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News » Thunder signs Harden, Ibaka and Mullens

Thunder signs Harden, Ibaka and Mullens

Thunder signs Harden, Ibaka and Mullens
The Thunder announced Saturday that it has signed rookies James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Byron Mullens to contracts.

Harden was the third overall pick in this year's draft, Mullens was selected 24th by Dallas and acquired in a draft-night trade and Ibaka was the team's 24th pick in the 2008 draft.

Ibaka spent last season playing with Ricoh Manresa of the Spanish ACB League. He averaged 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and one block in 15.5 minutes per game.

Per team policy, terms of the players' contracts were not disclosed. But under NBA rules as outlined in the collective bargaining agreement's rookie scale, Harden can sign for a maximum first-year salary of $4,004,160. Mullens and Ibaka can both be signed to a first-year contract of a maximum of $1,203,000.


Second-year guard Russell Westbrook is scheduled to play in the Thunder's opening game in the NBA Summer League tonight against Memphis. Westbrook was originally scheduled to play only in Orlando.

"I think the leadership that Russell has displayed has been tremendous," said Thunder coach Scott Brooks. "Guys have really followed his lead as a point guard. You have to establish that early in every game, and I think he's done a great job with that."


Kyle Weaver is questionable for tonight's game after injuring his left thumb in a summer league game in Orlando. Thunder officials were expected to have results of medical examination of Weaver's thumb on Friday to determine the severity of the injury, but it's unclear the extent of the setback.


Tony Durant, the older brother of Kevin Durant, will join the Thunder for its slate of games in Las Vegas. Tony Durant, a product of Towson University, is a 6-foot-7, 247-pound forward.

Other additions to the Las Vegas roster will include Marcus Dove, Richard Roby, Doug Thomas and Keith McLeod. De'Angelo Alexander and Kyle Hines will not play in Las Vegas after playing in Orlando.

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