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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s no secret the Oklahoma City Thunder is dealing with a series of injuries, but the team hopes relief is in sight after signing a new player to the team.

On Friday, the Thunder signed free agent guard Ish Smith.

Smith was signed to a contract using the hardship exception, which was recently given to the team by the NBA.

According to ESPN, the hardship exception allows a team to exceed the 15 man limit on a roster.

In order to be eligible for the exception, four players must miss at least three consecutive games and be out a minimum of an additional two weeks.

Also, an independent league physician has to approveĀ the waiver.

Smith spent the 2013-2014 season with Phoenix, where he averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 70 games.

He is expected to take the court against Memphis on Friday.