OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that they have come to terms on a multi-year deal with former two-way rookie Luguentz Dort. Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not released.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Dort played one year at Arizona State where he earned Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors. A poor shooting streak during the second half of his lone season with the Sun Devils helped contribute to Dort’s fall in the 2019 NBA Draft — where he eventually signed with OKC as an undrafted two-way contract.
Dort made his NBA debut on December 6, 2019 in an overtime win against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The rookie would make his first start in place of Terrance Ferguson on January 20th against the Houston Rockets.
From there, Dort started the remainder of the season until the league was forced to suspend the play due to COVID-19 on March 11th. The Thunder went 16-5 with Dort in the starting lineup.
Dort averaged 7 points on 43 percent shooting including 36 percent from 3 during his 21-game starting stretch.
The NBA announced last week that for the first time ever, two-way players were eligible for the postseason. This allowed OKC to either sign him — which was the prevailing thought prior to league stoppage — or keep him as a two-way player.
The Thunder saw enough in Dort to want to invest in him and lock him up for at least a few more seasons. Keeping him as a two-way player into the postseason would have put some doubt into his future as a Thunder player.
For context, in March 2019, OKC signed then-two-way player Deonte Burton to a “multi-year” minimum deal (originally reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic). The deal was later revealed to be a two-year deal with a team option for the 2020-21 season.
Dort’s deal is under the same language — “multi-year deal” — but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Thunder gave Dort either a little more than the minimum or an extra year or two on his contract. Dort had more leverage than Burton did last year and has played more consistently.
This now provides OKC an option to sign another two-way player to bring to Orlando when play resumes in late-July.
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports