Oklahoma City Thunder: Daniel Orton's future NBA residence uncertain

Daniel Orton has minimum-wage, non-guaranteed contracts with the Thunder the next two seasons. As much as Orton loves being on the roster of a championship contender in his hometown, he said he'll leave in a heartbeat for playing time.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: May 30, 2013
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photo - Daniel Orton during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Daniel Orton during Thunder Media Day photos on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Though OKC's roster for the Orlando Pro Summer League won't be determined for at least another month, Orton said he planned on playing and will work out in town this summer.

Orton will be challenged to make next year's roster.

*General manager Sam Presti repeatedly has said he has no intention of exercising the amnesty clause on starting center Kendrick Perkins, which means Perk remains entrenched.

*Like Orton, Hasheem Thabeet has a non-guaranteed contract the next two seasons, but the 7-foot-3 Thabeet is clearly ahead of Orton.

*OKC has the 12th overall pick in next month's draft and could be looking closely at 7-footers Alex Len of Maryland, Cody Zeller of Indiana, Mason Plumlee of Duke or Steven Adams of Pittsburgh.

The Thunder initially got down to its final 15-man roster last season by waiving Orton at the end of training camp, but brought Orton back four days later after trading James Harden, Daequan Cook, Cole Aldrich and Lazar Hayward to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and three future draft picks.

Depending on whatever maneuvering Presti comes up with next fall, Orton could be in a similar situation to last October.