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Report: Thunder agree to one-year deal with Ryan Gomes

Jul 29, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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Plenty of teams got better this offseason, either via trade or by the signing of promising free agent acquisitions.

The Oklahoma City Thunder was not one of them.

While Western Conference clubs like the Clippers and Rockets made multiple moves to fortify the roster for a run deep into the postseason, the Thunder did nothing of the kind, and actually let their one decent offensive threat off the bench in Kevin Martin get away in free agency.

Not that Martin was good, or that the Thunder should have shelled out the dollars that the Timberwolves did to retain him. But he was the one guy who could randomly get you 20 points in a reserve role, and now there doesn’t appear to be anyone on the team that can fill that void.

It won’t be veteran forward Ryan Gomes, who OKC just added to the team on a one-year deal according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Gomes played overseas last year, and before that played seven NBA seasons with the Celtics, Timberwolves, and Clippers. The last time he played meaningful minutes was with L.A. during the 2010-11 season, when Gomes averaged 7.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 27.6 minutes per game.

Filling out the roster with a veteran for a likely league minimum deal is fine. But the Thunder haven’t gotten better while many other teams have, and Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can only take the team so far essentially all by themselves.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 29, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    Meh. Just Meh.

    Everything about OKC’s offseason has been so MEH.

  2. timb12 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Who is going to get the blame for squandering this teams chances?

  3. htownred34 - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Good job Okc, Ryan Gomes is the missing piece and will lead this team back to the finals. Seriously though the Thunder got worse this offseason, but they can turn it around if they sign a good off the bench scorer like Mo Williams

    • moseskkim - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:58 AM

      I like it.. Mo Williams can play with Russ. Russ can be the 2 at times so mo Russ sefolosha KD serge would be a good close game lineup there are still some more free agents who can play. Don’t count okc out. They’ll be dang good assuming no freak injuries to KD/russ

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      mo williams isn’t very good. He would add to their turnover problems and he’s an inefficient scorer.

  4. dezglobal - Jul 29, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    OKC is simply tweaking small things which is pretty much all they really need to do.

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    This is seriously subtraction by addition. What are you doing OKC?

  6. sylpkt - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:20 AM

    So I get why people think the Thunder aren’t getting better while every other contender is stocking up, but I’m just not understanding why people deem the Thunder to be cheap or not trying. They have the 7th highest payroll in the league, the Knicks, Nets, Heat, Lakers, Bulls & Clippers are the only teams above them. Every one of them is a major market with major TV deals except for the Heat. They will be in the tax next year and for the foreseeable future, so not going over this years tax to get around the repeater tax is paramount.

    KD & Russ will be 25, Serge will be 24. Reggie Jackson will step into the 6th man role and might not be as efficient as Kevin Martin on offense, but definitely won’t be the sieve he was on D. Jeremy Lamb only needs to be a 3 point marksman and anything else he provides is gravy. The entire cast of role players otherwise remains unchanged, but the stars aren’t even in their prime. They should improve organically.

    If anything, reduced minutes for Perkins and Fisher should improve the team. They did not, and have never been a big player in free agency. Why overpay for role players in the short term? Why not develop them on the cheap?

    • tomshoe - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:45 AM

      Bro. You underestimate Scott Brooks and his inability to change a starting lineup.

      Besides. That’s IF they develop. RJ’s been looking good, but we haven’t seen a meaningful minute out of Lamb besides that wildly inefficient scoring fest against scrubs in the summer league.

      PJIII hasn’t done anything. Neither has Orton. Neither has Lamb. Until I see production, I’m going to assume they got worse.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:14 AM

      They essentially sacrificed james harden so they could play horrible kendrick perkins over and over to ensure they weren’t as good as they couldve been.

      • shizosolja - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:17 AM

        Perks mins did not change, those mins went to Martin. That portion was a little less productive, but the team still ended up with the best record in the west and still are the favorites. The Harden trade had to happen. He would never have been anything more than the third cog and had reached his max potential in the role. His numbers got better because he became the focus of the Houston team. If he had stayed in OKC he would have been around 15 ppg mark and making near max money. Not a good idea for any team, let alone a small TV market team.

    • miamatt - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      You’re pretty much on the money.

      I do believe, in retrospect, having Harden and Jeff Green on this team (over Perk and Ibaka of course) would give them scary athletic lineup options. Still, they have a young top-5 player in KD and, depending on how he comes back from his injury, a possible top-10 player in Westbrook. Those guys are still getting better.Two stars of that caliber can take a team far, it just may be they need a season or two to re-shuffle the deck of players around them, perhaps, as you say, to “grow organically”.

    • muhangis - Aug 14, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      It’s not that they are cheap or not trying, just making bad decisions.

      This front office inherited KD and many of their good players, and they are throwing away what was very much handed to them.

      Think about it, they traded Jeff Green for Perkins??? And let Harden get away with hardly a fight. There were times when Green looked like a franchise player in Boston.

  7. sportsnut101 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:37 AM

    Why pay kev Martin 7 mill for him not to show up in playoffs no thx

    Okc wants to upgrade. But can’t due to Perkins deal that they gave him before seeing what he could for team

    So okc had Jeff green n James harden feels like Mitch Richmond days with warriors

  8. abchome - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    Just don’t let Gromes inbound the ball.

    • conjecture101 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      I seriously believe Chris Paul got Gomes blackballed for that one play, which wasn’t even really Gomes fault.

  9. shizosolja - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    How hard is it for the media and fans of other teams to realized this is how the Thunder operate? They are great at developing players and drafting. They get better internally, not with overpaid has beens. This (and every) offseason will be more of the same. They are not rebuilding. They did not lose a star player to free agency (Martin is good but he was not a star). They had no need to throw a bunch of guys together and hope to get a ring. They have their guys already. No need to sign a big name and waste money.

    • Kurt Helin - Jul 30, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      But they miss that third scoring option come the playoffs. Right now they have sets that are simplistic and get KD and Westbrook in situations they like, but in the playoffs teams will take away those first options and you need a team that can step up. The question isn’t “will they be good” the question is what happens in the second round of the playoffs and beyond? Without Harden or even Martin can they beat the Spurs? The Griz? The improved Clips? We will see.

  10. conjecture101 - Jul 30, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Kevin Martin is completed overrated, I’m sorry. Thabeet should start over Perkins.

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