OKC Thunder Adds Akoon-Purcell, Gaddy, Henry & Moreland To Training Camp Roster


OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 30, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Thunder signed guard/forward DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell, guard Abdul Gaddy, forward Myke Henry and forward/center Eric Moreland, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released.

Akoon-Purcell (6-6, 200) was a two-way player for Denver during the 2018-19 season, appearing in seven games with the Nuggets. In two games with the Delaware Blue Coats, the Illinois State product averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.00 steals in 29.0 minutes.

Gaddy (6-3, 200) spent last season with the Oklahoma City Blue where he appeared in 49 games (48 starts) and averaged 9.5 points, 7.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 29.4 minutes, shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from three-point range.

Henry (6-6, 215) played for Ironi Nahariya of the Israeli BSL last year, appearing in 33 games (31 starts) and registering averages of 14.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.52 steals in 31.3 minutes. The Chicago native previously spent two seasons with the Oklahoma City Blue from 2016-18 before being signed to a Two-Way Contract by Memphis midseason where he played in 20 games with the Grizzlies and averaged 5.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.55 steals in 18.9 minutes.

Moreland (6-10, 240) is a four-year NBA veteran who previously played for Sacramento, Detroit, Phoenix and finished the 2018-19 season with Toronto. The NBA Champion has appeared in 83 career games and holds averages of 1.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 10.8 minutes, shooting 53.7 percent from the field.

A complete Oklahoma City Thunder training camp roster can be found here.

The Thunder will host its annual media day today beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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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