It looks like Oklahoma City may be in the process of acquiring a European big man, and no, we’re not talking about Pau Gasol.
News9.com first reported on June 28 the Thunder was in the process of buying out Tibor Pleiss’ contract with the Spanish basketball club Baskonia in order to bring Pleiss to OKC for this season. The club is in dire financial shape and Pleiss' contract is worth nearly $1 million.
Today, Jose Antonio Querejeta, the president of Pleiss’ club, said on Radio Vitoria, “Pleiss will go to the NBA, in Oklahoma or in another team.”
It’s unclear what the Thunder’s plans are for Pleiss, if in fact these reports are true. However, the Spanish club can’t force Pleiss into the league, as the Thunder hold his draft rights and all the cards in this situation. It’s possible OKC could send his rights to another team as part of a trade or it could bring him in if it feels it is out of the race for Pau Gasol.