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.