Thunder sign Donte Grantham to 2-way deal
Donte Grantham was a four-year player at Clemson University where the 23-year-old played in 114 games. Furthermore, Grantham has appeared in nine matches for the Oklahoma City Blue this season, averaging 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per contest.
As a two-way player, Grantham can only spend 45 days with the Thunder and he’ll have to spend the rest of that in the G League with the Blue. The pros and cons of two-way contracts are still subject of debate, but there’s no doubt this gives Grantham a more concrete opportunity to prove himself in Oklahoma City.
This contract will give the organization a long look at Grantham to see if he can become part of their future. Many players around the league have exceeded expectations on a two-way deal that led to a role in the NBA down the line.
It’s always possible for players to outplay their deals and land a spot in the rotation. It’s rare that it happens quickly, but it’s still possible. Grantham’s best hope would be to develop a consistent role that is needed in NBA rotations.
Right now, Grantham is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range with the Blue, so perhaps long-range shooting is his calling card.
Regardless, he has an opportunity to prove himself over the course of the rest of the season.