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The Thunder gave Kevin Durant’s jersey number to an undrafted rookie

A few days after being waived by the Dallas Mavericks, his second National Basketball Association team since leaving South Carolina, PJ Dozier was signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday. This is a team that will go as Westbrook goes, just like it did past year, even if the MVP has two All-Stars as running mates now.

There was a time Thunder fans dreamed of Kevin Durant’s jersey hanging from the rafters after several championships and years of memories, instead this happened. It’s not like the Thunder should venerate Durant’s number or anything, he’s gone – but giving it to Dozier, a player on a two-way contract is a not-so-subtle jab.

Terms of Dozier’s agreement weren’t released.

Dozier was signed as an underfeed free agent by the Los Angles Lakers on NBA Draft night and waived by the team in the summer.

In two seasons at South Carolina Dozier put up 10.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals a game after appearing in 70 games. He’s not there any more, but there will be a No. 35 on the court for OKC this season.

“The 6’6” guard averaged 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists for the Gamecocks during their Final Four run last season.

The Oklahoma City Blue open up the season November 3 against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

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