HoopsHype Hasheem Thabeet rumors

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
July 2, 2012 Updates
July 1, 2012 Updates

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

June 21, 2012 Updates
March 15, 2012 Updates
February 1, 2012 Updates

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
June 28, 2011 Updates
June 26, 2011 Updates

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

March 21, 2011 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.