The Oklahoma City Thunder have let go off their guard Alex Abrines. The team management revealed the news on Saturday (February 9). Abrines has appeared in only two games since December 23. He was reportedly sitting out because of personal reasons. The team and Abrines mutually decided for the 6-foot-6 guard to be released, with Abrines determining it best to step away from basketball to focus on his personal issue.
Abrines played six minutes against the Magic on January 29, and nine minutes against the Heat on February 1. He was around the team while dealing with the undisclosed personal matter, with the Thunder organization offering as much support as possible.
On his release, coach Billy Donovan said, "He's still battling through some things and wasn't able to be here tonight,. 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."
Abrines, 25, was selected 32nd overall in the 2013 draft by the Thunder following his professional stint in Spain. He inked a deal with the Thunder in 2016 after four seasons with FC Barcelona, wherein he was adjudged the EuroLeague Rising Star.
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