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Veteran forward Ryan Gomes said he worked out for the Thunder

by Anthony Slater Published: July 23, 2013
Mike Miller’s impending decision looms. Derek Fisher’s eventual signing is somewhat expected.

And if they both wind up in OKC, the Thunder brass will likely pack it in for this free agency period. Even if they don’t, OKC may not add another player to its roster.

But regardless, Sam Presti and the Thunder have stayed active, pursuing all options, which includes, apparently, working out veteran 6-foot-7 forward Ryan Gomes.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Gomes, who played in Germany this past season, said he recently worked out for the Thunder and Spurs.

While he didn’t mention if he had a standing offer from either (and he likely doesn’t, at least not from OKC), Gomes seemed to think he fits well with both organizations.

“I was never a superstar kind of guy, I was more of fill-in guy, but I’ve always been consistent,” Gomes told the paper. “My last year playing with Los Angeles wasn’t my best year, it was probably my worst in the NBA. So if I go to a team like (the Thunder or Spurs), I know what my roll is already. I’ll come in and try to fill any void they have there.”

At 30, Gomes is a seven-year pro with a decent résumé.

He was drafted in 2005 by the Celtics out of Providence, immediately turning into an impact player. Gomes averaged 7.6 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie, boosting those numbers to 12.1 and 5.6 his second season.

In 2007, as part of the blockbuster Kevin Garnett trade, Gomes was shipped to Minnesota, where he averaged double-digit points and at least 4.5 rebounds his next three seasons.

A free agent in 2010, Gomes signed a three-year deal with the Clippers, but because of his declining production (2.3 points and 1.9 rebounds in limited action in 2011-12), he was amnestied before last season.

Gomes played in Germany last year, averaging 12.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 10 games for the Artland Dragons. He’s a versatile and lengthy defender with a capable offensive game. And he’s searching for another job in the NBA.

Will it come in OKC? Likely not, but certainly a name to keep an eye on if other plans fall through.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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