The Oklahoma City Thunder have made a flurry of roster moves throughout the course of Monday afternoon. After waving Justin Jackson earlier this morning, they inked Justin Robinson to a ten-day contract. Still, with a two-way roster spot to fill, left from the void of converting Moses Brown’s deal to a standard NBA contract, the team announced they are signing Jaylen Hoard to that two-way slot.
Jaylen Hoard has caught the Thunder’s eye for a while, even earning an invite to OKC Thunder training camp this preseason before eventually entering the NBA G-League Bubble with the OKC Blue.
Jaylen Hoard spent last season in Portland as a Two-Way player alongside Moses Brown. In the G-League bubble this year, Hoard did it all averaging nine points, five rebounds, two assists, and nearly a steal and block per contest. While shooting under 20-percent from deep, Hoard was effective at the rim shooting 49-percent from the floor.
Jaylen Hoard is 22-years-old and went to Wake Forrest after being tabbed as a top twenty prospect out of high school.
In 13 games for the Portland Trailblazers last year, Hoard averaged three points, two rebounds, and 46-percent from the floor.
Jaylen Hoard, along with Justin Robinson, will be available tonight against the Detroit Pistons. Mark Daigneault said he will throw these two right into the lineup despite the quick turnaround.
Hoard, thanks to the NBA Two-Way rule changes, will be able to play in each game from here on out this year with no limitations. I would expect Jaylen Hoard gets a ton of minutes down the stretch so OKC can see what they have in him.
For Jaylen Hoard, while he may not be fighting for an NBA job right now, he absolutely is fighting for a second two-way contract in OKC this summer. This next month could go a long way in that battle.
Hoard will not only have to play well but as a 22-year-old he will battle the undrafted prospects from the 2021 NBA Draft, as well as current fellow two-way player Josh Hall, who would likely return next year on the same deal taking up one of the two two-way slots from the Thunder.