Thunder Signs Robert Vaden

OKLAHOMA CITY, 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 it has 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. This past season he shot 39.2 percent (74-for-189) from behind the arc for the 66ers. 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.

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