The Thunder have waived forward Jack White in order to get their roster to the regular season limit, the team announced today. Oklahoma City now has 15 players on standard contracts and three on two-way deals.
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White, 26, went undrafted out of Duke in 2020 and spent the next two years playing in his home country of Australia before coming stateside for the 2022/23 season. He was on a two-way contract with the champion Nuggets for all of last season, though he logged just 66 minutes across 17 regular season games at the NBA level.
White had a far greater role for the Grand Rapids Gold, Denver’s G League affiliate, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 33.2 minutes per game (26 contests), with a shooting line of .563/.438/.767.
The Nuggets issued White a qualifying offer, making him a restricted free agent, but withdrew it early in free agency, allowing him to sign a two-year, minimum-salary contract with Oklahoma City. Only $600K of that deal was guaranteed, however, making White a logical odd man out when the Thunder faced a roster crunch this month. OKC will remain on the hook for that $600K unless another team claims White off waivers.
Assuming he passes through waivers, White will likely receive interest from teams looking to fill out their two-way contract slots. He won’t be eligible to re-sign on a two-way deal with the Thunder, since his partial guarantee exceeded $75K.