THUNDER: Oklahoma City waives three, signs three

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Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan gestures during the second half of the team's NBA preseason basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Thunder won 113-101. Wednesday, the Thunder waived three players from their training camp roster and signed three others.

Though it’s unclear if any of the new names will be in uniform when the Thunder open the regular season Tuesday night at Golden State, there are indeed three new names in the Thunder fold, one day after the preseason schedule concluded with a 119-115 victory over Milwaukee.

Early Wednesday, Oklahoma City announced it would be waving guard Bryce Alford, forward K.J. McDaniels and center Richard Solomon, each of which occupied a spot on the Thunder's 20-man training camp roster.

Later Wednesday, the Thunder announced three signings:

• Dante Grantham (6-8, 205), a forward, who averaged 14.2 points and 6.9 rebounds last season at Clemson.

• Scotty Hopson (6-7, 204), a guard, who finished up at Tennessee in 2011 and last year played for Galatasaray in Turkey, appearing in 27 games and averaging 11.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

• Dez Wells (6-5, 215), a guard who finished up at Maryland in 2015, averaging 15.1 points. Wells spent 2017-18 playing for Sidings Avellino in Italy, starting 28 of 52 games and averaging 11.3 points.

Consistent with team policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

The additions make returned OKC's training camp roster to 20 players.

Come the regular season, the maximum allowed guaranteed contracts is 15, not including players on two-way contracts, of which, the Thunder carry the maximum two: Deonte Burton and Tyler Davis. The Thunder are carrying 14 guaranteed contracts right now and are not required to add a 15th, though the option to go up remains.

In addition to Grantham, Hopson and Wells, guard Abdul Gaddy remains is the lone remaining player on the training camp roster without a guaranteed contract or two-way contract.

Tip-ins: The preseason schedule in the books, Paul George led the Thunder at 23.7 points per game. Dennis Schroder was next at 15.3 and Steven Adams and rookie Hamidou Diallo were both next at 10.1 … Adams led at 9.8 rebounds per game … Schroder dished 5.5 assists per outing, despite only one against Milwaukee … After opening the season at Golden State, the Thunder are at the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 19 and open at home at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 against Sacramento, part of a four-game homestand that includes Boston on Oct. 25, Phoenix on Oct. 28 and the Clippers on Oct. 30.

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