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OKC Thunder: DeAndre Liggins' dismissal puts Thunder roster into better focus

With 15 players left standing, the Thunder's roster could be set. Training camp begins in three weeks, but barring an unexpected roster move, what you see is what you'll get.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: September 6, 2013
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/articleid/3880162/1/pictures/2199800">Photo - Oklahoma City's DeAndre Liggins (25) gets a steal from Denver's Anthony Randolph (15) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's DeAndre Liggins (25) gets a steal from Denver's Anthony Randolph (15) during the NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Gomes, meanwhile, is the most proven out of the bunch. He's appeared in 482 games in his career, with stops in Boston, Minnesota and with the Los Angeles Clippers. A late second-round selection in 2005, Gomes holds career averages of 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 27.9 minutes.

Liggins' departure also takes a bit of pressure off Orton, who would have been faced with surviving the competition despite the Thunder's surplus of big men. Now, it appears Orton has a better chance at survival despite the presence of starter Kendrick Perkins, backup Hasheem Thabeet and 12th overall pick Steven Adams.

Still, it' wouldn't come as a shock if the Thunder chose to part ways with Orton anyway. It would be a move designed to save some cash and create an open roster spot in case it's needed during the regular season.

A lot still could happen.

But the 2013-14 roster became much clear Friday evening.

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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