Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at 8:51 am  |  9 responses

OKC Thunder Signed Daniel Orton to Non-Guaranteed Contract

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed center Daniel Orton to a non-guaranteed training camp contract. A former first round pick in the 2010 Draft, Orton did not appear in any games as a rookie after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. In two seasons with the Orlando Magic, Orton averaged 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. NewsOK.com has the details: “Orton, a 6-foot-10 center, will join the team on a non-guaranteed training camp contract and is not assured a spot on the opening night roster. The off-season additions of Perry Jones III, Hasheem Thabeet and Hollis Thompson bumped the number of players under contract with the Thunder to the league-maximum 15. Orton is expected to be one of a handful of training camp invitees who must fight to make the final roster. In January, the Magic declined to pick up Orton’s third-year option, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. Orton, who will turn 22 on Monday, is now believed to be fully healthy.”

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  • http://www.stillonthebench.blogspot.com TR

    Orton should be over seas somewhere getting some playing time. Hes still young could leave and come back to the US at age 24-25 with a much better game

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Dude should have stayed in college, like prob 65% of the NBA. Talent (or, well, potential) wasted. Imagine being 6’10″ 280lbs and averaging 2 pts and 2 rebs per game!

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    He doesn’t want a better game. He wants guaranteed money simply for being tall. If he wanted a better game he would have stayed in college.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    never understood what he did in college to even be considered a first round pick, except for being 7feet and coached by calipari

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    Spit Hot Fiyah, apparrently the prevailing sentiment on here is that it’s far better to learn the game in the NBA instead of in college.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    You don’t learn the game in the NBA, you learn it in college. In the NBA you learn that you should have stayed in college and learned the game

  • Real

    Everybody please shut up they’re just playing the cards they’re dealt these days if you stay in college you run the risk of becoming undesirable. That’s just the way it is. He saw money–he took it while he was healthy. Of course he needed more time to refine his game, but he’s big and clumsy. Better to be lackluster, injury prone, and paid than to not be paid at all. One of the primary reasons for college is increasing your long term earnings. He was fortunate enough to find millions as a teen. It is what it is. Criticize him now but whatever. A couple more years in college could (keyword) have made him a better player–or could’ve exposed him. Never know. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Health isn’t promised. Knees aren’t promised (ask D Rose). Take the money while you can.

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Never understood why he has considerable trade value in 2k12….

  • Mike Gilbert

    The Thunder have two Russell Westbrooks…