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OKC Thunder: Theo Maledon available for season opener

Thunder rookie point guard Theo Maledon will be available to play Saturday night at Charlotte, coach Mark Daigneault said before tip-off. 

Maledon missed the Thunder's final preseason game, and he was set to miss the Thunder's scheduled season opener Wednesday at Houston for personal reasons. That game was postponed, which means Maledon won't miss the Thunder's season opener after all. 

Veteran forward Darius Miller is also active for the Thunder. Miller missed all of last season with an Achilles injury. His last NBA game was March 28, 2019. 

Guard Ty Jerome (left ankle sprain) and forward Trevor Ariza (personal reasons) are out for the Thunder's 6 p.m. game against the Hornets (0-1). Ariza is away from the team, and his status isn't likely to change anytime soon. 

Daigneault, making his NBA head coaching debut, will start Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, George Hill, Luguentz Dort, Darius Bazley and Al Horford against the Hornets. 

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Oklahoma City's ThŽo Maledon drives to the basket as Chicago's Patrick Williams (9) defends during 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's ThŽo Maledon drives to the basket as Chicago's Patrick Williams (9) defends during 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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