HoopsHype Hasheem Thabeet rumors

September 17, 2012 Updates

A native of the Republic of Tanzania and a collegiate product at Connecticut, Thabeet had no say in his three previous pro stops. The Memphis Grizzlies drafted him and eventually traded him to the Houston Rockets, who dealt him to the Portland Trail Blazers. Three teams in three years equaled no fun and little success. “Definitely this is a great opportunity for me,” Thabeet said. “Every situation in the past doesn't really matter. The present is what I've got to face. I've got to deal with what I can control, come in and work hard and just be a part of the team. “It's another situation, so I've got to come in with a different mentality and be ready to work hard.” Oklahoman

As long as Perkins is physically capable, he's the starter, and he let that be known after a Thunder Fit clinic at Deer Creek Middle School last Wednesday. “We're all teammates, but at the end of the day, the center position over here is mine and that's the way we're going to keep it,” said Perkins, wearing a brace on his left wrist. “Any other way, backup minutes or whatever they want to go about, that's their problem. Once I hit the court, I'm going to make it known — and it's going to be known — that that's mine. “It's no beef, but at the end of the day, that's what it is.” Oklahoman

August 6, 2012 Updates

Hasheem Thabeet recently signed with Oklahoma City, his fourth NBA team in as many seasons. The 7-foot-3 shotblocking specialist is expected to compete with former lottery pick Cole Aldrich for a back-up job. “It’s another opportunity for me,” Thabeet said. “(I want to) establish my position somewhere. I haven’t been consistent. That’s what I’m working on just to stay consistent and have a spot somewhere.” Connecticut News

July 12, 2012 Updates

(Latavious) Williams said he hasn’t decided where he’ll play next season. It’s unlikely that he gets a training camp invitation from the Thunder because OKC is set up front after signing Thabeet, and, more importantly, if Williams comes into camp and gets waived the Thunder loses his draft rights. The Thunder can’t, or better yet won’t, let that happen. Williams said he would prefer to play overseas, however, which is what I assume he’ll do once again. I asked Williams how tough it’s been to stay patient while waiting his turn and he said “I’ve been patient this long so I’m just going to keep it rolling and just do what I’ve got to do and see what’s next.” Oklahoman

July 5, 2012 Updates

Thabeet was the top center prospect after dominating most of his college competition. He was a lock to be a top three pick but was anything but a can’t-miss prospect. I remember writing about 53 stories examining Thabeet leading up to draft night. Some were warranted. Some definitely were overkill. But the big man was a fascinating ballplayer, one who possessed defensive skills the Thunder sorely lacked back then. Opinions varied on Thabeet, but everyone, it seemed, had one. One person I work closely with who shall remain nameless even remixed The Go-Go’s 80s hit “We got the beat” by circling the office crooning “Don’t draft Thabeet, don’t draft Thabeet, don’t draft Thabeeeeet. Don’t draft Thabeet.” The guy was just a polarizing player. But he had so much size, so much potential. The Thunder was enamored with Thabeet and, clearly, still is to this day. Oklahoman

The Oklahoma City Thunder has agreed with former No. 2 overall pick Hasheem Thabeet on a two-year contract. The deal cannot officially be signed until the league's free agent moratorium period is lifted on July 11. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately known, but the contract, which will be fully guaranteed for both seasons, is believed to be a minimal salary, or roughly $880,000 in the first year of the contract. Oklahoman

The addition of Thabeet all but guarantees veteran center Nazr Mohammed will not return to the Thunder. If not, that paves the way for third-year center Cole Aldrich to step into the primary backup role behind starter Kendrick Perkins. Thabeet is expected to be the third-string center. Oklahoman

July 4, 2012 Updates

Marc J. Spears: 7-3 center Hasheem Thabeet agrees to two-year deal with @okcthunder, source tells Y! Second overall pick in 2009 draft joining his 4th team. Twitter

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Royce Young: The Thunder have been interested in Thabeet for a while. Very low risk, potentially very high reward move. Twitter

First the Perry Jones "gamble," now Hasheem Thabeet? Source says Oklahoma City is the most likely landing spot for the 7-3 center who was taken No. 2 by Memphis in 2009 and will be playing for his fourth team (assuming he doesn't sign with Portland, Houston or the Griz). Sulia

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While no deal is imminent and the pieces are still being discussed, sources said the talks have involved the Rockets' two top-10 picks from the 2009 draft -- center Hasheem Thabeet (No. 2 by Memphis) and power forward Jordan Hill (No. 8 by New York). The Rockets have other young former first-rounders who could be included as well, among them second-year forward Patrick Patterson, third-year point guard Jonny Flynn and third-year small forward Terrence Williams. They also have a 2012 first-round pick from the Knicks that the Hornets would love to obtain. SI.com

January 25, 2012 Updates

Thabeet was less clear about his preference. The top pick of the group, going second to Memphis, Thabeet has been on the inactive list through most of this season. He played in just two games with the Rockets last season after the trade-deadline deal that sent Shane Battier to the Grizzlies. "Whatever option will be great for me," Thabeet said. "I believe everything happens for a reason. I work hard. Whatever is going to happen will be good for me, I guess. I go out and train every day. I'm just going to keep working." Houston Chronicle

October 6, 2011 Updates

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