Sebastian Telfair will be back in the NBA next season, after agreeing to the veteran’s minimum to be a back-up point guard in Oklahoma City. Telfair last played in the NBA during the 2012-13 season, when he split time between the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. He spent last season in China, playing for the Tianjin Ronggang of the Chinese Basketball Association.
You may all remember Telfair as a much hyped prospect coming out of high school, when he was selected 13th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004. He has since played for eight teams in the NBA, with the Thunder set to become his ninth.
While he may never realize his potential, Telfair is still just 29 years old and has a great opportunity in Oklahoma City to carve out a niche as a second-unit point guard for a contender. Thabo Sefolosha is a free agent as well, and if he leaves, the Thunder may have to consider a starting back court of Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson.
This would mean, barring other moves, the minutes that Scott Brooks gave to Derek Fisher last season would go to Telfair. He’s not as capable a long-range shooter as Fisher, but his play-making skills can definitely help open up the floor for others on the court.
Bassy is back, and here’s hoping he’s finally found a home.
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