Thunder sign Norris Cole for remainder of the season

Feb 21, 2016; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) drives the ball defended by Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the first quarter at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder have signed free agent point guard Norris Cole for the remainder of the season as they make their push to the playoffs.

Cole last played for the New Orleans Pelicans last season, averaging 10.6 points per game on 40 percent shooting from the floor. He appeared in 45 games, starting 23 of them.

When the Pelicans did not re-sign Cole, he put his sights on China. He played for Shandong in the Chinese Basketball Association. Cole averaged 19.1 points per game in nine games for Shandong. He shot only 41 percent and 28.9 percent from three. Cole only played for Shandong for three months and hasn’t played organized basketball since the beginning of December.

For his career, Cole is averaging 7.1 points per game on 32.6 percent from three and 40.9 percent from the floor. He’s a defensive minded player who was a catalyst off the bench for the Miami Heat during their Championship runs. Cole won two NBA championships with LeBron and Co. while in Miami.

Cole spent for years at Cleveland State before being drafted by the Bulls with the 28th pick in the first round of the 2011 draft. His rights were traded on Draft night to Minnesota for Nikola Mirotic, who in turned flipped those to Miami for Bojan Bogdanovic.

The price of Cole’s contract is unknown but the flamboyant personality of Cole and his hard nosed defense could be a god send to a second unit that can struggle at the point guard position.

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