Thunder Sign Forward to 10-Day Deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed Jaylen Hoard to a 10-day contract, the team announced on Friday. 

Oklahoma City signed the 6-foot-8 forward under the league's Hardship Allowance. 

Hoard has played 20 games as a member of the Thunder over the past two seasons, tallying averages of 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. He appeared in one game for OKC back in late December.

The 6-foot-8 wing has spent majority of the 2021-22 campaign with the Thunder's G-League affiliate, OKC Blue. In 25 games (15 starts), Hoard is averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. 

Hoard went undrafted in 2019 after one season at Wake Forest. The 23-year-old has been trying to establish himself in the NBA, but hasn't really gotten a real opportunity. He has played 33 NBA games so far, 13 of which came as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers during his rookie campaign.

This should be a good opportunity for Hoard to show what he's got, as the tanking Thunder are essentially just playing for more ping pong balls.

Oklahoma City has pretty much shut down the campaign after it ruled out star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, rookie Josh Giddey, veteran Derrick Favors, and forward Kenrich Williams, among others, for the rest of the season.

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