Thunder Waive Guard Alex Abrines

Aubrey Yates
February 12, 2019

In a surprising move on Saturday, the Thunder released 25-year-old shooting guard Alex Abrines, according to The Athletic. The Spanish wing has missed 17 games in a row since December due to "personal matter", per the club. Abrines and the team came to a mutual decision that he needed to step away from the game to work on those issues, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

"He's still battling through some things and wasn't able to be here tonight". "Honestly, we go day-by-day with him and continue to be supportive with him".

The Rockets traded the Abrines pick, along with Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, a 2014 first-round pick which became Mitch McGary and a 2013 first-round pick which became Steven Adams to the Thunder for James Harden. "He's around the team, we always talk and communicate".

In the end, it's a mysterious ending for a player that figured to play an important role on the Thunder this season.

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Abrines is set to be a restricted free agent this summer, though it's unknown what's next for him in his professional basketball career.

The Thunder roster now stands at 12. Erik Horne of the Oklahoma also wrote, "The Thunder could pursue players on a series of 10-day contracts up to the 80th game of the season (April 7 at Minnesota) or up to 10 days before the final regular-season game". By rule, they will need to add two players within the next two weeks.

Abrines appeared in 31 games for the Thunder this season averaging just over five points and one rebound in 19 minutes per contest.

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