McGary (suspension) will be waived by the Thunder on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports.
A first round pick in the 2014 NBA draft, McGary never developed into the player the Thunder hoped and also dealt with some character issues that aided in him being suspended for the first 15 games of the upcoming season. The Thunder have decided he's run out of chances and will be waived Monday, but it doesn't really change the Thunders' regular rotation as McGary likely wasn't going to see the court much. He's expected to resume his career in China or Europe for the time being.
McGary will be available for Sunday's preseason game against the Timberwolves.
McGary has dealt with a sore foot throughout the preseason schedule, but could make his debut Sunday now that he's been cleared for a return to the court. With that said, he should be good to go for the start of the regular season, although he's slated to miss the first 15 games of the season while on a suspension. McGary will enter the 2016-17 campaign as a deep reserve in the frontcourt and currently isn't expected to be a part of the Thunders' regular rotation.
McGary (foot) has been ruled out of Thursday's preseason game against the Grizzlies, Royce Young of ESPN.com reports.
McGary has yet to see any preseason action while dealing with a sore foot and is still without a concrete timetable for a return. He's not guaranteed a spot on the final regular season roster, as he's slated to miss the first 15 games of the regular season while on suspension and has been unable to get back to full strength. McGary's next opportunity to play will be Sunday against the Timberwolves, but his practice availability over the next few days should give us a better indication of his status for that outing.
McGary missed both of the
McGary has been suspended an additional 10 games to begin the 2016-17 season for non-compliance with the NBA's drug policy, The Vertical reports.
McGary had already been facing a five-game suspension for a violation of the policy back in July, so he'll now be ineligible for the first 15 games of the season. It's another setback for the former Michigan star, who faced a drug-related suspension in college prior to entering the draft. While he's played only sparingly over the last two seasons, McGary remains a relatively high-upside prospect, but it's unclear if the Thunder still consider him part of their long-term plans. Despite parting ways with Kevin Durant and Serge Ibaka over the summer, Oklahoma City has plenty of depth in the frontcourt, so it wouldn't be a surprise if GM Sam Presti explores the idea of moving McGary at some point.
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