HoopsHype Hasheem Thabeet rumors


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

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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