HERE'S TO YOU, MR. ROBINSON
With the re-signing of Cook, The lone player absent from last year's Thunder roster is reserve guard Nate Robinson, who remains back home in Seattle while both sides try to find a long-term solution. Acquired from the Boston Celtics with Kendrick Perkins in a Feb. 24 trade, Robinson is in the last year of his contract at $4.5 million this season.
“It's tough,” Durant said of Robinson. “Nate was an unbelievable teammate, really helped me out, helped a lot of guys out. He's a good friend of ours, off the court as well. We wish him the best. Hopefully, things get worked out for him. We're still going to keep in contact with him. It's tough not to see him out here in practice because he brings us so much energy. He always gave us confidence no matter what, so he was an unbelievable teammate.”
Russell Westbrook: “Nate is a good guy, man. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to come back with us, but Nate is always going to find a team. He's a great guy to be around.”
OSU'S DOVE REJOINS THUNDER
Former Oklahoma State forward Marcus Dove is one of three players added to the Thunder's training camp roster, joining Stanford guard Anthony Goods and Syracuse forward Terrence Roberts.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Dove is a former Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Year who played last season with Goods for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA D-League. In 41 games with the Wizards, Dove averaged 8.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 28.8 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Goods last season appeared in 39 D-League contests and averaged 17.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 32.5 minutes. Goods twice was named Pacific-10 honorable mention.
The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Roberts spent time after college playing in Greece, Israel, Japan and the Ukraine before joining the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the D-League.
Dove previously signed with the Thunder in the summer of 2009 and played at the Summer League in Las Vegas.
“He did a good job for us,” OKC coach Scott Brooks recalled. “He's a hustler. He's scrappy. He plays hard, and he competes and that's the reason we brought him into camp. He's in a tough situation, but you never know. You have to put yourself in a position to earn the job with great effort, and he had that today. We have no complaints with the three guys we brought in. I thought they all picked up things quickly.”