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November 7, 2014 Updates

Buycks was a young star in the European League where he averaged 12 points, two rebounds, and two assists in three games, but the 25-year-old wanted to explore an NBA deal and become available on the free agent market. RealGM

The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed free agent guard Ish Smith to a contract pursuant to the NBA’s hardship rule, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. NBA.com

Perkins wasn’t proud of his actions, either. “Just let the game come to you,” Perkins said about Jackson. “But with myself and with Serge, we got to do a better job with our body language and leadership skills, because I didn’t like the way I acted in the Brooklyn game as far as my body language toward Reggie. But we know Reggie means well. We support him. He’s one of my good friends off the court. So it’s no harm in that.” Oklahoman

Some have determined that he doesn’t want to be here and have braced themselves for that perceived desire to become a problem. Now, whether fair or not, Jackson will be criticized at the slightest sign of selfish play. Any possession that ends without Jackson making a pass is liable to be deemed stat-padding. Any forced shot could be seen as money-seeking selfishness. Oklahoman

“I don’t play for the fans so I’m not worried,” Jackson said when asked to explain future moments that might be viewed as selfish. “As long as my teammates know that my heart’s in the right spot, that I’m trying to do everything I can to go out there and compete and help my teammates and that we’re all trying to rally and get a win, that’s all I care about. Some fans are going to cheer you on. Some fans aren’t going to do so. They’re going to criticize you. That’s how the world works. So I’m not really worried about it.” Oklahoman

November 6, 2014 Updates

The Thunder is set to add point guard Ishmael Smith to its roster using a rare exception available only when the league determines a team is dealing with a hardship. It can be a complex and confusing process for fans attempting to following along as the Thunder acquires another player. So here’s a quick cheat sheet of answers to some of the more common questions about the exception and the journeyman point guard the Thunder is bringing in. Oklahoman

With seven players currently sidelined by injuries, the Thunder will sign guard Ish Smith using a hardship exception recently awarded by the league, according to a source. He is expected to be in uniform Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies. The Oklahoman earlier reported news of Smith's signing. Smith, 26, has played for seven teams in four seasons, most recently appearing in 70 games last season with the Phoenix Suns. He was with the Houston Rockets in the preseason before being waived. ESPN.com

What is a hardship exception? It’s a temporary roster spot that must be granted by the league. It allows a team to exceed the 15-man maximum roster when it has at least four players who are sick or injured for longer than two weeks. Each of the four sick or injured players must miss at least three consecutive games during their two-week absence. An independent physician, not the team’s doctor, must decide whether each player is required to miss two weeks. With Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Mitch McGary and Grant Jerrett all having missed at least three straight games while sidelined for at least the season’s first month with various injuries, the Thunder meets the criteria. Oklahoman

Long-awaited relief for the Thunder’s injury-ravaged roster has made its way to town. The Thunder has agreed to sign point guard Ishmael Smith via the hardship exception, a rare temporary roster spot the league must grant to allow depleted teams to exceed the 15-man roster maximum. Oklahoman

November 5, 2014 Updates

The injury-hit Indiana Pacers are in the process of signing free-agent guard Gal Mekel, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Mekel, who's in his second NBA season and ranks as one of Israel's two exports in the league alongside Sacramento's Omri Casspi, also drew interest from Oklahoma City since his release by the Dallas Mavericks last week. ESPN.com

November 4, 2014 Updates

Darnell Mayberry: After spraining his left foot Monday night, Andre Roberson joins Kevin Durant and Mitch McGary as Thunder players wearing a protective boot. It's more cautionary than anything. Just immobilizing his foot. No timeline has been given for Andre. But it isn't believed to be long term. Twitter @DarnellMayberry

 

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