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OKC Thunder signs Nazr Mohammed to contract extension

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, Modified: June 29, 2011 at 11:45 am •  Published: June 29, 2011

In 24 games, seven as a starter, with the Thunder, Mohammed averaged 6.9 points and 4.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. He helped the Thunder reach the Western Conference Finals for the first time in the franchise's Oklahoma City era.

“We are pleased to be able to keep Nazr in the Thunder family,” said Thunder general manager Sam Presti in a statement. “He is a valuable part of our organization both on and off the floor. His professionalism, experience and on-court play have had a positive impact on our young and evolving roster.”

With Mohammed returning, the Thunder keeps intact a quartet of centers that also includes Perkins and reserves Cole Aldrich and Byron Mullens. Mohammed's deal now leaves only Daequan Cook as the Thunder's lone free agent. The Thunder on Monday extended Cook a qualifying offer to officially make him a restricted free agent, giving the team the right to match any offer Cook might receive.

Unlike Cook, who is coming off a rookie scale contract, Mohammed was eligible to come to terms on an extension before July 1. Mohammed was on the final year of a five-year deal he signed with Detroit in 2006.