Ibaka, Steven Adams, Lance Thomas, Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins.

The CBA stipulates teams have at least eight players on the bench, so the Thunder have some things to figure out before they host the Grizzlies on Friday.

Help could be on the way, though.

Better injury fortune? That remains elusive.