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Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant reaches out to welcome Mitch McGary, Josh Huestis

The gesture shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Durant has long been lauded for his public appreciation of his teammates and team-building approach.
by Anthony Slater Published: June 27, 2014

“I tried not to think about it,” Huestis said. “Where I was going, when I was going, it was out of my control. Whatever happens, happens...Going into it, some people saw me in a certain slot. But the draft process is such a unpredictable thing, so I just didn’t think about it.”


Huestis wasn’t bashful when asked who he wants to model his game after: “I really look at a person like Kawhi Leonard. I want to be somebody who can come in and just help a team win, do the little things, defend multiple positions and knock down open shots.”


The Thunder picked up three players on Thursday night, but it only introduced two on Friday afternoon.

That’s because Semaj Christon, the Xavier point guard selected 55th overall by the Heat and shipped to Charlotte and then Oklahoma City for cash considerations, was still stuck in the complicated loop of draft day trades.

But general manager Sam Presti officially announced the acquisition and said Christon will be in OKC soon.

“He wasn’t able to join us this afternoon but will be made available to the media in a couple days as we begin summer league practice,” Presti said.

Christon averaged 17 points per game last season, fourth in the Big East. He’s a 6-foot-3 combo guard who was considered a fringe first round pick at the start of the season before his stock dipped a bit. He will play for the Thunder’s summer league team but, as a second-round pick, does not have a guaranteed contract.