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.