Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
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Thunder Waive Guard Alex Abrines

Thunder Waive Guard Alex Abrines

The Oklahoma City Thunder have released guard Alex Abrines, the team announced Saturday. Though Oklahoma City offered no explanation for his release, ESPN's Royce Young reports that the decision was one mutually agreed upon by both the team and Abrines so he can focus on attending to the issue at hand absent the distractions of basketball.

Abrines recently returned to play against the Orlando Magic and the Miami Heat but he has since missed the past three games for the team.

"He's still battling through some things and wasn't able to be here tonight", coach Billy Donovan said February 5 after Abrines was included on the active roster, but not at the game. "He's around the team, we always talk and communicate", said Billy Donovan on February 5th.

The Thunder are on the hook for the remainder of Abrines' $5,455,236 salary this season. He was expected to be a significant role player for the Thunder, providing floor spacing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

Abrines will be a free agent this summer, but it is unclear if he will remain in the United States or opt to return to his native Spain.

The Thunder roster now stands at 12. By rule, they will need to add two players within the next two weeks.

He was in the final season of a three-year, $17.2 million deal.

Abrines' release comes in the middle of a odd 2018-19 season that saw him struggle through the first 29 games (career-low 32.3% 3P), then missed 17 consecutive games due to personal issues.

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