The Thunder waive Alex Abrines here’s why and what’s next
12 February, 2019, 01:43
Abrines has appeared in only 2 games since December 23rd, citing personal reasons.
The third-year guard has played in only two games in the last six weeks while dealing with an undisclosed personal situation, according to Berry Travel of The Oklahoman. Though Oklahoma City offered no explanation for his release, ESPN's Royce Young reports that the decision was one mutually agreed upon by both the team and Abrines so he can focus on attending to the issue at hand absent the distractions of basketball.
"He's still battling through some things and wasn't able to be here tonight".
Abrines, 25, was selected 32nd overall in the 2013 draft by the Thunder after playing professionally in Spain. "Honestly, we go day-by-day with him and continue to be supportive with him".
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With the move, the Thunder's roster is down to 12 guaranteed contracts and two two-way contracts (Donte Grantham, Deonte Burton). Abrines was waived by the Thunder Saturday after three seasons with the franchise. It's likely they will use 10-day contracts to fill the void while waiting on the buyout picture to clear.
The Palma de Mallorca native appeared in a total of 174 games (16 starts) for the Thunder during the past three seasons where he registered career averages of 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds in 16.0 minutes.
Abrines' release comes in the middle of a unusual 2018-19 season that saw him struggle through the first 29 games (career-low 32.3% 3P), then missed 17 consecutive games due to personal issues.