Thunder release guard Alex Abrines, cite personal issue

Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder NBA 21102018

Alex Abrines Oklahoma City Thunder NBA 21102018

The Oklahoma City Thunder have released Alex Abrines.

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".

Drafted with the 23rd overall pick of the 2013 draft, Abrines made his National Basketball Association debut in 2016 after several seasons starring for F.C. Barcelona. "Honestly, we go day-by-day with him and continue to be supportive with him. He's around the team, we always talk and communicate", said Billy Donovan on February 5th.

After reportedly parting ways with Abrines, the Thunder now have just 12 players signed to guaranteed contracts and a pair of two-way contracts. He was expected to be a significant role player for the Thunder, providing floor spacing alongside Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams can have as few as 11 players on its active roster, but only for up to two weeks at a time. Players are eligible for the playoffs as long as they are waived by March 1.

Abrines appeared in 31 games (two starts) for the Thunder this season and averaged 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 19.0 minutes.

Abrines was selected by the Thunder in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft, but spent three seasons in Spain with FC Barcelona before being signed to a three-year, $17 million deal in the summer of 2016 following the departure of Kevin Durant in free agency.