OKC Thunder: Seven players out for first preseason game
The Thunder will be without seven players, including three projected starters, for its first preseason game Saturday night.
Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley, Al Horford, Justin Jackson, Ty Jerome, Darius Miller and Josh Hall will not travel with the team to San Antonio, coach Mark Daigneault said Friday.
Daigneault cited various reasons, including NBA guidelines, internal camp management and "some nicks and bruises."
The list doesn't include Trevor Ariza, who remains away from the team indefinitely due to a personal matter.
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The Thunder and Spurs will tip-off at 6 p.m. Saturday. It will be the first of three preseason games for the Thunder.
Traveling with a makeshift roster could become commonplace as the season starts.
"That's obviously possible with COVID and testing and all that stuff," Daigneault said, "on top of all the natural things that happen over the course of a long season with injuries and management of load. It's something that we obviously have to expect, but it's hard to prepare for.
"There's kind of an opportunity presented with some of the volatility as well. We'll look forward to making the most of those situations when they do come up."
Twelve players should be available Saturday night based on the training camp roster:
Guards/wings: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson, Theo Maledon
Forwards: Aleksej Pokusevski, T.J. Leaf, Isaiah Roby, Admiral Schofield, Kenrich Williams
Centers: Mike Muscala, Moses Brown