West Notes: Thunder, Hoard, Jeffries, Russell, Oubre

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Oklahoma City is inking forward Jaylen Hoard to a two-way contract, according to the team.

Hoard, who went undrafted out of Wake Forest in 2019, spent part of training camp with the club. The 22-year-old suited up for the Blazers last season on a two-way contract in Portland.

Hoard’s signing adds to a busy day for the Thunder. OKC waived Justin Jackson this morning before signing Justin Robinson to a 10-day deal.

More news and notes from around the Western Conference

  • The Rockets have claimed DaQuan Jeffries off of waivers, according to Sham Charania. The forward, who was recently waived by the Kings, is under contract through the remainder of the season.

  • Malik Beasley will miss 4-to-6 weeks with a hamstring injury, per Charania. Beasley has only played in four of the last 17 games for Minnesota as a result of his suspension and hamstring injury.

  • D’Angelo Russell is returning to the Wolves’ lineup on Monday, according to Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. The former No. 2 overall pick has missed the past 26 games after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.

  • ICYMI: The Warriors reportedly declined an offer from the Pelicans for Kelly Oubre that included Lonzo Ball and a first-rounder pick. (More Rumors here).

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