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Hasheem Thabeet
Hasheem Thabeet
Position: None
Born: 02/16/87
Height: 7-3 / 2.21
Weight:263 lbs. / 119.6 kg.
Stephen Curry says he takes no satisfaction in closing out a Grizzlies team that declined to draft him, saying that he never thinks about it. The Grizzlies had the second pick in the 2009 draft and selected center Hasheem Thabeet. After spending time with six teams, Thabeet now plays in the D-league with little hope of returning to the NBA. Asked how the draft would turn out if it were to be redone today, Curry took a long pause and quipped, “They might still think I’m too small.”
The move allows the Thunder to get a $1.25 million traded exception, while the Sixers will receive money considerations from OKC. Thabeet’s $1.25 million salary will count against the Sixers’ cap only until they waive him, then it no longer will as the money is not guaranteed. Since no trade can be made for nothing, the Sixers gave up a second-round pick in next year’s draft to OKC. The kick is that it is top 55 protected, meaning that unless the Sixers are one of the top five teams in the league, they’ll hold on to the pick.
The Thunder has a $1.25 million team option on Thabeet for next season. His contract, as well as his willingness to accept and succeed at his role, makes him a quality yet relatively inexpensive option as a third string center, one who proved this year that he can provide solid minutes when given the opportunity. But this could be a big summer for the Thunder, with roster changes coming and the always complicated salary cap to consider.
Just before ducking under a doorway and into NBA offseason oblivion, Hasheem Thabeet, all smiles as usual, thanked the media and wished writers and broadcasters a good summer. “I don’t get to talk very often,” the Thunder’s jovial 7-foot-3 center joked at the conclusion of his exit interview. Nothing sums up Thabeet’s season better than that scene. He was happy. He was positive. He was professional.
Thabeet wants to return. The Thunder gave him a chance two years ago when it seemed the rest of the league had given up on him. Oklahoma City is where Thabeet has grown confident and regained a passion for playing the game and being a part of a team. “That’s the goal,” Thabeet said of coming back. “I don’t know anything else. I haven’t heard anything else. I’m going to be here over the summer working out. That’s really all I can say about that situation.”
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The team and its players are also conscious of its role and influence around the world. That is why Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet, all of whom have roots in Africa, will be traveling to the continent from August 29th-September 1st to take part in the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. The event, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a basketball camp for 60 of the top 18-and-under players throughout the African continent. In addition to learning the game of basketball, the young participants will be involved in life skills seminars, while the Thunder trio will be working with NBA Cares to give back to communities in need.