Archive for Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thunder dispatch Aldrich back to D-League Tulsa 66ers

December 30, 2010, 2:48 p.m. Updated December 31, 2010, 1:24 a.m.


— The Oklahoma City Thunder is sending rookie center Cole Aldrich back to the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti announced the move Thursday. Aldrich has played in seven games this season for Oklahoma City, averaging 1.0 point and 1.9 rebounds in about 7.9 minutes per game.

In his first assignment with Tulsa, Aldrich started all five games he played and averaged 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game.

The New Orleans Hornets picked the 6-foot-11 former Kansas star 11th overall in the NBA draft in June before trading him to the Thunder.


DRsmith 7 years, 1 month ago

No surprise here. He really isn't that good. If he works hard he can become an NBA journeyman at best. Not sure why a team would draft him so high.

So_tired_of_the_whiners 7 years, 1 month ago

Ummm, once he signed that contract, he became a pro and his eligiblity was gone.

As for the millions being there next year if he would have stuck around, that would depend on the looming NBA lockout.

Cole made a good decision, he just needs to work his tail off and get back to the NBA ASAP.

Steve Jacob 7 years, 1 month ago

Plus, he's on a very good team, hard to get minutes.

Terry Sexton 7 years, 1 month ago

Cole will be fine. He's a good player who will have a Scott Pollard-like career in the NBA. He's not even twenty-friggin-five. Heck, the one dude said something about him 'selling his youth to the highest bidder.' Are you kiddin' me?

woodscolt 7 years, 1 month ago

45 Aldrich, Cole C 6-11 245 22 R Kansas $2,126,520

I think this pretty much proves Cole made the right move. Had he stayed at KU another year, he likely would have been sent to the D league anyway. They are just trying to get him more playing time than he was getting in OKC

tophawk87 7 years, 1 month ago

You don't know what all went into his decision to turn pro, from what I understand, he did not come from a wealthy family, how would you like to buy your parents a new house? Cole stayed for the run last year with X, it just didn't work out, Northern Iowa had something to say about that....Cole will bounce around the league like Paul Mokeski and Greg Drieling and Greg Ostertag....the bodies stay the same, only the names change....

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