Less than 24 hours after not hearing his name called during the NBA draft, former Sooner forward Aaron McGhee finally has a home in the NBA.
McGhee, who was not selected in the first two rounds of the 2002 draft, signed a free agent contract on Thursday with the Golden State Warriors.
Warriors General Manager Gary St. Jean immediately phoned McGhee following the draft late Wednesday night to begin negotiations with the Aurora, Ill. native. St. Jean told OUInsider.com that the Warriors almost drafted McGhee with the 30th pick, but said that the former Sooner still has an honest shot to make the team.
It was thought by many NBA draft guru's that McGhee, who earned Co-MVP honors at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago, would be drafted in the middle of the second round.
But an apparrent knee ailment detected during a physical taken before the draft may have scared some NBA execs away from drafting McGhee.
"I don't know if he didn't pass his physicals, but they thought that really hurt him," said Oklahoma Head Coach Kelvin Sampson in Thursday's edition of the Daily Oklahoman.
"I don't think that had anything to do with it," McGhee told the Oklahoman. "My knee's fine. It's just a little tendonitis, that's all."
McGhee becomes the second Sooner on the Golden State roster, joining former Sooner guard Mookie Blaylock.
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