Thunder Twitter’s favorite draft prospect has found his way back to the Oklahoma City social media circle. Vrenz Bleijenbergh, who many Thunder fans assumed would be on the team’s radar during the 2021 draft, tweeted congratulations to a player who signed with OKC.
Bleijenbergh, born in Belgium, tweeted his excitement for fellow European player Vit Krejci after Krejci signed a multi-year deal with the Thunder on Friday.
The two are friends, Bleijenbergh told the Down To Dunk podcast, and when the Belgium wing visited OKC during the 2021 draft process, it was Krejci who picked him up from the hotel and showed him around the downtown area.
As a 6-foot-10 wing who can shoot from deep, Bleijenbergh seemed like a potential fit into the system the Thunder are trying to put together. The friendship with Krejci seemed like another sign he may have had the inside track for OKC, who held three second-round draft picks.
Instead, Bleijenbergh went undrafted and joined Real Betis of the Spanish Liga ACB, the same league for which Krejci played before being drafted in 2020.
Krejci’s draft rights were traded to the Thunder from the Washington Wizards. He missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in September, and on Friday signed a deal reported to be for four years, only the first of which is fully guaranteed.
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Source: Yahoo Sports