HoopsHype Hasheem Thabeet rumors

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

February 23, 2011 Updates

While it's "unlikely," according to a Jazz source, that Utah makes a big trade involving Millsap and/or Kirilenko, there are other, smaller moves possible as well. For instance, sources say the team has interest in Memphis big man Hasheem Thabeet. ESPN.com

Sean Deveney: Source says deal for H. Thabeet "not likely," because Heisley doesn't want to concede a mistake and wants leverage for Gasol's free agency. Twitter

February 22, 2011 Updates

You know I'm desperate when I report this rumor: I hear the Cavs have a mild interest in Hasheem Thabeet, the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft who has been a major disappointment for Memphis. The UConn product is 7-3, 270 pounds and extremely raw on offense. But he can block shots and perhaps can be a factor on defense. Memphis wants to dump his contract, which is worth about $5 million annually over the next three years. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 17, 2011 Updates

The player the Grizzlies have been peddling the most is Thabeet, the former No. 2 pick who has been a bust. "He's got no value, in my opinion," an NBA personnel scout said. "But it only takes one team to like him." SI.com

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The Griz continue to comb the league for a deal involving Hasheem Thabeet. They aren't getting any offers compelling enough to give away the 7-3 project center. Right now, it's J-will or bust. The Griz aren't planning to to sign any players to a 10-day contract. Memphis Commercial Appeal

He may have been the second-overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, but Thabeet almost seems unwanted. Just don't tell that to him. "I'm definitely getting better," Thabeet told HOOPSWORLD. "I'm doing all of the little things the coaches want me to do. I'm getting better every day." HoopsWorld

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