The Oklahoma City Thunder were granted a hardship exception earlier this season to add a 16th player to their injury riddled roster, but with the exception set to expire and some players expected to make a return soon, Oklahoma City waived guard Sebastian Telfair to bring their roster back down to 15.
The team announced Telfair’s release Wednesday night through a statement.
Telfair, 29, appeared in 16 games for the depleted Thunder, averaging 8.4 points and 2.8 and nearly 21 minutes per game. Oklahoma City signed guard Ish Smith earlier this month, and Telfair’s release indicates that Smith will be OKC’s third-string point guard once their roster is fully intact.
The waiving of Telfair may also mean that Thunder guard Russell Westbrook may be able to return soon from a hand fracture he suffered on back on Halloween. Thunder head coach Scott Brooks said earlier this week that both Westbrook and reigning MVP Kevin Durant participated in practice, (including contact drills,) and that he won’t rule Westbrook out for Friday’s game against the New York Knicks.