Any hopes that Dez Wells would open the NBA season on the Oklahoma City Thunder with Kevin Durant ended Thursday.
The Thunder trimmed their roster to the league maximum 15 players by waiving four hopefuls. Among them, the ex-Maryland Terrapin who was with the Washington Wizards over the summer.
The odds weren't exactly in his favor for making the roster. Next to no action during preseason games didn't help the cause. Wells played in one preseason game. The 6-foot-5 forward tallied one point and one steal in five minutes of play.
Not selected in the 2015 NBA Draft, Wells, a childhood friend of Washington star John Wall, immediately signed with the Wizards for their summer league roster. At the time some potential roster openings existed, but eventually Washington added veteran depth on the wing. Any hope at impressing the Wizards or other teams during the Las Vegas event ended when Wells suffered a thumb injury. He eventually signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Thunder in August.
This won't be his last shot at the NBA, though it's unlikely any team adds him to their roster ahead of next week's season opening games. It's possible he could head overseas, but the D-League might be the best option at this late date. Either way, we haven't heard the last from Wells. For the moment, he's one of those recent college graduates looking for a job.