THUNDER SIGNS ROBERT VADEN OF THE TULSA 66ERS

TULSA, Okla., April 9, 2011 – Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced that the team has signed guard Robert Vaden from the Tulsa 66ers. At the same time the team announced that they have assigned Vaden back to the 66ers.

Vaden, who was originally acquired by the Thunder from Charlotte on draft night 2009, has played the entire 2010-11 season with the Tulsa 66ers. Vaden averaged 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 45 regular season games with the 66ers. He also shot .392 (74/189) from behind that arc for the 66ers this season. Vaden averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the 66ers two game sweep of the Texas Legends in the first round of the D-League playoffs.

“We are happy to add Robert to our team.” said Presti. “Robert has been a dedicated and consistent worker for our program and has excelled in our system in Tulsa under the direction of Head Coach Nate Tibbetts and Assistant Coach Dale Osbourne. We value the role of the 66ers in the overall development of the Thunder organization and this opportunity for Robert comes as a result of that synergy."

The 6-5 University of Alabama-Birmingham product, posted averages of 17.6 points 4.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game during his senior year.

Vaden spent the 2009-10 season with Imola in the Italian second division.

The Tulsa 66ers have advanced to the semifinals of the 2011 D-League Playoffs and will take on the winner of the Iowa Energy-Utah Flash series.