After being waived a couple days ago, the Thunder have re-signed Daniel Orton, the team announced Wednesday. Orton is technically a D-League call-up, as he signed with the Tulsa 66ers shortly before.
So why didn’t the Thunder keep him? Kevin Scheitrum of 66ers.com has a great explanation:
If the Thunder had kept Orton past training camp, he no longer would have qualified under the Affiliate Player Rule (which provides for training camp cuts). If the Thunder had cut him during the year, he would have entered the NBA D-League General Player Pool, had he chosen to go to the D-League.
Which you can read between the lines there and realize that Orton still will probably spend a decent amount of time in Tulsa with the 66ers.
Obviously by moving Cole Aldrich in the James Harden trade, the Thunder were thin at center, so Orton will provide some depth and size at the 5. The Thunder’s roster now stands at 14.