ESPN.com reported late Monday night that Thunder coach Scott Brooks met with free agent Pau Gasol on Monday as part of the team’s continuing efforts to recruit the former Lakers center to Oklahoma City.
Brooks has not been with the Thunder all week in Orlando while the team competes in summer league. He was scheduled to arrive Monday or Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant met with Gasol in Los Angeles to sell him on joining the Thunder.
Many believe Gasol is waiting on fellow free agent Carmelo Anthony to determine which team he will sign with before making a final decision.
WESTBROOK PULLS OUT OF WORLD CUP
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, Westbrook will not play in this summer’s FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Westbrook had a frustrating season in which three surgeries on his right knee in 2013 forced him to miss 36 games last year.
Though healthy now, Westbrook will forgo a two-month commitment with Team USA this summer.
Durant is believed to still be scheduled to participate in the event.
McGARY SHINES IN WIN
Mitch McGary scored 18 points with a game-high 13 rebounds to lead the Thunder’s summer league team to a 98-84 win over Brooklyn on Monday night in Orlando.
Apparently, he didn’t know he still is supposed to be rusty after being sidelined since December with a back injury.
“I am rusty,” McGary insisted. “I didn’t know I had (those stats). I’m just trying to play and help win the game.”
McGary added two rebounds, two assists and one steal while making eight of 17 shots in 31 minutes.
At halftime, McGary had eight points and 10 rebounds.
“Mitch played with a lot of energy, and he brings a lot of tools to the table,” said Thunder assistant/summer league coach Darko Rajakovic. “I like Mitch rebounding the ball. He had a great block tonight. He took a charge tonight. And he did a lot of stuff that we like about his game. He was really good in the open court running and making plays for other players. He’s one of those guys that’s making his teammates better.”
Said McGary: “I’m just trying to play with a lot of energy, stay active and try to give my team extra possessions,” McGary said. “I’m happy with the way I played, but overall I’m happy with the way our team played.
LAMB BOUNCES BACK
After struggling with his shot in his first game on Saturday, guard Jeremy Lamb responded with a game-high 26 points Monday. He made eight of 21 shots and added eight rebounds and three steals in 35 minutes.
“Jeremy’s a great competitor,” said Rajakovic. “Jeremy’s a winner. And when his team needs him most, he gives his best games. And he proved that again tonight. He’s proved that a lot of times.
Steven Adams, Perry Jones, Andre Roberson, Josh Huestis and Semaj Christon all sat Monday to rest. … The Thunder made eight of 22 3-pointers against the Nets. … Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown, the 44th overall pick, scored seven points with four rebounds and two assists for the Nets. … The Thunder will have an off day from games Tuesday. The team will practice in Orlando before resuming play against Indiana on Wednesday.