The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed rookie forward Grant Jerrett for the remainder of the season.
Jerrett, the 40th overall pick in last year’s draft, has played the entire season in the NBA Development League with the Thunder-owned Tulsa 66ers. In 27 games with the 66ers, Jerrett has averaged 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in 29.3 minutes.
A 6-foot-10 sharpshooting power forward, Jerrett has hit 36.4 percent of his 3-pointers this season, ranking second on the 66ers.
Jerrett will be with the Thunder through the postseason.
The Thunder has made similar late-season additions with Robert Vaden, a 2010 second-round pick who was signed in April 2011, and Mustafa Shakur in March 2010. Neither appeared in a game for the Thunder.
Jerrett played one season at Arizona before declaring for the NBA Draft. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 17.8 minutes with the Wildcats. He made 40.5 percent of his 3-pointers in his lone season at Arizona.
DURANT DISMISSES SCORING STREAK
Kevin Durant didn’t just downplay his 25-point scoring streak after moving past Michael Jordan for sole possession of third place on the all-time list.
He flat out dismissed it.
“I don’t really care about it,” Durant said after his 38 points and 11 rebounds Sunday at Phoenix. “I wish it was over.”
Durant has scored at least 25 points in 41 consecutive games. Wilt Chamberlain owns the single-season record at 80 games in the 1961-62 season. Oscar Robertson is second with 46 straight 25-point nights in the 1963-64 season.
Durant might wish the streak was over — if you’re buying that— but opponents could have a tougher time than you might think in stopping it.
“If you get into a situation where you’re saying, ‘I’m going to stop this one guy,’ then all of a sudden your team defense gets forgotten about,” said Suns coach Jeff Hornacek. “This is a team that’s been in the Finals. These guys are smart. Hovering around the weak side, they’ll use a different option and get layups and dunks.”
WESTBROOK, PERKINS LIKELY TO SIT
It’s unclear exactly what Thunder coach Scott Brooks will do with Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins against Sacramento on Tuesday, but it’s likely that both will get the night off.
The Thunder has held both out of at least one game of back-to-back sets, and with the Thunder set to play a much stiffer test in the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, it is believed both players will rest against the Kings.
Brooks typically had made the announcement during his pregame media session 90 minutes before the game.
Thunder guard Thabo Sefolosha is still hopeful to play on this current four-game road trip. He’s missed 18 straight games with a calf injury...Durant’s 15 3-point attempts Sunday at Phoenix were a career high...Steven Adams did not play against the Suns. It was the first time he has missed a game this season. Every Thunder player has now missed at least one game...Caron Butler has now made at least one 3-pointer in 13 consecutive games...Kings forward Rudy Gay is averaging 6.5 points on 33.3 percent shooting in two games against the Thunder this season...Kings guard Isaiah Thomas is out indefinitely with a bruised right quadriceps.