HOUSTON – A video camera shone on the left side of Thunder coach Billy Donovan's face, throwing the right side into shadows and setting a gloomy tone as he spoke of Oklahoma City's apostate guard Alex Abrines on Saturday.
"Although he will no longer be part of our team, we are all still here," he told the media scrum in front of Thunder's fight against the Rockets. "He is still part of the family and we do everything we can to help him move forward. He is a good guy. I feel sorry for having to deal with some of the things he has to do with, but we're all here to support him and help him in a way we can. "Thunder and Abrines agreed to mutually share midway Abrine's third season with the team so that the 25-year-old could best pay attention to his personal case, which forced him to miss 1
After missing 17 straight games, Abrines returned to the Thunder series on the team's three-game road trip last week, playing a combined 15 minutes against Orlando and Miami, but he has not played the side.
"He was very open, honest, transparent," Donovan said. "He was great through it all. It's one of those things where it was a personal case, I hope everyone will respect it, it's just. And I get people to try to dive or dig, I get that part. But from us it was just more trying to help him. "
Abrines performed in 31 games this season, averaging 5.3 points and 1.5 rebounds, while he shot 32.3 percent off. 3-point range.
Thunder chose Abrines in the second round (32th overall) in the 2013 NBA draft, but he spent three seasons in Spain with FC Barcelona before signing a three-year, $ 17 million deal in the summer of 2016 after Kevin Durants departure in free agency.
Abrines will be a free agent this summer, but it is unclear whether he will remain in the United States or choose to return to his native Spain. He completed his thunder possession on average 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per. Games and a 36.8 3-point goal goal in 174 regular seasons.
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