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Thunder notebook: Team discussing Desmond Mason's future; Marcus Dove hopes defense delivers opportunity

Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 16, 2009 at 4:45 am •  Published: July 16, 2009
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Bickerstaff have also been contacted about the positions.

Assistant coach Ralph Lewis is not expected to return next season. Lewis spent four seasons with the organization.

Dove hoping defense delivers an opportunity
Like the vast majority of the fringe players at this week’s NBA Summer League, former Oklahoma State forward Marcus Dove is hoping to catch just one general manager’s eye in hopes of earning a contract.

Dove, playing with the Thunder’s summer league team, played in Belgium last season.

"I’m just working hard, working out every day trying to get on somebody’s training camp roster and maybe make somebody’s team,” Dove said.

Dove doesn’t figure to have much of a chance of latching on with the Thunder, considering Oklahoma City’s roster is nearing the 15-player maximum. But the Thunder will always be interested in defensive-minded players like Dove, and the former Cowboy is hopeful his skills on that end lead to an opportunity.

"That’s kind of what I’m known for, so I kind of try to hang my hat on that,” Dove said. "Hopefully a team sees how hard I work on defense, and hopefully the Thunder or any team see that and wants to pick me up for that reason.”

Harden works on pick-and-roll
Harden has played in a variety of roles in the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. But the Thunder has put Harden at point guard a good amount of time, allowing the rookie to learn the intricacies of the pick-and-roll.

"The more I do it, the more I get comfortable with it and the better decisions I make out of it,” Harden said. "I think the coaches have faith in me just to make a decision out of the pick-and-roll. A variety is what I bring to the table.”