Robert Vaden Rumors
Robert Vaden signed a three-month contract in Slovakia with Nitra who finished last season in second place. The player was selected by Charlotte Bobcats with the 54th overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and spent his rookie season as pro with Aget Imola, in Legadue. Last season Vaden was in NBDL with Tulsa 66ers averaging 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg.
The Oklahoma City Thunder first acquired Robert Vaden on on the night of the 2009 NBA Draft when they sent “cash considerations” to the Charlotte Bobcats in return for Vaden, the 54th overall pick earlier that evening. Two seasons later and Vaden will sign his first contract with the Thunder as a source with knowledge of the situation has informed Ridiculous Upside that the the Thunder will call up Vaden from their D-League affiliate Tulsa 66ers for the remainder of the season.
It’s unlikely Vaden will find minutes on the Thunder. The team’s rotation is set, and talented players like Nate Robinson are already squeezed out. So why did the Thunder sign a guy who probably isn’t going to play? The answer can be found in something rather significant the Thunder is doing — growing from within. Vaden’s signing is the organization’s latest example of its commitment to its current cast of young players. For the Thunder, a laundry list of guys already make up that group. In addition to Vaden, the list includes Byron Mullens, Cole Aldrich, Ryan Reid, Latavious Williams and Tibor Pleiss. Last season, D.J. White and Kyle Weaver also fell into that category.