OKC Thunder Sign Mike Muscala


OKLAHOMA CITY, July 10, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward/center Mike Muscala, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released.

Muscala (6-11, 240) split last season between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers, appearing in 64 games (10 starts) and averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. A career 36.5 percent three-point shooter, the Bucknell product shot a career-high 41.8 percent from beyond the arc during the 2016-17 season, which ranked seventh among all forward/centers.

A six-year NBA veteran, Muscala has appeared in 307 career games (28 starts) and holds career averages of 5.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.9 minutes per game. He was selected 44th overall in the 2013 NBA draft and spent five seasons with the Hawks.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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