The Oklahoma City Thunder have acquired a two-time NBA champion to serve as Russell Westbrook’s backup for the stretch run.
According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical, the Thunder have come to terms on a deal with free agent point guard Norris Cole that will bring him to Oklahoma City for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.
With the Thunder having shipped Cameron Payne to the Windy City in a trade for Doug McDermott and Taj Gibson, Oklahoma City needed to make a move to bolster their backcourt and Sam Presti appears to have done just that by adding Cole to the fold.
Cole, a first-round pick by the Chicago Bulls in 2011, made 45 appearances for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2015-16 season and averaged a career-high 10.6 points and 3.7 assists in 26.6 minutes per game while playing in the Big Easy.
The former Cleveland State standout owns career averages of 7.1 points, 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 22.7 minutes per game.