Report: Thunder signing Alex Abrines to three-year, $18 million contract

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The Thunder had been quiet since losing Kevin Durant to the Warriors.

Now, they’re using the cap space and minutes left vacant to sign another small forward: Alex Abrines, the No. 32 pick in the 2013 draft.

Nikos Varlas of Eurohoops.net:

Alex Abrines and Oklahoma City Thunder have a deal. The Spanish forward has agreed to terms for a three year contract which will pay him near $18 million in total.

Abrines has a 2 million Euro buyout, according to Varlas. Oklahoma City can contribute $650,000. The rest will come out of Abrines’ paycheck.

He could quickly earn a role with the Thunder, who were left with Kyle Singler and Josh Huestis at small forward (though shooting guards Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson and Anthony Morrow could also slide down). Abrines, who turns 23 next month, has NBA skills But his thin frame could prevent him from showing them, especially early.

Oklahoma City drafted Abrines with a pick acquired in the James Harden trade. So, Abrines’ play will be another chance to revisit that deal. Abrines almost certainly won’t swing the result, but he’s promising enough that the Thunder might not look quite as bad.

Except for the whole starting-a-chain-of-events-that-led-to-Durant’s-departure thing.