Thunder Sign Norris Cole

What to expect from the signing

In a somewhat surprising move on Tuesday afternoon, the Oklahoma City Thunder signed veteran point guard Norris Cole for the remainder of the season. The move was first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical.

As Oklahoma City has been expected to look for help in the back court following the deadline deal that sent Cameron Payne to Chicago, Cole emerges from the pack of potential replacements. The 28-year-old has played five seasons in the NBA, and won two titles with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

He most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015–16, appearing in 45 games and averaging 10.6 points, 3.7 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He has been a free agent throughout the 2016–17 campaign before agreeing to terms with Oklahoma City this afternoon.

Cole’s role on this team is yet to be determined, but he’s expected to pick up backup point guard duties behind Russell Westbrook. This would move Semaj Christon back out of the rotation for the foreseeable future, as Cole’s experience is preferred as the team prepares for the stretch run.

Not an earth-shattering move, but this will provide much needed help with the second unit. If this Thunder team is to make any sort of push in the playoffs, eliminating mistakes is the first step. Substituting Cole in place of Christon is a move in the right direction.