Thunder Secure Guard To 5-Year Deal

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed guard Lu Dort to a 5-year, $87.5 million deal, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Oklahoma City declined Dort's option on the eve of free agency with the intention of securing him on a long-term contract. And they were able to do just that, giving the undrafted defensive stud a massive payday.

The 6-foot-3 guard was slated to earn $1.9 million this upcoming season had the Thunder picked up his option. But it would have made him an unrestricted free agent in 2023.

Dort has steadily increased his production throughout his career. He first earned his stripes in 2020 NBA playoffs, earning a starting role for the Thunder in their first round series versus the Houston Rockets. 

After the Thunder embraced a full-on rebuild, Dort's numbers increased to 14.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in his sophomore season.

This past 2021-22 campaign, Dort averaged a career-best 17.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.