HoopsHype Hasheem Thabeet rumors

June 28, 2011 Updates
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I’ve been told the Rockets have offered Hasheem Thabeet and Jordan Hill. Haven’t confirmed if they were offered as a package, but the figures add up. Thabeet, a former No. 2 overall pick, is widely regarded as someone who simply not good enough to play in the NBA and probably won’t be. There is still some hope for Jordan Hill, but he’s got a Post-It note on his back that says “stiff.” Contra Costa Times

April 19, 2011 Updates

Hasheem Thabeet was one of the sticking points for both sides. Adelman (like all of his NBA predecessors) had no faith in Thabeet's playing ability, but the front office was probably looking for Adelman to work his magic with their new project center. Adelman had no problem putting Dragic on the floor, and by the end of the season the project point guard was looking like someone who could help them long-term . . .even finished the season by recording a triple-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a blow-out win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. But not Thabeet. He appeared in exactly two games for the Rockets, and in each case it was for the last two minutes of blow-out wins. He amassed three fouls and one block without scoring in those four minutes. HoopsWorld

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He could be given a chance in the NBA Development League with the Rockets-controlled Rio Grande Valley Vipers to show potential and work on his game. But Thabeet will try to demonstrate his potential to grow in workouts. "I have to come out here and work," Thabeet said. "I'm not just sitting here thinking because my third year is picked up already it is time to relax. I'm ready to work. I'm committed to this. I want to come out here and become a great player and also a great person. "Let them judge by my work ethic. I have to show them I really want it. I'm ready to work. A lot of people have been saying a lot of negative things about me. That really doesn't bother me. What bothers me is what I can control. I'm going to work, get better every day. I like to learn and that's what I'm going to do." Houston Chronicle

February 27, 2011 Updates

Forward DeMarre Carroll joined Yao Ming on the Rockets' inactive list Saturday. Hasheem Thabeet was officially active, but there were no plans for him to be active during Saturday's game, although he played late in the game with the Rockets ahead by 22 points. "He hasn't been playing for them (Grizzlies)," coach Rick Adelman said. "I don't know what I'm supposed to do with him. Let's give him 36 hours and we'll figure it out." Houston Chronicle

February 26, 2011 Updates

New Rockets center Hasheem Thabeet told FOX 26 Sports Friday he is "excited" to join the Houston organization. The Rockets acquired Thabeet, who is 7'3", from the Memphis Grizzlies in the trade that sent Shane Battier to Memphis. "It's crazy and great at the same time," Thabeet said. "It's a new beginning, a new opportunity and I'm very excited." Thabeet said it's not easy to be a young player and get traded. "It's pretty tough," Thabeet said. "I'm not the first player to be traded. "I spoke with (Grizzlies) assistant coach Damon Stoudamire and he told me a lot of guys get traded. "Shaq (Shaquille O'Neal) was traded, so it happens." FOX 26 Sports

February 25, 2011 Updates

It's true the 7-3 Thabeet wasn't playing much for the Grizzlies and already was being regarded by many as a bust. But Memphis owner Michael Heisley admitted in an extensive interview with FanHouse he has reservations about dispatching Thabeet. "I don't know whether it's a mistake (having drafted Thabeet),'' Heisley said. "I look at (giving up Thabeet) with great concern. ... I think Houston needs a good center and I think that Thabeet could come back to haunt us. ... Absolutely, it's hard for us (to trade Thabeet). It's extremely hard. ... If he develops, he's going to be a big factor in this league and we might be eating our words.'' FanHouse.com

"The problem is we were fortunate to have a very, very great center in Marc Gasol,'' said Heisley, pictured at right. "That didn't give us a lot of time to put Thabeet on the floor. When you play in the Western Conference, lots of times you play against teams that use four-fives rather than 7-footers (at center). They're very difficult sometimes for 7-footers to guard. So you have to counter with your own power forward like (Darrell) Arthur (who at 6-7 often plays center with Memphis' second unit). So it was very tough for us to give him playing time. "When we drafted (Thabeet), Tony Barone, who's head of our player personnel thing, said, 'If you draft him, then you've got to play him. He needs to get minutes to develop.' ... We basically never really could find the time for him to get him in the lineup to really develop him as much.'' FanHouse.com

February 24, 2011 Updates

The Grizzlies traded O.J. Mayo to Indiana for power forward/center Josh McRoberts and a first-round draft pick while moving Hasheem Thabeet and a future first-round selection to Houston in exchange for forward Shane Battier just as the NBA’s trade deadline expired at 2 p.m. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Here's the problem with the whole 'Olajuwon will help Thabeet' theory: Hakeem isn't interested in a full-time gig involving basketball, and trying to get Thabeet to care about basketball is a full-time gig. If the Rockets are going to trade Battier they should send him to LA, Boston, Chicago, San Antonio . . .somewhere he can compete for a championship. Sending him to Memphis is a disservice, and Thabeet is hardly worth Battier. HoopsWorld

A deal would hinge on Memphis’ willingness to also include a future first-round draft pick in its bid to reunite with Battier. The Griz failed in their initial attempt to acquire Battier earlier this year and may try to enlist a third team to avoid sending the Rockets a pick. Battier, who was Memphis’ first draft pick in 2001, played five seasons for the Griz, averaging 10.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. He was traded to the Rockets in July 2006 in the deal that brought Rudy Gay to the Grizzlies. Memphis Commercial Appeal

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