After spending a year abroad, veteran forward Ryan Gomes is returning to the NBA.
According to ESPN.com, the Oklahoma City Thunder signed Gomes to an undisclosed contract earlier this week.
The veteran played seven seasons in the NBA for three different teams (Boston, Minnesota, Los Angeles Clippers) before joining the Artland Dragons of Germany’s highest professional basketball league last season. He last played in the NBA in 2011-2012 for the Clippers, averaging just 2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in 32 games. However, he has proven to be productive throughout his career and has averaged 10.2 points in nearly 500 career games, with most of those being in a starting role.
Of course, he will be coming off the bench for the Thunder, but with the right group surrounding him, could be successful in the league once again. With the emergence of players like Blake Griffin and and Matt Barnes, Gomes’ role at forward with the Clippers became more and more limited, but it’s possible he could carve a spot out for himself with one of the league’s most explosive offensive squads.
Will Gomes prove to be a worthy addition to the OKC Thunder this season? Let us know in the comments and in our Thunder forum thread!