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Thunder sign center Daniel Orton to training camp contract

By Ben Golliver | Blogger

His second chance starts now.

The Oklahoma City Thunder announced the signing of unrestricted free agent center Daniel Orton on Saturday. The Oklahoman reports that the contract is of the non-guaranteed, make-good in training camp variety.

Orton, 21, was the Orlando Magic's first round pick in 2010. He appeared in only16 games over his two years in Orlando, notching 2.8 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

It's unusual for a young big man selected in the first round not to have his rookie contract picked up by the team that drafted him, but that's where Orton finds himself this summer. His signing by the Thunder in this fashion is a no-risk maneuver. If he shows that he can put knee problems behind him and contribute in any way, it's free money.

If not, the team already has has 15 players on the roster, including a stacked frontline that includes a dependable starting center (Kendrick Perkins), a shot-blocking big man (Serge Ibaka), a glue guy (Nick Collison), an MVP candidate who can shift up to power forward (Kevin Durant), an up-and-comer (Cole Aldrich) and a project center (Hasheem Thabeet).

This boils down to: "Why not take a look?"

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