The Thunder on Friday waived former Oklahoma center Longar Longar and point guard Demond "Tweety" Carter.
Carter played Thursday against CSKA Moscow and finished with four points and one steal in four minutes. Longar played two minutes against Memphis on Tuesday in Tulsa.
The Thunder roster now stands at 17, two over the regular-season limit.
"There's a lot of decision that goes in to bringing guys in (for training camp)," Thunder coach Scott Brooks said. "In order to make it a competitive camp, you have to have competitive people. Tweety was competitive from the day we brought him in. He did a good job. He has a chance to play basketball for money. I don't know what his plans are right now, but we had a good talk. There are a lot of good players who are released, if they stick with it and continue to get better, they have a chance.
"He was really good for us. He pushed our point guards. He's a pressure defender. That's just the nature of the business. You've got to make cuts. The limit is 15."
COACH K AND K.D.
As Team USA's coach for the FIBA World Championship last summer, Duke's Mike Krzyzewski enjoyed the same perk as Brooks, who last season was the NBA's Coach of the Year.
"People thought I was a good coach, but anybody can coach Kevin Durant," Brooks said with a smile. "K.D. is coachable. Coach K is obviously one of the best coaches in the world, but he does teach the same things that we do — defend and move the ball. It was fun to watch. You could not help but enjoy yourself watching Team USA this past summer. Coach K is good."
When he addressed his Duke team after winning the gold medal in Turkey, Krzyzewski raved about Durant's defense. Brooks has said Durant is becoming one of the team's best defenders. Durant smiled and chuckled that his defense would be singled out.
"I've come a long way, but I don't think I'm one of the best on the team yet," Durant said. "I try to play as hard as I can, man. I try to use little tricks I've got, use my length (7-foot-5 wingspan) to try and get my hands on the basketball, deflect the basketball. My lateral quickness could be a lot better.
"It feels good for two great defensive coaches to say that about me. Gives me a little confidence, but I know I can keep getting better in that area."
ALDRICH RUNS AFOUL
Brooks said he is not concerned about rookie center Cole Aldrich fouling out of the last two games, and in an elapsed time of 26 1/2 minutes.
"Every rookie has to go through a learning curve of what's a foul and what's not a foul," Brooks said. "He's setting good screens, and I told him I want him to continue to set good screens. It's a fine line of what's a legal pick and not a legal pick.
"He's not going to play a lot of minutes, but he is going to play enough that we do need him. With the fouls, he needs to play and figure out ways to stay on the floor."
Aldrich left Friday's practice early with a minor shoulder injury. "He's OK," Brooks said.... Guard Thabo Sefolosha, who sat out of Thursday's game with an injured right pinkie, returned to practice Friday.... The Thunder does not practice today. It will practice Sunday before leaving for San Antonio, where it will play Monday, followed by a game in Denver on Tuesday. The Thunder's final preseason game is next Thursday against New Orleans in the Ford Center.