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OKC Thunder waives forward Zylan Cheatham

The Thunder has waived forward Zylan Cheatham, general manager Sam Presti announced Wednesday. 

Cheatham was one of five players the Thunder received as part of the Steven Adams trade with the Pelicans

Cheatham signed a two-way contract with New Orleans last summer, and he appeared in four games with the Pelicans. The 6-foot-5 forward was a college teammate of Thunder guard Luguentz Dort at Arizona State. 

The Thunder has waived Cheatham and point guard Josh Gray in back-to-back days. Both players were acquired in the trade with New Orleans, and both agreed to similar three-year contracts as part of a sign-and-trade with Oklahoma City to make the money in the deal work.

The second and third years were non-guaranteed, but Cheatham and Gray will both collect the $1.4 million and $1.6 million they were due this season. 

The Thunder moved on from Cheatham and Gray after acquiring guard Frank Jackson and forward T.J. Leaf in subsequent deals. Leaf was a first-round pick in the 2017 draft, and Jackson was selected 31st in that same draft. 

OKC's training camp roster is still in flux as the trade it made with Philadelphia has yet to be finalized. Al Horford and rookie Theo Maledon, who were acquired from the 76ers, will not be able to report to training camp until Dec. 8 at the earliest. 

Teams can only have 20 players on their training camp roster, which made certain cuts necessary for the Thunder. The roster will be reduced to 15 players, plus two players on two-way contracts, by the start of the regular season Dec. 22. 

Related Photos
Aug 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zylan Cheatham (45) dunks against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 13, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zylan Cheatham (45) dunks against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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