Thunder waive third-year guard Abrines

Alex Abrines has been waived by the Thunder.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have waived guard Alex Abrines, according to Shams Charania of Stadium.

Abrines, 25, averaged 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 19 minutes in 31 games this season for the Thunder, who chose him in the second round of the 2013 draft, though Abrines did not join them until three years later.

The third-year guard has played in only two games in the last six weeks while dealing with an undisclosed personal situation, according to Berry Travel of The Oklahoman. Abrines and the team came to a mutual decision that he needed to step away from the game to work on those issues, according to Royce Young of ESPN.

“He’s still battling through some things and wasn’t able to be here tonight,” coach Billy Donovan said after Tuesday’s game. “Honestly, we go day-by-day with him and continue to be supportive with him. He’s around the team, we always talk and communicate.”

The Thunder are on the hook for the remainder of Abrines’ $5,455,236 salary this season.

In three seasons with the Thunder, Abrines started 16 times in 174 games and averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game.

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