In 2016, veteran center Nazr Mohammed signed with the Thunder and filled a final roster spot. This time around, he’s back in a front office role.

In a piece on The Players’ Tribune on Monday, Mohammed officially announced that he accepted a position as a professional evaluation scout (identification and intelligence) for the Thunder. Mohammed, 40, started his role in late November, when The Oklahoman reported that the Thunder created a new initiative for former players to help create education for off-court careers.

Mohammed, the first former player to participate in the curriculum, has a relationship with Thunder general manager Sam Presti that goes back to San Antonio. Mohammed played for the Spurs two seasons (2004-05, 2005-06) and Presti was the assistant general manager in 2005 when the Spurs won the NBA Championship.

That relationship was influential in Mohammed pursuing a front-office position, and influential in him joining the Thunder in 2010, then again in 2016. Mohammed played 92 career regular-season games in Oklahoma City, averaging 3.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.