The Thunder have signed free-agent center Nazr Mohammed for the remainder of the season, the team announced today.

The 17-year vet looks to bring leadership and experience to the title-hopeful Thunder.

Mohammed wrote about his excitement for joining OKC on his blog:

I am now a proud member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the very team I competed for a Championship with in 2012. I was days away from turning “semi-retirement” into full retirement when I received word from Sam Presti that they had interest in me returning to OKC as a player.

 

Once I got the green light from my family, it was a fairly easy decision to make, given that I’ve played in OKC before. Plus, I have great relationships throughout the organization, from management to the players (especially guys like KD, Russ, Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka).

 

After playing for so many years, I didn’t really need to be informed what my role will be on this team. I kind of know. I bring my experiences and leadership to the table, and I’ll be there to support the guys and the coaching staff.