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.

Injured:

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

Healthy:

  • 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.