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OKC Thunder waives Admiral Schofield and TJ Leaf

The Thunder waived forwards Admiral Schofield and TJ Leaf on Friday night after the team's final preseason game. 

Leaf played six minutes in the 105-103 loss to the Bulls. Schofield did not play Friday, but he appeared in the Thunder's first two preseason games. 

The Thunder's roster now stands at 16 players, plus Moses Brown and Josh Hall on two-way contracts. Teams can have a maximum of 15 players signed to standard contracts, which leaves general manager Sam Presti with one more move to make by the start of the regular season. 

The Thunder acquired Leaf and a 2027 second-round pick from the Pacers last month in exchange for guard Jalen Lecque. Leaf, a first-round pick in 2017, was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He's due $4.3 million. 

Schofield was traded to the Thunder on draft night. The Thunder received Schofield and the 37th pick, used to select Czech guard Vit Krejci, from the Wizards. Washington received the 53rd pick, which became Cassius Winston, and a 2024 second-round pick. 

Schofield was under contract for $1.5 million this season and $1.8 million next season. 

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Oklahoma City huddles before the NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City,  Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City huddles before the NBA preseason game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chicago Bulls at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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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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