Thunder Hit The Buyout Market To Sign Familiar Face

The Oklahoma City Thunder have added a bit more floor spacing to their lineup, hitting the buyout market to bring back former backup big man Mike Muscala.

According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Muscala agreed to a buyout with the Detroit Pistons, and, after clearing waivers, was all set to return to OKC.

The 6'10" center/power forward spent 3 1/2 seasons with the Thunder from 2019 through 2022, and hit on 39% of his three-point attempts during that span. 

Muscala always loved his time with the Thunder and is certainly happy to be back. 

"Coming to OKC… I’m grateful for it," he said the last time he was with the team, "it helped me a lot as a man & as a player… I'll always be a Thunder fan & always rooting for the Thunder."

He's a fan favorite, is very well-liked in the locker room, and adds another sharpshooting big coming off the bench, providing some extra depth behind starter Chet Holmgren. The team had been a little thin in the frontcourt behind Chet, so this is a welcome addition.

In his 11-year career, Muscala averages six points, 3.2 rebounds and a three-point mark of 37.6%.

 At 41–18, the Thunder currently stand second in the Western Conference, one game back of the Minnesota Timberwolves and a slim half-game up on the Denver Nuggets.

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