Thunder bring back Orton after Harden trade
Center Daniel Orton has rejoined the Oklahoma City Thunder, four
days after being cut by the team following training camp.
General manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday that Orton signed
with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA development league and was
subsequently called up by the Thunder. Oklahoma City was in need of
a third center after trading away Cole Aldrich as part of the deal
that sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets on Saturday, hours
after Orton had been cut.
Starter Kendrick Perkins and free-agent acquisition Hasheem
Thabeet were the only two centers left on the Thunder roster.
Orton is an Oklahoma City native who played one season at
Kentucky before being a first-round pick in the 2010 draft. He has
played in 16 games in two NBA seasons.