The Thunder could be on the verge of bringing back Royal Ivey, according to a report by Bleacher Report.
Ivey, a 10-year veteran point guard, is expected to sign a 10-day contract, the report says. He reportedly is taking a mandatory physical with the Thunder on Thursday.
Through a team spokesman, Thunder general manager Sam Presti declined to comment on the report, citing team policy.
Ivey played two seasons with the Thunder, appearing in 59 games and averaging 1.9 points, 0.7 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 8.6 minutes.
With customary starting point guard Russell Westbrook expected to be out through the All-Star break, the Thunder is down to two point guards in Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher. Ivey likely would step in as an emergency third-string point guard.
Ivey was with Atlanta for training camp and the preseason but was released before the season began.
LEBRON JAMES “JEALOUS” OF KEVIN DURANT
Miami Heat forward LeBron James told ESPN.com on Tuesday that there's one thing Thunder forward Kevin Durant has that he wants.
“I get jealous sometimes when I look over at KD and he's like 16-for-32 (from the field) and then 14-for-34. … Man,” James told the website.
James is averaging a career-low 16.1 shot attempts but shooting a career-high 59.1 percent from the field. He's purposely dedicated himself to being a more efficient scorer over the past two seasons, and he still sacrifices shot attempts to orchestrate the offense and get teammates involved.
Durant benefits from a less balanced approach with the Thunder and a system that is predicated on the team's two stars staying in attack mode as scorers. Consequently, Durant averages more shots. This season, Durant is averaging 19.4 shot attempts, largely because Westbrook has been sidelined. Durant averaged just 18 shots with Westbrook in the lineup.
“There are games where I have it going, and then at the end of the game, I'm like, damn, I shot just 12-for-16? Why don't I get up at least six or seven more? I definitely notice it,” James said.
“You have to have an unbelievable mindset to get up 30 shots. I always think about it, though. If I get up high-20s, 30 shots a game, what could I do today, with the way I'm playing?”
SHOOTING STRUGGLES CONTINUE
After going 5-for-21 from 3-point range Tuesday at Memphis, the Thunder is now shooting 32.1 percent from that distance over the past 10 games.
It's a percentage that would rank the Thunder second-to-last in the league, ahead of only Detroit at 31.2 percent.
“We had a lot of good open looks,” said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “We are going to have to step up and make some shots. I believe in all of our guys taking them. They are not shots that are forced. They are not shots that are out of their rhythm. We just have to continue to believe in them and keep passing to each other.”