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The Thunder gave Kevin Durant's jersey number to an undrafted rookie

18 Octobre 2017

Undrafted rookie PJ Dozier has officially agreed to a two-way contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

P.J. Dozier was signed by the Thunder on Tuesday to a two-way contract, and will wear #35, Durant's uniform number for OKC.

The number will likely be retired by the Thunder someday, but for now it belongs to Dozier, who claimed he didn't get any brushback from the organization for selecting it.

He chose it because it was the number his second cousin, the late Reggie Lewis, wore in Boston. Lewis eventually blossomed into an All-Star guard, twice averaging more than 20 points per game and becoming the leading scorer on a Celtics team transitioning out of the era led by future Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.

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The Boston Celtics selected Lewis out of Northeastern University in the first round of the 1987 National Basketball Association draft, one year after the sudden post-draft death of first-round pick Len Bias.

Dozier was in training camp with the Dallas Mavericks until being cut last weekend.

This season there will be a No. 35 on the court for the Thunder, but Kevin Durant will not be wearing it. "I saw it was open and took advantage of it".

The 20-year-old went undrafted this year and was once projected as a mid-first round pick after helping the South Carolina Gamecocks get to the Final Four, but after further review of his medical history, National Basketball Association teams shied away from selecting him, ultimately falling out of the draft board.