Ryan Gomes signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a non-guaranteed contract and is trying to carve a role on the team heading into the regular season.

Gomes scored 11 points on three 3-pointers on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans, displaying a solid defensive mindset.

“I think I can provide that on a daily basis,” Gomes said. “Statistically, of course people watching want to see the numbers. But a part of this team is just doing the little things and stuff that might not show up in the stat sheet, being in the rotations at the right time, running guys off 3-point shots. Those are the types of things that coaches look for and really evaluate.”

When Gomes was released by the Los Angeles Clippers on the amnesty clause, he received words of encouragement from Sam Presti.

“It meant a lot to me,” Gomes said of Presti's support.