On Saturday, the Oklahoma City Thunder decided not to bring back veteran swingman Reggie Williams after signing him to a 10-day contract.
Williams played in just one game for the Thunder this season. He scored five points on two-of-four shooting the Thunder’s 131-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
To replace Williams on the roster, the Thunder have agreed to a 10-day contract with a name that should be very familiar to basketball fans, former Arizona Wildcats guard Mustafa Shakur, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.
The Thunder has signed Tulsa 66ers guard Mustafa Shakur to a 10-day contract. Shakur will be in uniform tonight against Dallas.
— Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry) March 16, 2014
Shakur was once a very highly touted recruit, but has not realized his NBA dream despite stints with the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and the Thunder, in some capacity.
Of course, since players can’t appear in the postseason if they are signed now, the Thunder might as well try out a few different players and see if they see any reason to invite one back next season.
Plus, the Thunder want to give Russell Westbrook more rest down the stretch so signing a ball handler like Shakur makes sense.
Shakur was playing for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA’s Developmental League. In 20 games with the 66ers, Shakur averaged 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.